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Diversity & Inclusion


At Xylem, we recognize the power of diversity and inclusion in driving innovation and allowing us to compete more effectively around the world. With more than 16,000 employees at work in 150 countries our culture is global and diverse. We are committed to a workplace that creates a sense of belonging for everyone - where everyone feels involved, respected, valued and connected, and where everyone is free to bring their authentic selves and ideas. Our culture of inclusion fosters innovation, creating expertise and cutting-edge technologies to help water operators and communities around the world address the growing water challenges they face.   

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Diversity in all its forms allows us to compete more effectively around the world and drive exceptional customer satisfaction, innovation and company performance. We are committed to reflecting the diversity of the communities where we live and work, and the customers we serve. Every day, Xylem employees are advancing diversity and inclusion in exciting and impactful ways.

Xylem Partnerships

We partner not only with our colleagues to grow our Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, but outside organizations and entities to share our initiatives. Some of our partners include: Human Rights Campaign, Business Roundtable and the World Bank, including the development of youth through our role as a founding sponsor of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize. View our 2019 timeline here to see our activities and events.

Global Diversity & Inclusion Council

Formed in 2018, Xylem’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council exists to raise awareness, promote the benefits of inclusion and diversity, support implementation of practices, establish metrics, and monitor and engage with senior leadership on progress. With the support of our executive sponsors, this global 10-member council meets monthly to collaborate, plan and advance diversity and inclusion at Xylem.

"At Xylem, we know that inclusion and diversity, and the strong cross-section of ideas and perspectives it enables, is vital to building a culture of innovation. We work every day to create an environment that welcomes ideas, values diverse thinking and recognizes the unique perspectives and experiences of every employee."
– Nancy Dunn, Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion

Xylem’s eight leadership behaviors define what our leaders need to display to earn the trust of their teams every day:

1.   Develop people
2.   Innovate and take risks
3.   Act boldly
4.   Focus on customers
5.   Embrace Diversity and Inclusion
      - Be a role model for embracing diversity and inclusion
      - Appreciate the strength that everyone brings and foster inclusion within teams
      - Be open to and solicit different perspectives
      - Seek out advice from new and diverse sources
6.   Be accountable and deliver results
7.   Communicate clearly and candidly
8.   Champion collaboration

Employee Network Groups

Xylem has four Employee Network Groups that connect and engage employees across the company to exchange ideas, gain valuable skills, and share resources. These internal, self-governed groups enhance professional development, enrich company culture, and support business strategies in the areas of recruitment, retention, community involvement, and customer relationships. Collectively, more than 2,500 employees actively participate as members of our four networks: Women’s, Emerging Leaders, Veterans, and LGBT+ and Allies Networks

“We are committed to fostering a vibrant, inclusive professional environment in which all our colleagues can thrive as their authentic selves. Local employee networks play an important role in achieving this objective by providing a focused group that generates programming, initiatives, dialogue and change specific to a particular region, business or functional group. In 2019, we initiated and created an employee network toolkit as a resource to grow even more networks. We are personally very excited to support advancing our employee networks at Xylem!”
–Joe Vesey, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Diversity & Inclusion Champion

International Women’s Day

Celebrated on March 8th, International Women’s Day is a global day of recognition of women's achievements and a call to action to support women's rights and advance gender equality.

In 2019, Xylem colleagues around the world embraced the #BalanceforBetter International Women’s Day theme helping to raise awareness about gender parity by participating in events, engaging in team workshops, posting photos to social media, wearing the color purple (the women's equality color) and listened to guest speakers.

"We stand committed to #BalanceforBetter – and to harnessing the power of diversity and inclusion to achieve a more water-secure and sustainable world.”
– Xylem CEO @PatrickKDecker

Human Rights Campaign- The Corporate Equality Index

In 2019, Xylem received a score of 75% on the 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a benchmarking tool for U.S. businesses on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees. The CEI rates workplaces on LGBTQ inclusive policies, benefits, and competencies, and measures public commitment to and corporate social responsibility for LGBTQ equality.

We are proud to report a perfect score of 100% for the 2021 survey.

Stockholm International Water Week- Women in Water Networking

As a founding sponsor of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize and a partner to Stockholm International Water Week, Xylem sponsored the first Stockholm International Water Institute Women’s Networking Breakfast in August 2019. The event, titled “Driving  Water Transformation through the Power of Diversity & Inclusion,” focused on water leader’s commitment to advance gender diversity in the water sector. Xylem President and CEO Patrick Decker, 2019 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate Dr. Jackie King and Senior Director for the World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice Jennifer Sara engaged in a conversation about the role women can play in solving water and advancing women in the water industry: as innovators; as decision makers; as thought leaders; and as agents of change.

Inspired by the World Water Week theme “Water for society- including all,” the dialogue promoted women’s meaningful participation at all levels of the industry, as well as inspire the next generation of women pursuing careers in the water industry.

We have the opportunity of a lifetime across our company and our communities to advance diversity for a more vibrant exchange of ideas that fuel innovation.