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.   

D&I and Sustainability

Xylem is committed to advancing sustainability by serving our customers, building a sustainable company and empowering communities – and we believe diversity and inclusion is a critical catalyst.   Innovation is essential for Xylem to solve the greatest water and critical infrastructure challenges of our time. The best way for us to achieve this aim and serve our stakeholders is to develop a world-class culture that taps into the power of D&I. Bringing together people from different backgrounds and cultures, with different perspectives, talents and experiences, sparks new ideas and different ways of seeing and solving problems. Innovation, in turn, leads to better products and services for our customers and enables Xylem to deliver proactive, efficient and sustainable solutions that protect the environment and address water scarcity, affordability, and the resilience of communities.

D&I is also critical to building a sustainable company. We are passionate about increasing diversity in our workforce, in part because workforce diversity is a powerful draw for attracting the next generation of leaders and top talent to Xylem careers. Diversity in our teams also helps us strengthen relationships with our customers and communities as we increasingly reflect the diversity of those we serve, and helps us better understand different perspectives from stakeholders, end-users, and customers. This helps us build trust, grow relationships, gain support, and understand and solve problems faster – across markets and cultures, around the world. 

Global Diversity & Inclusion Council

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 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– including embracing diversity and inclusion:

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 Employee Network Groups 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 3,000 employees actively participate as members of our seven networks: Women’s, Emerging Leaders, Veterans, LGBT+ and Allies, Working Parents, People of Color and Allies and Hispanic Origin and Latin Affinity groups.

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 2020, Xylem colleagues around the world embraced the #ChoosetoChallenge International Women’s Day theme helping to raise awareness about gender parity by participating in virtual events, posting photos and videos to social media, and listening to guest speakers.

Xylem also proudly featured female innovators who focus on leveraging digital technologies to reshape water management in our Making Waves article “Women Shaping the Next Generation of Water Solutions

"We are proud to support #ChoosetoChallenge, and we are committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion across our organization, our industry and the global community. Together we can drive innovation and progress, and help create a more sustainable and equitable world.”
– Xylem CEO @PatrickKDecker

Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index

Xylem named 2021 Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, marking the second consecutive year earning a perfect score.  The Corporate Equality Index is a U.S. benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. Xylem is one of 767 U.S. businesses that earned top marks this year.

Equal Aqua

As a partner of the Equal Aqua platform, Xylem connects with utilities, associations, representatives from the private sector, academia and local and international organizations to deepen the dialogue on gender diversity and inclusion in water sector.

United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles

As a member of the United Nations Women Empowerment Principles community of companies, Xylem is committed to make a difference for women in the workplace, marketplace and community.