Rockwell Automation Recognized for Initiatives in Women’s Inclusion and Advancement

Prestigious Catalyst Award highlights culture change embedded
throughout the company

MILWAUKEE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rockwell Automation has been announced as a 2017 Catalyst Award winner
and will be recognized on March 8 in New York City for the company’s
Culture of Inclusion journey. The Catalyst Award honors innovative
organizational approaches that address the recruitment, development and
advancement of women and have led to proven, measurable results.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from Catalyst for our
Culture of Inclusion journey, demonstrating our commitment to our
employees, customers and community,” said Blake Moret, president and
chief executive officer, Rockwell Automation. “Our people are the
foundation of our company’s success, and so we must create an
environment where employees can and want to do their best work every

The Culture of Inclusion journey began in 2007 with senior leaders
renewing their commitment to diversity, inclusion and engagement. This
was in response to employee data showing that women and people of color
at the company had lower retention rates than white men, and there were
gaps in the levels of representation for key demographics. A driving
force of this strategy is the knowledge that in order to effect
sustainable change, the dominant group—in this case, white men—must be
aware of the impact of their privilege, be engaged, and partner with
women and underrepresented groups in a meaningful way.

“I’m incredibly proud that we are now a benchmark company for this
work,” said Susan J. Schmitt, senior vice president, human resources,
Rockwell Automation. “Our strategy is designed to position Rockwell
Automation as the place where the most talented people want to work and
make a difference; our strategy is also sustainable for the long term
because inclusion is embedded in our business processes, not just a
program driven by a person or function.”

Results demonstrate that the Culture of Inclusion approach contributed
to the advancement of women across businesses and functions at the
company. Between 2008 and 2016, women’s representation in the U.S.
increased from 11.9% to 23.5% among vice presidents, from 14.7% to 23.2%
among directors, and from 19.3% to 24.3% at the middle-manager level. At
the most senior leadership levels, women’s representation doubled,
increasing from 11.1% to 25.0% among the CEO’s direct reports and from
11.1% to 20.0% on the board of directors. In addition, the Rockwell
Automation voluntary turnover is well below the benchmark average for

About Catalyst

Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization
accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. With
operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Australia and
Japan, and more than 800 supporting organizations, Catalyst is the
trusted resource for research, information and advice about women at
work. Catalyst annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that
promote women’s advancement with the Catalyst Award.

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company
dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers
more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 22,000
people, serving customers in more than 80 countries.


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