PITTSBURGH – PPG (NYSE: PPG) today announced it was recognized among the ‘Best Places to Work in IT 2023’ by Foundry’s Computerworld. The list recognizes organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing great benefits and compensation. It is PPG’s fifth appearance on the prestigious list.
“A future-focused purpose driven organization is key to employee engagement,” said Bhaskar Ramachandran, PPG vice president and chief information officer. “Our focus on technology currency, modernizing our application stack and removing barriers to execution are all important within PPG’s IT function. Initiatives for global talent development, and addressing inequities are resonating with our people. Most of all, knowing clearly what the IT strategy is, which is based on the business strategy, and how each and every one of us is enabling the organization to fulfill its purpose – WE PROTECT AND BEAUTIFY THE WORLD® – is key to the high level of engagement and our collective successes.”
PPG ranked No. 19 among large organizations based on its survey, which included topics such as benefits, career development, diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), future of work, training and retention. In addition, this year’s rankings were reviewed and vetted by a panel of industry experts.
“Attracting diverse, high-performing IT talent can be challenging in the current environment due to strong demand. At PPG, we are striving to build an inclusive work environment where everyone, regardless of background, can bring their authentic selves to work every day and feel a sense of belonging,” said Laura Harshberger, PPG global IT director. “PPG’s IT organization has created a culture of inclusion through DE&I capability-building sessions and activities to ensure that all IT managers and team members have access to toolkits and resources. We also celebrate the differences of our employees from cultures around the world – PPG’s IT function operates technical centers in five countries. “
In addition to inclusion workshops and training, PPG’s global employee resource networks (ERNs) hold monthly flagship events, including leader discussions and webinars on inclusivity in the workplace. Each quarter, a DE&I scorecard is presented to PPG’s IT leadership team to track progress.
“Adapting to a ‘new normal’ has put additional demands on IT organizations at companies of all sizes. This year’s winning companies have stepped up with increased IT staffing and a variety of innovative professional development opportunities. The result of these efforts is that not only are IT staffs engaged and productive, but the entire business benefits from IT’s ability to support evolving workplace models and changing business and customer needs,” said Rob O’Regan, global director, content strategy, Foundry. “Importantly, this year’s award winners are laser-focused on diversity initiatives to expand the IT talent pool and promote workplace diversity and inclusion.”
PPG’s workplace and DE&I efforts have been recognized throughout 2022. The company was recognized as a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion after earning a top assessment score of 100 on the 2022 DISABILITY EQUALITY INDEX® by Disability:IN and The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). PPG also has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index); Forbes’ America’s Best Large Employers, Best Employers for Women and Best Employers for Veterans lists; JUST Capital’s America’s Most Just Companies; and Newsweek’s Most Responsible Companies.