Success is meaningless if you don’t achieve it the right way
Success is meaningless if you don’t achieve it the right way
Living Our Values
We are of the strong belief that success is more than what the balance sheet shows. It’s not what we do, but how we do it, that defines our success. We are a values-driven organization and we have incorporated these values into every aspect of how we conduct our business.
To further pursue our long-standing commitment to being good corporate citizens, the company has committed resources to execute an ESG initiative which has resulted in the publishing of our inaugural Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report. As in every part of our business, our ESG initiative is being guided by our values, a thoughtful strategy, and authentic action. You can read our ESG report here.
Being a good corporate citizen is systemic; it comes from top-down and bottom-up, and emanates from every segment, division and department in the company. Our efforts are ongoing, we never think we’ve arrived at an endpoint. We know we always have opportunity to improve.
A place where you belong
We are motivated by our common commitment to a set of core values centered around doing the right thing. That translates to employment practices and compliance efforts that go beyond meeting the bare minimum required by law. Our decisions and policies are formed by doing what is right, good and proper.
Ours is a company of shared values and mutual respect. Ours is an environment that’s safe, inclusive and productive because we know that an inclusive and healthy workplace is one where all employees are valued regardless of differences.
WD-40 Company is a place where success is measured by flourishing careers and tribe members’ individual and collective achievements.
At WD-40 Company, we call our employees tribe members because as individuals, and as an organization, we aspire to live up to the behaviors of a tribe. For us, a self-sustaining and interdependent tribe share common attributes such as values, knowledge, celebration, ceremony and a strong sense of belonging. Each tribe member is recognized for their specialized skills and their contributions to benefit the greater good of the tribe.
We believe our Company’s success is directly linked to its outstanding tribe members, and their exceptional motivation and dedication to WD-40 Company and its products. When last measured, our level of employee engagement worldwide was 93.3 percent—nearly triple the U.S. company average of 33 percent. Read more about our tribe.
Product safety is our enduring promise
At WD-40 Company, the safety of our end-users is our primary goal in developing products and sourcing materials. We abide by a rigorous set of rules that we have developed over decades as we assemble, develop, or license materials for products around the world. Each formulation considered for our products is reviewed by industry hygiene and toxicology experts for product safety.
You will never see a Prop 65 warning label on our products because those chemicals are not present in any of our products at concentrations regulators deem harmful and for which a warning is required. Prioritizing safety aligns completely with our core corporate values: doing the right thing, creating positive lasting memories, and making it better than it is today. WD-40 Company has screened the ingredients used in all our products for harmful contaminants and has elected to use only those that meet our high standards for consumer safety.
Though WD-40 Company products are safe when used as directed, we have a dedicated safety hotline (1-888-324-7596). In the event our end-users require medical advice related to product use or misuse, our safety hotline can get you in touch with trained medical professionals who are authorized to give medical advice, 24/7. Read more about our products.
Our Sourcing and Supply Chain Relations
Our supply chain: global reach, local value
Responsible sourcing and sustainable supply chain management practices are fundamental to our business success. They help us ensure safer products and create positive economic, environmental, and social value across our global supply chain. Although the reach of our sourcing, supply chain, and distribution operations is global, the supply chain and distribution networks that are core to the success of our business model enable us to operate with a local focus.
We are guided by our values in everything we do. Our primary value—we value doing the right thing—guides how we make our sourcing decisions and how we manage our supply chain relations. We always practice socially responsible sourcing and when choosing our suppliers, we ensure their values align with ours. That means no questionable business practices, no suspect sourcing of materials, no unethical treatment of employees. Even if another vendor offers a better price, if there’s a questionable step anywhere along the supply chain, we won’t do business with them. We’d rather pay more, make less money, and do the right thing.
It’s a practice that’s resulted in trusted, decades-long relationships with many of our suppliers. In fact, they are less like suppliers and more like tribe members. We invite them to our internal leadership conferences, and they present themselves in third-party business dealings as true representatives of WD-40 Company. Read more about our sourcing and supply chain relations.
Community Involvement & Philanthropy
A legacy of giving and service
Creating positive lasting memories in our communities is part of our cultural bedrock. Our employees volunteer in many ways. The WD-40 Company Memory Making Fund was established as a means for WD-40 Company’s tribe member-led Community Involvement Committee to fulfill its corporate giving mission.
Corporate Giving Mission
Create positive lasting memories by empowering people to become self-reliant using our time, talent and treasure to help put charities out of business.
Every charity needs a mission. Ours is simple. We want to put charities out of business. Why? Because we believe that a world without charities is a world where no one is hungry. No one is poor. No one is uneducated. No one is disenfranchised. It is a world where no one needs help because everyone is empowered to be self-reliant.
Is that ambitious? Yes. Will our work ever be done? Probably not. But we will never stop trying. Learn more about WD-40 Company’s philanthropic efforts here.
In 2016, the WD-40 Company, through its Memory Making Fund, launched a new grantmaking program designed to build self-reliance among San Diego County residents, promote a thriving and prosperous community, and create an environment where people can flourish and reach their full potential.
Charitable Giving Guidelines
We do not accept unsolicited requests for support. We are committed to transformational philanthropy, which means we take a systematic, collaborative approach to grantmaking with an eye toward long-term change.
Our 2019 / 2020 grant cycle is now closed. Our next grant application will be available in the fall of 2020. To review our grant guidelines and access the application from our most recent grant cycle please click here.
For general questions, please email us at: communityinvolvement[at]wd40.com