CEO/Senior Leadership Committee
Board of Directors
Inclusion
and diversity
Community
involvement
Environmental,
health and safety
Overview
Eaton is proud to have strong internal processes and controls for managing our sustainability performance. Many of these controls connect individuals and teams across our company and include management at each level of the organization. This governance map visually demonstrates how we manage material topics and who at Eaton is responsible for each topic. We invite you to explore this governance map, which features a subset of our material topics.
 
Please click on any of the three topics to review our management practices.
Community involvement
Who is responsible for this topic at Eaton?
  • Community involvement is primarily the responsibility of our senior vice president for Public and Community Affairs, who heads our corporate community affairs team and is a member of our Senior Leadership Committee. The corporate community affairs team works with regional community affairs managers and the Eaton Charitable Fund Committee. The corporate community affairs team engages our CEO and our Board of Directors annually.
How does Eaton monitor practices?
  • Eaton donates to charitable causes around the world. The Eaton Charitable Fund Committee, made up of six members of the Senior Leadership Committee, reviews all requests.
  • In the U.S., Eaton provides donations through the Eaton Charitable Fund. We divide these donations between United Way grants, matching gifts, and discretionary grants, with an emphasis on support for organizations in which our employees are actively involved. Our Eaton Charitable Fund Committee and our corporate community affairs team review and approve requests to the Eaton Charitable Fund.
  • Outside of the U.S., regional community affairs managers and site-level community involvement groups determine and distribute donations per their own individual processes. Our Eaton Charitable Fund Committee reviews and approves these donations by international sites.
  • Site-level community involvement groups are responsible for leading campaigns, responding to community requests for funding, developing a community involvement plan, organizing volunteer efforts, and budgeting for annual activities.
How does Eaton determine and manage goals?
  • Our corporate community affairs team conducts annual meetings with our CEO to determine our giving strategy. Regional community affairs managers and employees help identify site-level priorities. We have an overarching goal that each site-level community involvement group provides opportunities for employees to be involved.
How does Eaton evaluate practices and goals?
  • Our senior vice president for Public and Community Affairs, who is a member of our corporate community affairs team and the Senior Leadership Committee, reports progress to our Board of Directors on behalf of the corporate community affairs team.
  • Our Senior Leadership Committee asks our corporate community affairs team for feedback on our giving strategy and makes all decisions regarding any changes to our community involvement process.
  • Eaton leverages an audit of donations through our Eaton Charitable Fund. As part of the audit, the corporate community affairs team reconciles donation approvals and charges for the giving period.
Inclusion and diversity
Who is responsible for this topic at Eaton?
  • Inclusion and diversity is primarily the responsibility of our corporate inclusion and diversity team, headed by our vice president of Inclusion and Diversity who reports to a member of our Senior Leadership Committee. Our Global Inclusion Council, made up of the Senior Leadership Committee members, lead our efforts by working with our four Regional Inclusion Councils and Eaton's Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). They engage with our CEO quarterly and our Board of Directors annually. All leaders are responsible for ensuring their functions and organizations are inclusive and diverse.
How does Eaton monitor practices?
  • Both the Global Inclusion Council, made up of the Senior Leadership Committee members, and the Regional Inclusion Councils approve and support global inclusion and diversity priorities annually. Regional Inclusion Councils determine priorities in their respective regions.
  • All leaders use global and regional Inclusion and diversity tools to ensure their functions and organizations are inclusive and diverse.
  • ERGs provide enterprise-wide and site-level support to attract, retain and develop talent in support of business goals. The ERGs each have executive-level sponsors.
How does Eaton determine and manage goals?
  • Eaton's Global Inclusion Council, made up of the Senior Leadership Committee members, develops goals for inclusion and diversity.
  • Regional Inclusion Councils are responsible for executing on global goals and setting regional goals for measuring progress on regional priorities.
  • All leaders determine specific goals and targets for their function or organization, based on high-level priorities determined by the Senior Leadership Committee and Regional Inclusion Councils.
How does Eaton evaluate practices and goals?
  • When first implementing our I&D program, Eaton's corporate inclusion and diversity team conducted regional focus groups to inform our Regional Inclusion Councils and priority areas. To continuously improve our program, Regional Inclusion Councils and all leaders gather feedback on opportunities for improvement in creating a more inclusive culture as part of everything we do, using tools such as employee survey results, exit survey data, and feedback from ERGs to determine our priorities.
  • Successful initiatives developed by the ERGs or Regional Inclusion Councils may be escalated to the corporate-level Global Inclusion Council for consideration as a best practice to pilot in other areas or enterprise-wide.
  • The Global Inclusion Council, made up of the Senior Leadership Committee members, meets quarterly, and reviews the annual progress update from one of each of the four Regional Inclusion Councils.
  • Annually, the vice president of Inclusion and Diversity, who heads the corporate inclusion and diversity team and reports to a member of the Senior Leadership Committee, reports progress to the Board of Directors.
Environmental, health and safety
Who is responsible for this topic at Eaton?
  • Care of our employees and the environment is the responsibility of all leaders. The corporate environmental, health and safety (EHS) team provides functional and thought leadership and is led by the senior vice president of EHS, who is a member of the Senior Leadership Committee. Each business is supported by EHS business leaders who regularly engage with EHS regional leaders to support site-level activity.
How does Eaton monitor practices?
  • Each level of management—site, regional, and corporate—periodically reviews and assesses EHS incidents and trends to determine actionable priorities. Each site completes a self-assessment annually of compliance to ISO 14001 and internal Eaton standards. Eaton performs internal audits of each site every three years, and is constantly looking to implement best-in-class operational standards.
How does Eaton determine and manage goals?
  • In support of overall business goals, the environmental, health and safety team determines EHS goals with guidance from the CEO and approval from the Senior Leadership Committee.
How does Eaton evaluate practices and goals?
  • The Senior Leadership Committee regularly receives the results of operational EHS performance assessments, including any severe injuries and the recordable incident rate.
  • The senior vice president of Environmental, Health and Safety, who is a member of both the Corporate environmental, health and safety team and Eaton's Senior Leadership Committee, reports to the Board of Directors on various EHS matters monthly, quarterly and annually.