Category Archives: Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity

Honoring Our Native American Employees

Leggett & Platt celebrates Native American Heritage Month and the vibrant culture of our Native American employees.

The month is designed to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Native people. It is also a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of our country.

If you identify as a Native American employee, we would love to hear from you. Contact us at to share your story!

Ayudha Pooja Honors the Tools of Trade

L&P Automotive India recently celebrated Ayudha Pooja, a Hindu festival that is celebrated during the tenth day of the bright half of the moon’s cycle, or Shardiya Navratri. Translated to “worship of instruments,” the event honors the tools and equipment integral to our professions and our daily lives.

The principal goddesses worshiped during the celebration are Saraswati (the Goddess of wisdom, arts and literature), Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth) and Parvati (the divine mother). Their teams clean, decorate, and worship the branch’s tools to destroy negative energy and to bring wealth and prosperity.

“We spray holy water, decorate, and pray to the Gods to bring good things to our factory,” said Rajeswari Subramani, Manager of Human Resources. “We always ask them for strong profits, good benefits, and for the safety of all our employees and their families.”

The following images show the care and attention they gave to creating a meaningful event for their employees.

Rangoli patterns are created indoors using brightly materials such as colored sand, stones, flower petals, food, and colored rocks. Important Hindu symbols are also displayed, such as the Ganesh which represents the wisdom and understanding that one must possess to attain perfection in life.

Tools and equipment are cleaned and polished with great care. They are then smeared with turmeric and sandalwood paste and are adorned with flowers, fruits and other decorations.

Elaborate displays of fruits, sweets, and fragrant oil lamps are arranged throughout the facility as offerings to the Gods.

Rangoli – colorful artistic patterns created on the floor – decorate the entrances to L&P’s facility. When created outdoors, they are made using colored rice flower, which serves as a humanitarian offering of food to ants and other small insects. The building is also decorated with colorful lights during the festival.

Entrances to the building are decorated and fragrant sticks are burned as they pray for increased wealth and prosperity for L&P employees. A priest also visited the facility to perform a Pooja, or traditional Hindu prayer ceremony.

World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day. Did you know that more than 1 in 10 people live with a mental health condition? And likely fewer than half will seek out help or support. As we observe World Mental Health Day, we want to fight against the stigma often associated with mental health. If you’re struggling, we urge you to speak to your doctor to help you find a healthy treatment plan. You’re not alone.

Some additional ways you can care for your mental health are to talk about your feelings with a trusted individual, stay active, eat well, and do something you’re good at or enjoy.

You can read more about World Mental Health Day and find additional resources here.

It’s International Left-Handers Day!

Did you know about 10-12% of the world consists of left-handed individuals? Today we celebrate you!

L&P Recognizes Disability Pride Month

People with disabilities are the largest and most diverse minority within the population, representing all abilities, ages, genders, races, ethnicities, religions and socio-economic backgrounds.

In honor of Disability Pride Month this July, we recognize the history, culture, and unique circumstances that people with differing abilities experience — and celebrate their contributions within our company and our communities.

Happy Pride!

Pride Month commemorates and celebrates LGBTQ+ activism and culture through the years.

We at L&P continue to foster a culture of inclusion, diversity, and equity in which everyone is respected, valued, and has an equal opportunity to contribute, thrive, and advance.

Respect and appreciation for what makes us unique grow out of working together, and we encourage all of our employees to be who they are and celebrate their authentic selves. Today and every day, we’re embracing the spirit of pride.

Happy Juneteenth!

June 19, 1865 – Juneteenth – is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

June 19 is a day of celebration of the freedom of African Americans.

At L&P, we’re committed to the values and principles that have made our company strong for 138 years – a belief in respect, integrity, and inclusion. These are the cornerstones of a culture that values every person and every voice – no matter their race.

L&P Brazil Designated as a Great Place to Work

Last month, L&P Brazil completed an employee engagement survey as part of their application for Great Place to Work certification. All employees were invited to participate in the survey anonymously, which was conducted by the GPTW Institute.

Results showed that 83% of L&P Brazil employees have a very favorable opinion about their facility, managers, and our company. These employees responded that they take pride in the work they are doing, feel it is an emotionally healthy place to work, feel supported and appreciated, and can depend on their leaders. Many of the participants also left written comments to further improve the culture at the facility.

We are very proud of their facility and know that it takes everyone working together to drive such a positive working environment. The high score they received on the survey qualified L&P Brazil to be certified as a Great Place To Work company for the second year in a row.

In celebration, all employees received a commemorative t-shirt to thank them for their efforts over the past year. A special lunch was prepared for employees working in the facility and a box of snacks was delivered to all remote workers.

“It’s exciting to work in a company where employees recognize that they are important. This certification was only possible because of the intense effort they give each day,” says Gustavo Lemos, President of L&P South America.

“It’s simple,” he continues. “We are defined by our people.”

We couldn’t agree more.

International Day of Happiness

March 20 is the International Day of Happiness. How will you celebrate?