Category Archives: Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity

Let’s Talk Global Intercultural Dialogue

May 21 is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development – a day to celebrate cultural diversity and highlight the importance of intercultural dialogue! 🌍

At L&P, we do great work together by encouraging connection and the open exchange of perspectives and ideas between teams around the world. It’s how we build understanding, unite above our differences, and stay innovative.

Judith Kuhn, HR Director – Specialized Products Europe & Global HR Lead – Hydraulics, shared a quick tip and resource for collaborating across cultures more effectively. She said we can start by being aware of cultural differences – how we communicate, manage time, make decisions, and lead differently – and pointed us to an introduction of Erin Meyer’s eight-scale Culture Map to learn more.

For more information on collaborating across cultures, check out Erin Meyer’s book called The Culture Map.

Automotive India Celebrates International Women’s Day

Our Automotive team in India celebrated International Women’s Day with a cake cutting, talent show, gifts, and by sharing words of appreciation:

“It’s been a great opportunity to work with L&P. Right now, I am working as an agency employee, and I want to become a company trainee. I’m giving my best and expecting it every day because our company provides a safe and good environment for women.”
– Sandhiya
“L&P helps me in many ways. I am a single mom, and my job helps me meet my kids’ daily and educational needs. Also, the work atmosphere at L&P is very safe.”
– Tasleen
“The respect for women at L&P is top-notch. My salary is delivered on time and the shifts are also very convenient for me and my family’s schedule.”
– Jayalalitha
“L&P is a good company, treating agency employees like me well.”
– Meena Kumari

Check out some of the photos from their celebration below!

Women at the branch showed unity by forming a human chain and figure 8 to mark International Women’s Day being on March 8.

L&P Automotive Team Celebrates Pongal

Our Automotive team in India recently celebrated Pongal – a Hindu harvest festival that marks the beginning of the month called Thai and is celebrated by people with ties to Tamil Nadu, India.

Lasting for four days, Pongal involves new beginnings, giving thanks, and strengthening communal ties. Families clean their homes, remove unwanted items, and decorate the entrances of their homes with kolam – beautiful floor patterns created from rice flour. They also gather together for festive meals, which includes boiling pots of pongal – a traditional mix of rice and milk. During the festival, the community honors Surya, the Sun God, and cattle for helping bring a bountiful harvest.

Pugazhendi M.

To celebrate, our colleagues in India gathered for a small pooja (worship ceremony), played games, and created kolam. A couple of our colleagues shared their thoughts on the celebration:

Pugazhendi, Manufacturing Department, said, “I liked participating in our event and was thrilled to win the pot break challenge. Every year during Pongal, L&P gives us time to spend with family, and I’m grateful for that. I’m looking forward to more special events in the future.”

E. Sharath Kumar

E. Sharath Kumar, Manufacturing Department, shared, “Pongal is a fun-packed event that keeps us engaged and united. I had a lot of fun participating in the activities and got second place during one of the games.”

Check out some of the photos from the event below!

Many Cultures, Shared Values

As a global company, we come from many backgrounds, cultures, and experiences, and what unites us is how we work together to support one another and help L&P grow.

Our four company values — Put People First, Do the Right Thing, Do Great Work Together, and Take Ownership and Raise the Bar — are a set of shared principles that guide our decisions, actions, and relationships. At L&P, we:

  • put people first by prioritizing safety and care for each other, offering learning and development opportunities, demonstrating trustworthiness, and creating an inclusive environment of mutual respect, empathy, and belonging.
  • do the right thing by acting with honesty and integrity, delivering results the right way, taking pride in our work, and speaking the truth.
  • do great work together by engaging without hierarchy, collaborating as a team, embracing challenges, and working for the good of all of us.
  • take ownership and raise the bar by adding value and making a difference, challenging the status quo and biases, fostering innovative and creative solutions to drive impact, exploring new perspectives, and embracing change.

Throughout January, we’ll share some stories from our global teams on how they exemplify our values. You’ll also see some of our newest team members share what our values mean to them.

Has your L&P team exemplified our values at work? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at social@leggett.com.

Season’s Greetings from L&P: Carolyn, Mike, and Ryan

This time of year means many things to each of us, and to celebrate the cultures and traditions that make up L&P, we invited our employees from around the world to share season’s greetings—what we are looking forward to this season, hopes for colleagues, and a variety of traditions.



Season’s Greetings from L&P: Cathy and Kirstie

This time of year means many things to each of us, and to celebrate the cultures and traditions that make up L&P, we invited our employees from around the world to share season’s greetings—what we are looking forward to this season, hopes for colleagues, and a variety of traditions.


Season’s Greetings from L&P: Ana and Larry

This time of year means many things to each of us, and to celebrate the cultures and traditions that make up L&P, we invited our employees from around the world to share season’s greetings—what we are looking forward to this season, hopes for colleagues, and a variety of traditions.


Season’s Greetings from L&P: Lisa and Renato

This time of year means many things to each of us, and to celebrate the cultures and traditions that make up L&P, we invited our employees from around the world to share season’s greetings—what we are looking forward to this season, hopes for colleagues, and a variety of traditions.


Season’s Greetings from L&P: Camryn and Juliano

This time of year means many things to each of us, and to celebrate the cultures and traditions that make up L&P, we invited our employees from around the world to share season’s greetings—what we are looking forward to this season, hopes for colleagues, and a variety of traditions.


Winchester Spring’s Commitment to People First

At Leggett & Platt, we are committed to building a culture of belonging and workplaces where everyone feels accepted for who they are and what they bring to L&P.

To help us accomplish this, we launched our People First learning series, designed to enhance our leadership skills and strengthen inclusion by putting people first—our first company value.

At the beginning of the year, we launched People First Local Conversations within our branches. The conversations are hosted by People First Champions — L&P leaders — and discuss how we can improve our workplaces by being a better team.

Participating in the local conversations was optional for each branch and initially started as six conversations over four months. The feedback was so positive that over half of the branches asked to continue.

Winchester Spring in Winchester, Kentucky, was one of the branches that participated in each local conversation. They finished the series this month, hosting eleven conversations on topics like belonging, community involvement, and gratitude. We spoke with Stephen Day, Richard Trent, and James Wells — the People First Champions at Winchester, about their experience.

Richard Trent, Billy Higgins, and James Wells

Stephen Day, Human Resources Manager

“What initially struck my interest was the People First courses we took before the conversations started. The facilitator was very engaging, and the content intrigued me. I was determined to make a difference at our branch. Working with Richard, James, and Billy Wiggins (Branch Manager), I knew that we were all like-minded regarding our people. Our past successes were because of the great people we have on our team. Once we got started, we received feedback from our people, and there were some great ideas on how to be more inclusive. We have implemented many of those ideas and hope to receive more.”

Richard Trent, Operations Manager

“I’ve learned a lot about our team here at Branch 2. One of the most positive changes is that people are more open with each other and management. We have a lot of different departments, and having people willing to talk to each other is a huge plus. They all started hesitant, but after we had a few conversations, they began to open up and talk with each other. The local conversations have been an excellent experience for all of us.”

James Wells, Plant Superintendent

“I learned so much about the people I work with. I have led very few groups in meetings. So, coming out of my shell, getting to know people, and finding new ways to connect were great experiences. I found things in common with people I have worked with for years. After all our conversations, people are starting to interact more with management and each other. Overall, it was a great experience, and we all benefited from these conversations.”

Thank you to everyone at Winchester Spring for your commitment to inclusion and putting people first!