The report highlights the company’s ongoing commitment to integrating ESG goals into its business operations
CHICAGO, June 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broadline distributor serving companies and institutions primarily operating in the United States North America, Japan and the United Kingdom today announced the publication of its 2022 Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) report on www.GraingerESG.com. Grainger has published its ESG report, formerly known as the Corporate Social Responsibility Report, since 2012 and remains a leader among industry publishers in this space.
“We are pleased to release our latest ESG report to highlight progress on our key initiatives that impact our environment, our team members and society,” said DG Macpherson, Chairman and CEO of Grainger. “I want to thank our team members, partners and suppliers who work every day to strengthen our customers and our communities.”
Highlights of the report covering the past fiscal year December 31, 2021includes Grainger’s commitment to our team members, our increased focus on diversity, equity and inclusion of the workforce, continued investment in the community and continued focus on sustainable supply chain operations.
Diversity, equity and inclusion. Within Grainger’s US workforce, approximately 39 percent of team members were women and 34 percent were women in leadership positions. Grainger’s US workforce consisted of 37 percent racially and ethnically diverse team members and 24 percent racially and ethnically diverse leaders. As explained in the ESG report, the company has implemented improved processes and training for team members to reduce bias in recruitment, interviewing and hiring.
impact on the community. Team members volunteered 10,400 hours and the company donated $96 million in monetary and product donations to nonprofits that highlight an ongoing commitment to giving back to our communities. Additionally, a new community impact strategy has been implemented to ensure our programs reflect and support the diversity of our team members and customer base.
supplier diversity. Grainger’s processes support the ethical sourcing of products, supplies and services, as well as the diversity and commitment of suppliers. In 2021, the company partnered with over 680 minority, women, veterans, disabled and LGBTQ-owned businesses for goods and services.
Sustainability. With around 100,000 eco-friendly products, Grainger is a great partner in helping customers achieve their sustainability goals. To reduce freight costs and packaging burden, the company uses right-sized packaging technology and strives to “ship full” for the benefit of customers and the environment.
It is a key priority that ethics and integrity be incorporated into all aspects of the business. Grainger is proud to report that 100 percent of the Company’s team members have completed Business Conduct Code training, demonstrating our commitment to ethics and integrity in everything we do.
Other highlights of the report include:
An updated materiality matrix reflecting the shared priorities of our customers, suppliers, investors, community partners and team members
Distribution centers achieved a 92% recycling rate
North American facilities have over 7 million square feet of LEED certified space
Grainger has a “AAA” risk rating from MSCI and is a top-ranked ESG company by Sustainalytics, demonstrating industry-leading risk management
Grainger is committed to reducing absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 30 percent by 2030
To learn more about Grainger’s ESG report, visit www.GraingerESG.com.
To find your way around Grainger and explore career opportunities, visit https://jobs.grainger.com.
WW Grainger, Inc., with 2021 sales of $13.0 billionis a leading wide-line distributor with operations primarily in North America, Japan and the United Kingdom. Grainger achieves its purpose, We Keep the World Working®, by serving more than 4.5 million customers worldwide with a broad range of product categories that keep customers running and their employees safe. The company also offers services and solutions such as technical support and inventory management to provide tangible value and save customers time and money. Grainger offers more than 2 million maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products in its High-Touch Solutions range and more than 30 million products through its growing Endless Assortment offering. Visit www.grainger.com for more information.
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