Grainger Report: Nearly 40% of its Employees are Women

The report highlights social issues, including diversity, equity, inclusion, community impact, supplier diversity and sustainability.
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Approximately 39% of Grainger’s team members are women, and 34% are women in leadership positions, according to the company’s Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Report announced June 20.

Grainger has published its ESG report, formerly known as the Corporate Social Responsibility Report, since 2012. The ESG report highlights Grainger’s focus on several social issues, including diversity, equity, inclusion, community impact, supplier diversity and sustainability. 

The company’s U.S. workforce is also comprised of 37% racially and ethnically diverse team members and 24% racially and ethnically diverse leaders.

The community impact section reported that team members spent 10,400 hours volunteering and the company donated $96 million in cash and product donations to nonprofits. 

Grainger also has focused on obtaining ethical sourcing of products, supplies and services and ensured supplier diversity. In 2021, the company engaged with over 680 minority-, woman-, veteran-, disabled-person-, and LGBTQ-owned business for goods and services, Grainger said.

Grainger said its focus on sustainability strove to help reduce freight cost and packaging impact. The company utilized right-size packaging technology and strove to ‘ship complete’ as an advantage to the customer and the environment. 

Other report highlights include:

  • An updated materiality matrix.
  • Distribution centers achieved 92% recycling rate.
  • North American facilities have more than 7 million square feet of LEED certified space.
  • Grainger has a ‘AAA’ risk rating from MSCI and is a Sustainalytics top-rated ESG company demonstrating industry-leading risk management.
  • Grainger’s commitment to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

“We are pleased to share our recent ESG Report to mark the progress on our key initiatives that impact our environment, team members and society,” said DG Macpherson, Grainger chairman and CEO. “I’d like to thank our team members, partners and suppliers who work each day to strengthen our customers and our communities.”

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