Grainger Releases Its 2022 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report

The report highlights the company’s continued commitment to integrating ESG objectives into business operations

ChicagoAnd the June 20 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), a leading distributor of outlines serving businesses and organizations with operations primarily in the North AmaricaAnd the Japan and the United kingdom Today I announced the release of the 2022 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report on www.GraingerESG.com. Grainger has published the ESG Report, formerly known as the Corporate Social Responsibility Report, since 2012, and it continues to be the leading industry distributor in this field.

“We are thrilled to share our latest Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report to indicate progress on our key initiatives that impact our environment, team members and the community,” said DJ Macpherson, Grainger Chairman and CEO. “I would like to thank our team members, partners, and suppliers who work every day to strengthen our customers and communities.”

Highlights of the report covering the ending fiscal year December 31, 2021including Grainger’s commitment to our team members, our increased focus on diversity, equality and workforce inclusion, ongoing community investments and an ongoing focus on sustainable supply chain operations.

Diversity, equality and inclusion. Within Grainger’s U.S. workforce, approximately 39 percent of team members were women and 34 percent were women in leadership positions. Grainger’s US workforce was also composed of 37 percent racially and ethnically diverse team members, and 24 percent racially and ethnically diverse leaders. As discussed in the ESG report, the company implemented improved processes and training for team members to reduce hiring, interviewing, and hiring bias.

Community Impact. Team members spent 10,400 hours volunteering and the company donated $96 million Cash and product donations to nonprofits highlighting the ongoing commitment to giving back to our communities. Additionally, a new community impact strategy has been implemented to ensure that our programs reflect and support the diversity of our team members and client base.

Diversity of suppliers. Grainger’s operations support the ethical sourcing of products, supplies and services, and supplier diversity and participation. In 2021, the company handled more than 680 minority-owned, women’s, veteran, disabled, and LGBT-owned businesses for goods and services.

sustainability. With nearly 100,000 environmentally preferred products, Grainger is a great partner in helping customers achieve their sustainability goals. To help reduce the cost of shipping and the impact of packaging, the company uses proper-size packaging technology and strives for “full charge” as an advantage for the customer and the environment.

It is a key priority that ethics and integrity are integrated into all parts of the business. Grainger is proud to report that 100 percent of company team members have completed the Business Conduct Guidelines training to demonstrate our commitment to ethics and integrity in everything we do.

Other highlights of the report include:

  • An updated core matrix that reflects the shared priorities of our customers, suppliers, investors, community partners and team members

  • Distribution centers achieve 92% recycling rate

  • North American facilities contain more than 7 million square feet of LEED certified space

  • Grainger has received an “AAA” risk rating from MSCI and is an ESG highly rated company demonstrating industry-leading risk management.

  • Grainger is committed to reducing absolute range 1 and 2 emissions by 30% by 2030

To learn more about Grainger’s ESG Report, visit www.GraingerESG.com.

To find your way with Grainger and explore career opportunities, visit https://jobs.grainger.com.

About Grainger

W.W. Grainger, Inc. , with sales of 2021 from $13.0 billionis a leading large-scale distribution company with operations primarily in North AmaricaAnd the Japan and the United kingdom. Grainger achieves its goal, We Keep the World Running, by serving more than 4.5 million customers worldwide with a wide range of product categories that keep customer operations 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 MRO products in the High-Touch Solutions portfolio and more than 30 million products through its expanded Endless Assortment offering. For more information, visit www.grainger.com.

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