Grainger is a broad line, business-to-business distributor of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) supplies and other related products and services. More than 5 million businesses and institutions worldwide rely on Grainger for products in categories such as safety, material handling and metalworking, along with services like inventory management and technical support.
Learn more about our business in our 2021 Fact Book.
Our Purpose The Grainger EdgeSM is our strategic framework that defines who we are, why we exist, and how we work together to bring value to our customers, communities and team members. It outlines our purpose, aspiration, strategy and principles that are foundational to our culture.
Materiality Assessment Our materiality assessment and resulting materiality matrix form the foundation of our corporate responsibility program at Grainger. Using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards’ definition of materiality, this assessment is the process through which an organization determines the most important environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues that reflect its impacts on stakeholders, the economy, the environment and society.
In spring 2021 we completed our most recent materiality assessment with the help of Ernst and Young (EY), our external partners. Through in-depth outreach to customers, investors, and other stakeholders, the team arrived at a thorough analysis that is reflected in the matrix above. We are excited to use these findings to refine our overall ESG strategy so that it considers and aligns as appropriate with the goals and interests of our stakeholders.