Grainger’s community efforts focus within the areas of education and workforce development and disaster preparedness and response.
In 2020, Grainger began the process of restructuring our approach to community investment to better align the company’s purpose – to keep the world working – and our philanthropic and social impact activities. We expect to share the results of this work in our 2022 Corporate Responsibility report.
Education & Workforce Development
Over the past few years, we have expanded our focus in education and workforce development within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Skills within STEM are an integral component of many current, and increasingly future, careers. Supporting opportunities for STEM education allows our community investments continue to align and adapt with the strategic priorities of the company and the external changing landscape and marketplace.
Disaster Preparedness & Response
Grainger supports the preparation for disaster and recovery when disaster strikes. 2021 marks Grainger’s 20th anniversary in partnership with the Red Cross. Since the beginning of our relationship in 2001, Grainger has donated more than $21 million in cash and product to the American Red Cross. In 2020, we served as a $500K member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP)®.
Grainger works collaboratively with various community partners through a combination of resources, including in-kind donations, nonprofit board placement program, team member volunteerism and our 3:1 Matching Gifts Program.