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Grainger’s culture of service extends to the local communities where team members live and
work. In 2015, Grainger donated $27 million in cash and product to charitable ­organizations
around the world.

Local Giving

Through financial support and team member volunteerism, Grainger’s spirit of service comes to life in the many communities where team members live and work around the globe.

Below are some highlights from 2015.


Acklands–Grainger team members continued to support the United Way in 2015 through financial contributions as well as participation in the United Way Dragon Boat Festival and several United Way Day of Caring volunteer activities. Since 2000, Acklands–Grainger team members and the company have donated more than CAN$2.9M to United Way Canada.

In 2015, Acklands–Grainger also participated in the British Columbia Easter Seals Camp Challenge to support camps for disabled children and contributed to the Rick Hansen Foundation’s Planat program, an online platform with information on the accessibility of public venues.


Grainger China participated in World Autism Day in 2015 by distributing blue ribbons to employees to help raise awareness of autism. The team also provided donations for school kids and their families in poverty-stricken areas of the country.

In April, Grainger team members in China helped mark Earth Day by organizing on-site battery recycling and medication disposal to encourage sustainable practices.


local-giving-europeFabory supports the European chapters of the Red Cross by giving team members the option to make a donation in their names rather than receive a company Christmas gift. In 2015, Fabory donated clothes, toys, backpacks and learning materials to COCOCI, an organization that supports poor, sick or abandoned children and teenagers in Portugal. Fabory’s leadership team also assembled bikes in the Netherlands for Stichting Leergeld to provide young people with convenient, economical transportation to school.


Grainger Mexico empowers women by sponsoring ANSPAC, an organization committed to promoting social advancement through continuing education for working adults. Grainger Mexico also participates in the annual Centro de Rehabilitación Infantil Teletón campaign to support children with cancer and autism.

Grainger Mexico was recognized by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (CEMEFI) as a recipient of the 2015 Empresa Socialmente Responsable Award. The CEMEFI annually recognizes companies that demonstrate excellence in social responsibility and have a commitment to employees, investors, customers and their local communities.

United Kingdom

local-giving-united-kingdomCromwell employees have a long history of supporting the Guide Dogs Appeal, a fund for training puppies to aid blind and partially sighted people. Cromwell team members have raised more than £100,000 through fundraising activities and have named 50 puppies. Additionally, Cromwell team members raised nearly £5,000 in 2015 to support Children In Need, Red Nose, Sports Relief, Text Santa and other local charities.


In 2015, Grainger’s U.S. business tested new ways to track and support volunteerism, helping team members across the country provide time and talent to charitable organizations. For example, Grainger volunteers from three area branches in Pittsburgh worked with the United Way to provide basic safety inspections to low-income senior citizens to help keep them safe in their homes. Team members in Grainger’s Dallas/Ft. Worth Distribution Center volunteered for the Tarrant Area Food Bank’s “Birthday in a Bag” project, assembling birthday party supplies to donate to low-income families.

Each year, Grainger’s Business Resource Groups support local charitable organizations that align with their missions through the BRG Community Fund, which in 2015, awarded 16 grants worth a total of $50,000 to organizations such as Girls on the Run, Urban Initiatives and the Point Foundation. In addition to the grants, BRG members volunteer to provide mentoring and coaching to help these organizations achieve their goals. For example, Grainger’s Latino and African American BRGs partnered to host Urban Initiatives at the company’s headquarters, coaching soccer matches and providing career insights and advice to students.