Sustaining Our Environment

At Grainger, we are committed to conducting business in an environmentally responsible manner, while working to reduce energy use and minimize waste in our operations. To do so most effectively, we focus on the environmental challenges within the material parts of our business: our operations, our products and our supply chain.


Environmentally Preferable Product Offering

Partnering with our suppliers, we work to create a more sustainable workplace for our customers and our communities through our offering of environmentally preferable products. These environmentally preferable products are designated on Grainger.com® by a green leaf and totaled more than $556,000,000 in sales in 2016.


Easy Search and Select for Greener Products

For a product to be classified as environmentally preferable it must maintain one or more environmentally preferable attributes or third-party certifications such as WaterSense®, ENERGY STAR® or Green Seal. We ask our suppliers to provide these attributes or certifications, and our external partner, UL Inc., verifies the viability of the attribute to the product.

Green Ambassadors

In 2016, more than 100 Grainger team members registered to serve as Green Ambassadors, a group of team members who are passionate about the environment and work together to raise awareness and change behavior for the good of our business and the planet. The program encourages sharing sustainability best practices among Grainger locations and offers opportunities for grassroots involvement.

For example, in 2016, the Green Ambassadors organized an Earth Day event at our Lake Forest headquarters. More than 20 vendors displayed green products from Grainger.com® that help team members reduce their environmental footprint at home and at the office. The team also ran a recycling drive for household materials that often are hard to recycle at home. They collected shoes, paper shredding, batteries and wine corks. During the year, our ambassadors completed more than 1,300 sustainability tasks and are the lifeblood of our sustainability efforts.