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For Grainger, Sustainability Means Doing Business the Right Way

Every year, on Earth Day, individuals and companies around the world demonstrate their support for environmental sustainability. Grainger’s sustainability strategy is a critical part of our commitment to corporate social responsibility, and in 2014 we made meaningful progress.

In our most recent Corporate Social Responsibility report, we announced Grainger’s target to reduce our North American Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per unit revenue by 33 percent from 2011 to 2020. We are working on a number of different environmental initiatives. Continuing to retrofit and build our largest facilities with building management systems have on average reduced energy use at these buildings by 10 to 15 percent. This includes the world’s first LEED v4 certified data center, which Grainger opened in 2014. Grainger also currently operates four megawatts of solar capacity, which represents 3.1 percent of the company’s annual electricity consumption in the United States.

One of the projects our Sustainability Team focused on in 2014 was improving recycling rates across our distribution network and implementing standardized processes to help make the program easier to manage. Last year, Grainger recycled more than 5,328 tons of cardboard, plastic wrap and metal at the company’s U.S. distribution centers, and we are continually looking for new ways to reduce waste and improve recycling efforts.

This year, Grainger is celebrating Earth Day by inviting a number of suppliers and environmental partners to our corporate headquarters to answer questions from our team members about how to be more ‘green’ at home and at work. We are proud of the progress we have made as a business and remain committed to doing business the right way.