Matching Gifts Program

The Grainger Matching Charitable Gifts Program aims to amplify our U.S. team members’ personal community support. Through the program, the company offers a 3:1 match of eligible team member contributions (up to $2,500 annually) to qualifying organizations.

The program places Grainger in an elite group of U.S. companies that match team members’ contributions at this rate. Our intention is to encourage our team members to engage with the eligible non-profit organizations that matter most to them in their community.

Community Grant Program

The Company is proud to participate with The Grainger Foundation in the Grainger Community Grant Program (GCGP) to help address local community needs throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Since its inception in 2007, the GCGP has made more than 6,700 grants, totaling $54 million dollars.

Under the GCGP, Grainger’s Branch/Operations Managers, Contact Center Directors and DC Directors identify charitable organizations in their local communities and make grant recommendations to The Grainger Foundation ranging from $2,500 up to $10,000. As a result of recommendations submitted throughout 2017, The Grainger Foundation made nearly 900 grants totaling $5.8 million to a wide variety of organizations in the areas of health and human services, food banks, civic, disaster relief, and education. Human Service organizations represented the largest share of grants through the GCGP. The second largest was Community Service organizations.

The Grainger Foundation, an independent private foundation, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, the Company’s founder.

Serving Our Communities Survey

Our team members’ commitment to local communities is a key ingredient in the success of our community affairs program. As the program develops and grows with our team, we wanted to better understand how connected our team members are to the partners and programs we offer. In 2016, we surveyed 2,100 U.S. team members within the organization. Nearly 600 team members responded to the survey (approximately 33 percent of recipients). In 2017, we surveyed 2,100 team members to help identify how we could enhance the spirit of volunteerism in 2018. New questions were designed to solicit team member feedback about their experience with Grainger’s 90th anniversary celebration activities.

More than half of team members surveyed indicated that volunteering improves their engagement, holding consistently at 61 percent from 2016. In addition, 52 percent of team member indicated that they participated in Grainger’s volunteer program, up from 34 percent in 2016.

Grainger Around the Globe

Mexico     Grainger Mexico found its way to give back to the community once again. During 2017, as an initiative of its Women’s BRG and through their community affairs program, they called upon their team members to voluntarily support and assist women in need through maintenance services for a rehabilitation center for women with cancer as well as bringing support to a rehabilitation center for women with addictions, causing a positive effect to more than a hundred women and their families.

Team Mexico has also sponsored a local robotics team, TigreRobotics, with product to support their initiatives such as building arm prosthetics for children and taking part in various competitions such as FIRST®, with the goal of inspiring students to be science and technology leaders. During 2017, Grainger Mexico donated $1.7 million pesos in product to the Red Cross to help during the tragic earthquake that shook the country. The team also donated an overall amount of $114.8 million pesos to local nonprofit organizations in product; inspired 45 team members to participate in a blood donation program that helped saving 132 lives and continued with internal recycling, waste reduction and energy saving programs.

Working Mother Mexico recognized Grainger Mexico as one of the best companies that support working families in the country and for seeking equality in opportunities for female talent, especially that of working mothers. Also, for the fourth year in a row, the Mexican Center for Philanthropy recognized the company with the 2018 Empresa Socialmente Responsable Award. This group annually recognizes companies that demonstrate excellence in social responsibility and have a commitment to team members, investors, customers and their local communities.

Canada     Acklands-Grainger’s efforts focus on three pillars of community investment: disaster preparedness, Aboriginal development and skilled trades. Acklands-Grainger is a national founding partner of Ready When the Time Comes®, a disaster preparedness program administered by the Canadian Red Cross. The program prepares employees of organizations to mobilize as a community-based volunteer force when disaster strikes. Acklands-Grainger supports the Canadian Aboriginal community through its support of the Canadian Council on Aboriginal Business, and supplier diversity, with its support of the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council. In 2017, Acklands-Grainger began supporting the skilled trades in Canada through its partnership with Skills Ontario, a Canadian leader in skilled trades development.

United Kingdom      During 2017, Cromwell launched its “Charity of Choice Campaign” in which 46 percent of team members voted for Macmillan Cancer Support. The company also kick-started its partnership with the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, a fundraising event for people facing cancer. Team members all over the United Kingdom came together to show support by hosting their own Cromwell on-site Coffee Morning! This fantastic day consisted of raffles, cake bingo and more, raising the equivalent to 122 hours of funding for a Macmillan Nurse. Team Cromwell continued to raise money for great causes such as Comic Relief, Children in Need and Save the Children. In total Cromwell and the UK team raised nearly £5,000, exceeding the 2016 amount of just over £2,500.

China     Grainger China focused on drives and donations in their local community in 2017. Team China collected more than 6 boxes of clothing and office supplies, which will be distributed to need-based organizations supporting children and adults. This donation represents the eighth round of donations organized over the past five years.

Europe     Disaster struck in June and July of 2017, when wild fires ripped through central Portugal. Fabory team members stepped in to help people in Oliveira de Hospital, Arganil, Tondela, Penacova and Oleiros who had lost homes, belongings and employment as a result of the fires. The team collected food, building materials, furniture, kitchenware, clothing and personal hygiene products. They provided these items in person to families in need so they could begin rebuilding their lives.

FORWARD: What’s Coming in Our 2019 Report

  • Serving our Communities will be included in the People and Purpose pillar.
  • Metrics will include greater information on company contributions and team member activation within our signature partnerships.