We work to continuously improve our environmental performance across our value chain from our suppliers through our operations and to our customers. We encourage stewardship in our operations and seek to share the lessons we have learned with others. We partner with several third party sustainability organizations, such as the CDP (formally known as the Carbon Disclosure Project), the GreenBiz Executive Network, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Smartway program, UL Inc. (formerly Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc.) and the U.S. Green Building Council to help us align our environmental investments with our stakeholders’ expectations.
We help our customers with their sustainability journey by offering the right products and lending our expertise around services and solutions that are more sustainable. In addition to helping our customers, we are identifying new opportunities for Grainger to integrate and sustain sound environmental practices in our own operations and the operations of our customers.
We primarily focus our efforts where we can have the most influence. Grainger’s distribution centers (DCs) account for roughly 34 percent of our operational square footage and will proportionally increase as we expand our service offering. Inherent to this footprint is an opportunity for energy management. We closely monitor our energy consumption and improve our green energy mix by researching sustainable solutions to increase efficiency and utilize renewable energy. When possible, we invest in onsite renewable energy, purchase renewable energy credits and green tariffs.
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Grainger provides customers with the products they need to keep their businesses running over the long term. As part of this, we work to understand how these products affect the environment. Our customers have increasingly requested environmentally preferable products and we stock them to meet this need. We currently offer more than 72,000 environmentally preferable items that help customers maintain sustainable facilities through efficient energy management, water conservation, waste reduction and air-quality improvement.
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Our Supply Chain
We view our suppliers and vendors as our allies in improving our emissions and materials management. We rely on a network of third-party carriers to meet our transportation needs. We work with our largest suppliers to innovate and improve our distribution packaging. We collect data and share best practices in sustainability across our value chain by engaging our suppliers through the CDP Supply Chain Program.
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