Supply Chain Stewardship

Addressing emissions across our value chain is as significant as addressing them in our own operations. For the second year, we are engaging with our suppliers through the CDP Supply Chain survey to create more change than would be possible on our own. In 2016, this partnership helped us engage with our suppliers to learn more about their emissions reduction strategies. In 2017, we received responses from 126 of our largest vendors, an increase of more than 50 percent of suppliers from our pilot year. In total, our suppliers’ efforts reduced 85 million metric tons of CO2 resulting in more than $1.7 million in average savings for their respective businesses.

CDP Supply Chain Supplier Performance

Through our partnership with the CDP we were able to collect information about best practices in our supply chain. The graphic below shows the impact our supply chain has made by investing in sustainable technologies and practices.


Grainger relies on a network of third-party carriers for its transportation needs. The company works closely with these providers to continuously identify opportunities to maximize efficiency and minimize fuel use. Grainger continues to be the only industrial supplier to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as a SmartWay® partner. The program provides a forum for the USEPA and businesses to collaborate in order to improve the environmental efficiency of their supply chains’ transport by reducing GHG emissions and other air pollution.

FORWARD: What’s Coming in Our 2019 Report

  • Sustaining our Environment will now be Solutions and Stewardship
  • Subjects will include efficient operations, packaging efficiency, customer solutions and product stewardship
  • Metrics will include resource stewrdship, product impact and lifecycle, continuity and solutions and translating efficieny into sustainability
  • For supply chain stewardship, see Supply Chain