Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We all play an important role in making Grainger a welcoming and invigorating workplace, and we work to provide our team members with resources to help them succeed.


At Grainger, we believe our differences make us extraordinary. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are integral to Grainger’s success, and we are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where all team members feel safe, valued and encouraged to voice their opinions. We value all people — regardless of sex, gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression or experiences.

Diversity Data & Reporting

As of December 31, 2021, Grainger had approximately 24,200 employees worldwide, of whom approximately 22,700 were full-time and 1,500 were part-time or temporary. Approximately 86 percent of these employees resided in North America, 8 percent in Asia and 6 percent in Europe.

Within Grainger’s U.S. workforce, approximately 39 percent are women and 34 percent are women in leadership positions. Grainger’s U.S. workforce was comprised of 37 percent racially and ethnically diverse team members overall, and 24 percent racially and ethnically diverse leaders.

EEO-1 Reporting

As part of the company’s continued commitment to transparency and progress on our DEI objectives, we published our U.S. Federal Employment Information Report (EEO-1). The data in the consolidated EEO-1 report is based on the Company’s population in the U.S. as of December 31, 2020 and reflects the Company’s U.S. workforce as of that time. Grainger’s consolidated EEO-1 report is available at www.GraingerESG.com.

Gender Equity

DG Macpherson, Chairman and CEO, joined leaders from more than 70 organizations in supporting The Chicago Network Equity Principles, a campaign focused on advancing women leaders in the workplace to achieve 50 percent representation of women in leadership positions by 2030. Signatories of The Equity Principles are empowering women to lead by creating workplaces that provide equal opportunities for women to pursue leadership positions, define their own professional success and promote a more productive and profitable workplace.

Pay Equity

With the support of a third party, Grainger reviews the compensation of U.S. employees to ensure consistent pay practices. We are pleased to confirm that our 2021 review, which assessed relevant factors in our compensation practices, found no evidence of systemic pay inequity across our workforce. We remain committed to providing fair and equitable pay and will perform this review on an annual basis.

Business Resources Groups

Grainger has nine Business Resource Groups (BRGs) that drive excellence in recruiting, developing, and retaining diverse talent, provide insight into diverse communities, and collaborate on innovative solutions to challenging business problems. These groups provide peer support and mentoring opportunities, in addition to raising awareness through a variety of discussion groups and activities that are open to all.

Our BRGs
• Administrative Business Partner
• African American
• Asian-Pacific Islander
• Disability
• Generational
• Latino
• Pride
• Veterans and Military Supporters
• Women’s