Supply Chain Stewardship

As a distributor of millions of products, we recognize our duty to ensure our supply chain operates responsibly.


Supplier Code of Ethics

To help ensure the products we distribute are manufactured and delivered with high ethical standards, our Supplier Code of Ethics focuses on four main areas of ethical sourcing: human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. All Grainger suppliers and their sub-suppliers with dealings in the U.S., Canada and Mexico are expected to comply with the Supplier Code of Ethics as a condition of doing business with Grainger. Prior to onboarding, a new supplier must agree to abide by the Supplier Handbook, which includes applicable Grainger policies, transportation requirements and the Supplier Code of Ethics. All suppliers must confirm to abide by these rules by signing a Supplier Agreement Letter.

Human Rights

Grainger’s Human Rights Principles reflect our philosophy on how we conduct business on a global basis, including the company’s commitment to providing a safe and fair workplace that upholds and respects international human rights standards. These principles are applicable to all Grainger team members and are approved and monitored regularly by Grainger’s senior leadership.

Conflict Minerals

Grainger’s Conflict Minerals Policy supports the aim of the Dodd-Frank Act to prevent armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the surrounding region from benefiting from the extraction and trade of minerals including tantalum, tin, gold or tungsten sourced from the DRC and the surrounding region.

Supplier Engagement

Grainger’s Supplier Diversity Program assists customers in diversifying their supply chains and promotes the growth of underrepresented supplier groups. Grainger has more than 20 years of experience partnering with small and diverse businesses through two core programs. Grainger’s Supplier Diversity Program helps customers procure quality products manufactured or distributed by diverse suppliers. Grainger’s Channel Development Program promotes products sold by our network of Diverse Business Enterprise (DBE) resellers. In 2021, Grainger U.S. spent more than $1.6 billion with more than 6,600 small businesses, and $278 million with over 680 minority-, woman-, veteran-, disabled-person- and LGBT-owned businesses for goods and services. Within our tier 2 supplier diversity portfolio, we offer more than 720,000 products from more than 2,800 key small and/or diverse suppliers.

Transportation Logistics

Grainger relies on a network of third-party carriers for our transportation needs. The company works closely with these providers to continuously identify opportunities to maximize efficiency and minimize fuel use. Grainger continues to be one of the only industrial suppliers to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a SmartWay® partner.