BUILDING A DIVERSE WORKFORCE
Our diverse workforce strengthens our competitive advantage and reflects the communities we serve. A comparison against U.S. Department of Labor data shows that our U.S. workforce is more ethnically diverse than the nation’s working population. In 2021, we also expanded the number and percentage of women and minorities at the manager level and above.
DEI ASSOCIATE ENGAGEMENT FOCUS AREAS
ASSOCIATE RESOURCE GROUPS
Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) are open and inclusive organizations that consist of voluntary groups of associates who share common interests and join together in programming, networking and activities. ARGs align with the company’s DEI commitment to create an environment where every associate feels included and valued for who they are. They drive associate engagement and promote inclusion across our company through raising cultural awareness, celebrating diversity, serving our communities and fostering development.
In 2021, we revised our ARG structure to further support all associates across the entire company, not just at our Store Support Center. We continue to expand outreach to associates to encourage their engagement in our Associate Resource Groups.
We launched Caring Conversations in 2020 in response to the civil unrest in our community. The virtual events for all associates included panel discussions where senior leaders shared candid stories about race and ethnicity, and experts from outside the company educated associates about civil rights, laws, voting and more. In 2021, Caring Conversations evolved into C.A.R.E. Talks, a series of diversity discussions that Champion Awareness, Respect and Equity for all associates. These discussions include external speaker series, panel discussions, and small group listening sessions, and we occasionally partnered with our Associate Resource Groups on elevating keynote speakers in this format. We continued this format throughout 2022.