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Last update 8 July 2023

Description of economic activities

Wholesale of electrical household appliances (NACE2 4643)

The company, commonly called as Grainger, is engaged in the wholesale distribution of materials used in facilities maintenance. It was founded by William W. (Bill) Grainger in March of 1927 and was incorporated in 1928. Its registered head office is located in Lake Forest, United States.The company is the leading broad-line supplier of facilities maintenance and related products in the United States. It works with more than 1,300 suppliers to provide customers with access to more than 800,000 products from categories including adhesives, electrical, fasteners, hardware, filters, janitorial and painting, HVACR (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), lighting, material handling, metalworking, motors and power transmission, pneumatics and hydraulics, pumps and plumbing, safety, security, test instruments, and tools.Its customers are 1.8 million businesses and institutions across North America and China. These customers are facilities maintenance professionals from businesses and institutions of all sizes including government customers (e.g. government offices, schools and correctional institutions on the state and local levels as well as office buildings, military installations and the U.S. Postal Service); heavy manufacturing customers that are usually involved in textile, lumber, metals and rubber industries; light manufacturing such as food, pharmaceutical and electronic customers; retail customers including grocery stores, restaurants and local gas stations; contractor customers that include contracting firms involved in maintaining and repairing existing facilities; reseller customers that offer Grainger products to customers in different markets; and commercial customers including hospitals, hotels and theaters.The company has more than 425 branches in the United States. It also owns The Grainger Catalog that offers customers a resource for more than 138,000 facilities maintenance products; and the - the company's e-commerce solution that offers customers the ability to order more than 300,000 products online.The company is the leading distributor of facilities maintenance products in Mexico. Grainger, S.A de C.V. offers customers with more than 40,000 products. Further, in September 2006, Grainger opened its first location in China in the Shanghai suburb of Minhang. The branch initially stocks approximately 20,000 products to serve the Chinese businesses and institutions. Grainger also markets products in Latin America, Caribbean and Yucatan Peninsula, Asia-Pacific, East Russia, Far East, India and Oceania, Europe, Middle East, Africa, West Russia and Southwest Asia.

  • United States of America (US)
  • Company type: Corporate
  • Parent company: N/A
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Mr Donald Gregory Macpherson
  • CEO Total remuneration: 9.345.267,938
  • Website:

Financial data

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  • RepRisk Indicator (last month):  22

Social dialog

  • Transnational Corporate Agreement (TCA): N/A
  • Global Framework Agreement (GFA): N/A
  • Societas Europaea (SE): N/A
  • Bangladesh Accord: N/A

European Works Councils

  • EWC: N/A

Standards and certifications

  • Global Compact: N/A
  • CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project): N/A
  • Modern Slavery Statement: N/A
  • Transparency Index: N/A
  • SA8000 Social Accountability: N/A
  • Integrated report: N/A
  • ISO26000: N/A
  • OECD Guidelines: N/A
  • Social Development Goals (SDGs): N/A

Global Reporting Initiative certification

  • Global Reporting Initiative standards: N/A
  • Global Reporting Initiative GRI G4: N/A

Other company declarations

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  • Training policy: N/A
  • Policy to protect the right to health and safety in the workplaces where the company operates: N/A
  • Policy to protect the right to health and safety in the workplaces in the supply chain: N/A
  • Diversity policy: N/A

Universal declarations

Declarations and treaties recognised by the country where the company has its registered office

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
  • European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR):
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of CDFL Workers (Strasbourg Charter 1989):
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union EU CFR (Nice Charter 2000):
  • Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union TFEU:
  • Registered office in an OECD country:
  • ILO C029 - Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29):
  • ILO C087 - Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87):
  • ILO C098 - Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98):
  • ILO C100 - Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951 (No. 100):
  • ILO C105 - Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105):
  • ILO C111 - Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958 (No. 111):
  • ILO C138 - Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138):
  • ILO C182 - Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182):

Directives applied in the company offices in EU 27

  • D. 80/987/EEC: N/A
  • D. 89/391/EEC: N/A
  • D. 98/59/EC: N/A
  • D. 2000/43/EC: N/A
  • D. 2000/78/EC: N/A
  • D. 2001/23/EC: N/A
  • Council D. 2001/86/EC: N/A
  • D. 2002/14/EC: N/A
  • D. 2002/73/EC: N/A
  • Council D. 2003/72/EC: N/A
  • EP and Council D. 2005/56/EC: N/A
  • D. 2009/38/EC: N/A
  • D. 2004/25/EC: N/A
  • D. 2011/35/EU: N/A

Presence in main rankings

  • Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations: N/A
  • Global CSR Rep Trak 100: N/A
  • BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable US Brands: N/A
  • The Worlds Best Multinational Workplaces: N/A
  • The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25: N/A
  • The Worlds Most Innovative Companies: N/A
  • The Diversity Inc Top 50 Companies: N/A
  • Best Global Websites: N/A
  • Green Ranking Global Top 500: N/A
  • Green Ranking Global Top 100: N/A

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