Grainger Earns Perfect Score on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index

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Human Rights Campaign Foundation Names Grainger Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality

CHICAGO, Dec. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, earned a perfect score on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the third consecutive year and the designation of "Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

The 2017 CEI rated 1,043 businesses in the national benchmarking survey and report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community. Grainger joins 517 major U.S. businesses that achieved top marks for 2017.

"We are proud to be recognized again this year for our commitment to an inclusive workplace where all team members feel safe, valued and encouraged to contribute their best thinking," said Grainger Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, Joseph High. "When we work to create a culture where we respect, welcome and leverage similarities and differences, we attract and retain the best talent, while getting to the best outcome for our customers and the business."

Grainger offers full benefits for same-sex domestic spouses and partners and has global policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Grainger also supports the LGBT community through its corporate partnership with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, sponsorship of the 2016 Reaching Out MBA conference, annual participation in Chicago's Pride Parade and its internal Business Resource Group, the Equality Alliance.

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W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2015 sales of $10 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, (MRO) with operations also in Europe, Asia and Latin America.  

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