INCLUSION & DIVERSITY AT TRUE VALUE

Our company believes a diverse and inclusive work environment is about more than understanding or accepting attributes such as race, gender and religious beliefs. It means leveraging the variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives that make each individual unique for the purpose of moving our organization to be world class.


Mission

To encourage True Value to lead the way as an inclusive wholesaler through employment practices, supplier decisions, and community involvement.

Vision

To cultivate an inclusive environment where diverse ideas and individual perspectives are expected, respected and valued.

 

WORKPLACE & CULTURE IN ACTION

 
Supplier Diversity Conference

SUPPLIER DIVERSITY

True Value's Supplier Diversity Program proactively partners with diverse businesses to procure goods and services that align with our corporate business strategies. It’s our mission to foster an inclusive environment that provides maximum opportunities for diverse businesses to participate as partners and suppliers of goods and services. Learn more.
 

 

DIVERSITY AT JOB FAIRS

We are committed to proactively seeking diverse talent by attending various diversity job fairs throughout the city. Through these events, we interact directly with a myriad of potential candidates that we may not have the opportunity to speak with otherwise. Our Inclusion & Diversity recruiting committee is dedicated to expanding & influencing True Value’s diversity talent pool.
 

 

ASSOCIATE TRAINING

We strive for a company culture that continually advocates for inclusion and diversity of all associates and communities. We don't just talk the talk. We walk the walk. To achieve this, we offer numerous I&D training, engagement and community outreach opportunities throughout the year. From cultural lunch & learns to local volunteerism and everything in between, there is no shortage of meaningful and eye-opening I&D experiences for associates at True Value.

Making a Real Difference

Back to School

Back-to-School Supply Drive to Support our True Value Boys & Girls Club

Collectively our associates teamed up by department and helped donate over $6,850 worth of supplies
Learn more about True Value Boys & Girls Club
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

Ronald McDonald House of Chicago Donation Drive

Our associates had a friendly competition and helped donate 10 pallets worth of product resulting in the largest donation drive ever received at the Ronald McDonald House of Chicago
Learn more about Ronald McDonald House
Seniors

Senior Citizen Outreach at Norwood Crossing Retirement Community

Helped prepare, plate and serve a tasty brunch to the community residents while also brightening their days with some great conversations, live music & gifted plants for their homes
Learn more about Norwood Crossing Retirement Community
Chicago Lighthouse

Illuminating Ability with The Chicago Lighthouse

Bringing awareness to the many accessible programs, support and technology for those who are blind or visually impaired. True Value also sponsored a lighthouse sculpture as part of The Chicago's "Lighthouse's on the Mag Mile".
Learn more about Chicago Lighthouse
Chicago Lighthouse

Transgender Diversity with Precious Davis

Moderated discussion led by Precious Davis and former Senior Vice President Cathy Anderson. Associates learned about the misconceptions about transgender men and women, as well as non-discrimination laws covering the transgender community
Learn more about Precious Davis
LGBTQ + Pride with Center on Halsted

LGBTQ + Pride with Center on Halsted

Three panelists from the LGBT Speakers Bureau shared personal stories from different generational perspectives on the progress achieved through the years, as well as what still needs to happen to assure full equality. Pride flags were also provided to all associates and still stand proudly throughout our company’s floors
Learn more about Center on Halsted

Understanding Domestic Violence with Sarah's Inn

Associates were provided purple ribbons to wear during the month of October while also attending a lunch & learn with guest speaker from Sarah’s Inn – one of the largest and most comprehensive domestic violence agencies in Chicago
Learn more about Sarah's Inn

Holiday Stocking Drive

Associates helped donate clothing, games & holiday candy to stuff over 100 holiday stockings for Chicago Veterans. Associates then helped pass them out at the Jesse Brown VA Hospital and also helped with their Veterans food pantry!
Learn more about the Chicago VA

Stop Workplace Bullying with Christine Corelli

Interactive discussion on how workplace bullying can affect productivity, customer service and our bottom line. Associates learned what motivates a bully, common bullying tactics and effective intervention techniques
Learn more about Workplace Bullying

Serving Meals for those in Need at Breakthrough

A group of volunteers prepared and served meals for over 50+ men and women at the local Breakthrough support centers in Chicago's East Garfield Park
Learn more about Breakthrough
 

The Inclusion & Diversity Council Leaders

Antoine Hinton
Inclusion matters to me and to True Value Company because it makes associates feel valued, trusted, and empowered. It ultimately leads to better engagement and helps in retaining, as well as attracting, new talent. At the core of inclusion is diversity, which we embrace because we all come from different walks of life and our unique characteristics, ideas, backgrounds, and experiences not only make us a better company, but a more innovative one with a competitive advantage. More simply, it's just the right thing to do. No one should ever feel excluded or ostracized because they are different from their peers. Everyone should be embraced and treated equally. By celebrating our associates' differences, we maximize our full potential.
Antoine Hinton
Chair
 Brian Rhinehart
Working as the Assistant Lead on the Inclusion and Diversity Council has allowed me to work on numerous initiatives to create a more inclusive and diverse work environment here at True Value Company. When people come to work every day they feel welcome, included and able to be their true and authentic selves which makes our company stronger and more competitive than ever. This is why inclusion and diversity matters to me and why it's a top priority here at True Value Company.
Brian Rhinehart
Co-Chair
Theresa Shea
True Value has truly become a leader in the Chicago-land area for inclusion and diversity work. Our programs - both voluntary and mandatory - have garnered attention from companies large and small who hope to emulate what we have created. What a benefit to our brand! It is amazing to be able to work on something that is so personally meaningful and which can truly benefit the business.
Theresa Shea
Executive Sponsor