True Value Company is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all Federal, State and local laws  that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex/gender (including pregnancy), religion, national origin, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other protected legal status, under federal, state, or local law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but  not limited to,  recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations.


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


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

2020 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2020 was a year filled with unprecedented challenges, not just at True Value® but throughout the world. Nevertheless, the I&D Council adapted to the ever-changing circumstances and never lost sight of its goals. Our Council leaders and members continued work to successfully implement a three-year action plan centered around engagement, growth and efficiency. Read now


Supplier Diversity Conference


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.



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.



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.


The purpose of these quarterly Roundtables is to provide a forum for associates and leaders to share and learn from one another about aspects of our identities, especially where aspects of identity are in the minority or have been historically marginalized.

Black Employee RoundtableDisability & Friends Employee Roundtable

Making a Real Difference

Asian Justice

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Catherine Shieh, the Anti-Hate Training Coordinator of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago, led an interactive discussion on the disrespect and dangers that Asians and Asian Americans facing now and throughout history. We learned what to look for in scenarios and how to intervene safely.
Visit Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Let's Talk Racism Associate Event

Let's Talk! Race, Racisim & Next Steps

Diversity Strategist, Torin Ellis led an interactive conversation around current events, inclusive capitalism, race and workplace culture. Challenging us on individual responsibility and being more HUMAN at work and beyond. Connect with Torin Ellis
Color of Law Book Club

Book Club: The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

How segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much recent social strife—is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels. Watch Segregated by Design
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 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

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

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
Minor Feelings Book Club

Minor Feeling: An Asian American Reckoning - Book Discussion

In light of recent and historical hate crimes in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, associates had a timely conversation exploring racialized consiousness in America.
Get it at your local Bookstore or Library or at Amazon
Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness

Heather Bodie of Erasing the Distance, led an interactive experience to educate and disarm the stigma around talking about mental health in the workplace. Learn more at Erasing the Distance
German American Awareness

German American Awareness

DANK Haus of Chicago, Museum Director Rosaw Gallagher shared how German culture influenced the American Midwest. Learn more about DANK Haus Chicago
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
 Brian Rhinehart
When everyone gets a seat at the table, we can be stronger than ever as a company. That's why inclusion and diversity are so important to me and why I know it is vital for the continued growth of our company. Over the last few years, I’ve watched our company grow tremendously and I know it’s in part because of the incredible work put forth by our I&D Council. It’s such a pleasure to work with the council and our leaders on something that is so near and dear to me and I’m thrilled to see us take things to the next level in the coming years!
Brian Rhinehart
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

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