Giant Eagle’s Business Resource Groups
One excellent way that we continue to engage our Team Members, customers and communities with our Inclusion and Diversity Mission and Strategy is through the work of our six Business Resource Groups (BRGs).
The Young Professionals, Women’s, GE PROUD, Abilities, Veterans and African-American Business Resource Groups serve as strategic business partners of Giant Eagle by helping to build an inclusive and diverse culture, which results in higher Team Member engagement, innovative thinking, and more-informed business decisions. While their tactics and individual goals differ, all six Business Resource Groups share the same focus areas and key strategic objectives:
- COMPANY & MARKETING/MERCHANDISING IMPACT: Serve as subject matter experts of diverse Team Members to help make better decisions on internal policies/procedures, consumer product/service offerings, and increase awareness and understanding of issues related to the group the Business Resource Group represents
- TALENT DEVELOPMENT: Support the professional development of Team Members and expand diverse leadership representation
- TALENT ACQUISITION: Increase diverse candidates by expanding recruiting efforts
- TEAM MEMBER ENGAGEMENT: Provide networking and social opportunities for represented group to increase a sense of internal community and culture
- COMMUNITY: Partner with external organizations to help strengthen the represented group in the community
ABILITIES: Wrote an overall Inclusion Strategy for the Company that focuses on: Culture; Talent Management; Team Member Engagement, Marketing & Merchandising; and Accessibility; and working closely with the Talent Development team to improve the Welcome Workshop (Team Member onboarding process) with differently abled sensitivity training and accommodation processes. Moreover, the ABRG held an Olympics-themed volunteer event with Goodwill Columbus, and they are planning an additional event with New Avenues To Independence in Cleveland.
VETERANS: The Talent Recruitment team worked with VBRG to assist veterans transition from their military service to their Team Member roles at Giant Eagle. They also held an event on Veterans Day to celebrate the history and significance of the holiday, and teamed up with Citizens Bank and the Military Warriors Support Foundation to rebuild a veteran’s home in Penn Hills. They raised hundreds of dollars in gift cards and donated food to stock the veteran’s entire kitchen. Additionally, the Veterans and Abilities BRG’s are working with Life Resources to make more services available to Team Members that are veterans and/or those who are differently abled.
ABILITIES: Over the past year, the AABRG’s charter, mission and vision were finalized and approved, and kickoff events were held in the Cleveland, Columbus and Pittsburgh markets. The AABRG also launched a mentor program in October 2017, and is also working with the Customer Connect and Merchandising teams to survey African-American Customer Households to help with product and service selections. The AABRG also teamed up with Higher Achievement to send 50 scholars for a career education session at the corporate headquarters office, and held Day of Caring activities at each of the major food banks Giant Eagle serves.
WOMEN’S: The WBRG continues its strong partnership with Bethleham Haven, a women’s shelter in Pittsburgh. The Group also hosted a conference attended by women from across Giant Eagle for networking and development opportunities. Another highlight event included David Shapira, Giant Eagle Chairman, speaking on his views of women in leadership roles.
GE PROUD: Giant Eagle scored an 85% on the 2017 Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. The Corporate Equality Index is a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. It is important to Giant Eagle to be a corporate leader in LGBTQ inclusiveness, and the team is continuing to improve its practices as a result of Team Member feedback and the results of the CEI evaluation. We look forward to achieving a score of 100 and being recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ equality. GE PROUD organized and coordinated involvement with PRIDE Parades in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Columbus, and is assisting with the formation of a Youngstown chapter.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: Partnering with Giant Eagle’s Learning & Development team on a mentoring program that will connect young professionals new in their career with more tenured young professionals in the Company.