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Honors, Awards, and Accolades

At Giant Eagle, we are committed to making our workplace and communities healthier, safer, and more inclusive for everyone. We are both humbled and honored to receive the following awards, honors, and accolades. We praise the hard work our Team Members, Leadership, Communities, and Partners put into making our Company an inclusive and diverse place to work. 

Recent Honors, Awards, and Accolades

2021 "Community Service Award" winner by The Alpha Group of Delaware, Inc.

Giant Eagle is honored to be recognized as the 2021 "Community Service Award" winner by The Alpha Group of Delaware, Inc. during their 50th Anniversary and Award Celebration. This award celebrates our commitment to hiring, training, and supporting Team Members who are differently abled. We are thrilled to work together with community partners, such as The Alpha Group in Delaware County, who provide programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Learn more about how The Alpha Group helps people with ABILITIES succeed: The Alpha Group

2021 Community Services Award from The Alpha Group
Pictured left to right: Liz Owens, Chief Executive Officer; Meredith Davis, GE Retail Selection Specialist; Michelle Ervin, GE Sourcing Recruiter; Elliott Castello, Community Services Director; Mariah Daye, Vocational Specialist

2020 "Employer of the Year" by Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc.

Giant Eagle is honored to be named the 2020 "Employer of the Year" by Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc. for our commitment to hiring people who are differently abled and providing opportunities for vocational rehabilitation through Goodwill Industries. 

Learn more about Goodwill Industries & how you can make an impact in our community: https://insde.co/tjg

Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc.
Pictured left to right: Bridget Anderson, Recruiter and Alysse LaMarca, Recruiting Manager at Giant Eagle

2021 "Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality"

We are thrilled to share that Giant Eagle has earned the designation of being a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for 2021. As one of only 75 businesses in our operating areas to earn this distinction (33 businesses in Pennsylvania, 22 in Ohio, 5 in Indiana, 12 in Maryland and 3 in West Virginia), it is an affirmation of the concrete steps we have taken to ensure greater equality for LGBTQ workers and their families in the form of comprehensive policies, benefits, and practices.

Read more by visiting our Careers Blog.

The CEI is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Team Members. For more information and to view the full CEI report click here.

2021 "Power of Work Award (Hire Category)" from Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania 

We are exited to announce Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania chose Giant Eagle as a "2021 Power of Work Award" winner in the Hire Category, which honors businesses that are opening their doors and improving the lives of people with disabilities and/or other challenges by offering them work or work-related experiences.

In the past year, we've hired nine Goodwill candidates from six Goodwill programs. One of the hires was a participant in Goodwill’s UPMC Project SEARCH program who was hired into a position in the floral department. As she learned the position it became evident that some of the tasks were more than she could handle physically due to her height, and that continuing in the position might put her safety at risk. To accommodate her, we identified other tasks for her to do that are very suited to her friendly and outgoing personality, while allowing her to continue doing some of the original tasks that she enjoyed and that she could do safely. With these adjustments, she has been very successful in her new position!

Read more by visiting our Careers Blog!

Giant Eagle Receives #1 ranking on Greenpeace’s Supermarket Plastics Scorecard for 2020

Moving up from #16 last year, our #1 ranking is best-in-class above other supermarket chains around the country. Our top ranking is attributed to the combination of three factors.

  1. Our publicly stated goal to be free of single-use plastics in our operations by 2025 – a goal we are passionately committed to.
  2. The standout initiatives underway across the Company ranging from sourcing environmentally sustainable packaging to establishing transparency standards for our partners. I am very proud of the progress we are making with all these initiatives.
  3. Our strong operations and recycling programs across the organization.

Greenpeace, as the second largest environmental non-governmental organization (NGO) in the world, considers plastic elimination a key area of focus and a critical component to a green and healthy future. Annually, Greenpeace surveys the top 20 supermarket chains and ranks them on their efforts to reduce their reliance on plastics and solutions to tackle the pollution crisis.

Read more about the award here: Greenpeace Announcement

Past Honors, Awards, and Accolades

Team Members Who are Differently Abled (Abilities)

  • "Employer Partners of Inclusion Platinum Award" from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (2018, 2019, & 2020)
  • "Employer of the Year" from the National Down Syndrome Congress (2019)
  • "Employer of the Year Award" from Ohio Rehabilitation Association (2018)
  • "Business of the Year Award" from The Arc of Ohio (2018)
  • "Employer of the Year" by Vocational Guidance Services (2018)

Women in Business

  • “Women Executive of the Year” by The Griffin Report, received by Voni Woods, VP of Prepared Foods & Sushi (2018 & 2019)
  • "Top Women in Grocery" by Progressive Grocer (55 female Team Members selected since 2012)
  • "Top Women in Convenience" by Convenience Store News (Seven women selected since 2014)
  • "Most Powerful and Influential Woman" by Pennsylvania Diversity Council (Multiple winners)
  • "Women of Influence in the Food Industry" by Griffin Publishing Company (Multiple winners)
  • "Fred Rogers Good Neighbor Award" by the United Way of Allegheny County (Giant Eagle's Women’s Business Resource Group (WBRG) was also honored for the second year in a row)

LGBTQ

  • Earned a score of 90 on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) provided by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation (2020)
  • “LGBTQ Leadership Award” from the National Diversity Council, received by Brandon Howard, Manager, Retail Technology & Operations (2019)

Community

  • "Employer of the Year Award" from STANDING FIRM: The Business Case to End Partner Violence (2020)
  • "Corporate Leadership Award" at the 36th Annual Greater Cleveland National Philanthropy Day (2020) 
  • “Community Champion Award” from Cystic Fibrosis, Western Pennsylvania Chapter (2019)
  • “Corporate Community Service Award” from Salvation Army in Pittsburgh (2019)
  • “Feeding America Mission Partner” by Feeding America (2018)
  • “Partner Against Cancer” by the American Cancer Society
  • “Celebrate Success Corporate Award” from Junior Achievement of Northwest Pennsylvania
  • “Corporate Leadership Award” from the Northeast Ohio Chapter of American Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

Environmental & Food Sustainability

  • "Corporate Citizenship Award" from Pittsburgh Business Times for our partnership with 412 Food Rescue (2018)
  • “Top Green Fleets of 2018" from Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT) Magazine (2018)
  • Ranked #5 among all retailers nationwide by Greenpeace for our Seafood Sustainability Program (2018)
  • “Pittsburgh Business Times Corporate Citizenship Award” for our Partnership with the nonprofit organization, 412 Food Rescue (2018)
  • Ranked #11 among all retailers nationwide by Greenpeace for our Seafood Sustainability Program (2017)
  • “25th Anniversary Award” given to the Shadyside Market District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by Green Building Alliance for being one of their 25 projects that significantly advanced the region’s green building movement (2018)
  • Ranked #12 out of 30 on U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership’s Retail List for our commitment to renewable energy
  • “Recycling Award” winner by Gateway Recycling for recycling 48,900 tons of recyclables

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