A message from Laura Karet, Chair & CEO, and Jeremy Shapira, Chief Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Officer
At Giant Eagle, we believe inclusion, equity, and diversity are critical for three reasons.
First, it is simply the right thing to do - supporting a culture in which everyone, regardless of what makes them unique, can thrive. This is the foundation of treating people with respect.
Second, it is crucial to building a great business. Innovation and staying relevant to our Guests, who all have unique needs, is the key to business success. For that to happen, we need people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives who can help solve problems from different angles. To make the best possible business decisions, our Team Members must feel like they belong and therefore be able to bring their whole selves to work.
Third, we know that Giant Eagle can't truly thrive until everyone in our community thrives, and we're committed to doing our part to help every community member feel included. We're honored to play an important role in our communities by providing our neighbors with the essentials they need to thrive. To do this, we must understand their unique perspectives and needs - listening, learning, and valuing everyone's contributions and experiences.
We think about the order of the words inclusion, equity, and diversity very intentionally. Although diversity and equity are critical elements of the work, we believe they are merely a means to our true goal of inclusion, which is why we put inclusion first. Without inclusion, it's all for naught.
While we focus every day on acknowledging blind spots, educating ourselves, and taking action, we know we're running a marathon and still have so far to go. But, if we're open, honest, and vulnerable. we will continue to build bridges with one another and continue to move forward together.
We are determined to make progress and lead on inclusion, equity, and diversity and welcome you to join us on this journey.
Laura Karet Chair and CEO
Jeremy Shapira Chief Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Officer
How We Define Inclusion, Equity & Diversity
Inclusion is helping every person feel like they belong. This means they can be themselves, feel connected to a community, and know their unique perspectives are valued.
Equity is acknowledging the obstacles that exist in the workplace and community and then working to remove them so everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
Diversity is the varied perspectives people have as a result of their unique personal backgrounds and experiences.
At Giant Eagle, we know that a culture of inclusion and belonging, based on respect for all people, is the right thing to do. Everyone from all walks of life who interacts with our Company should feel like they belong. This includes our Team Members, Guests, business partners, community members, and shareholders.
It is also a critical path to innovation and business success. When people feel like they belong, they work smarter and more creatively. We build an inclusive, equitable, and diverse culture by empowering each person, collaborating with people who think differently and celebrating their differences and unique talents.
Giant Eagle will build a better and more informed business when it engages with diverse perspectives of each Team Member, Guest, business partner, community member, and shareholder, and incorporates those perspectives into every action and decision.
The Company will mirror the people we serve.
Every person who interacts with Giant Eagle will feel like they belong and can thrive as their true selves.
Giant Eagle, and specifically my direct manager, give me the freedom to be flexible. We don't have a rigid structure that only allows one way to do things. I have the freedom to try new things and try to improve processes. I'm big on process improvement and figuring out what we can do better tomorrow.
Dean - Distribution Supervisor
The best thing about working at Giant Eagle is working with my team. Throughout my career, I have found that the one thing that can make or break a person's ability to affect change and enjoy their role is the people they work with. The Team Members that I work with to support the organization's technology needs have continuously proven to be committed, engaged, and supportive.
Carl - Domain Architect
I really enjoy the daily interactions with customers as well as the support I have from my team, co-workers, and leadership. Every day you learn something new. What's great about WetGo specifically is they welcome and encourage creativity. Any idea you may have is listened to and most times implemented. It's just so cool.
Bryana - WetGo Pro Supervisor
It's my dream job. I love the weekly pay and the Team Members are so nice.
Shamar - Server
I enjoy the relationship built with my co-workers throughout the years. As a workplace Giant Eagle has made that easy. The company motivates and challenges us to be more innovative and engaging.
Ina - Associate Support Analyst
I came to work for GetGo because I needed a second job that would be flexible with my schedule. I've stayed because of that flexibility and because I have great co-workers.
Patsy - GetGoTeam Member
I have worked at Giant Eagle in the pharmacy for 3 years now and what I love most about the jobs is being able to care for patients. Every individual that comes to the pharmacy has unique needs and being able to help them and make sure they leave with all their questions answered is really important to me.
Bethany - Pharmacy Intern
It's truly a job where you can grow with the Company. One day you can be pushing shopping carts, in time you can become a Grocery Clerk, and then a Manager, and potentially higher above. Working at Giant Eagle is worth the investment because you truly rise up.
Whitney - Perishable Team Member
I'm most proud of all the leaders I've trained underneath me. The development of many people and being able to pass on my knowledge to a new group of leaders is what I am most proud of.