Corporate Responsibility Programs

The Home Depot Launches Job Network to Empower Skilled Tradespeople
November 21, 2022 at 6:49 pm

In episode 376 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Jenna Arca, director of workforce development at The Home Depot, the largest home improvement retailer in the United States. Arca discusses the launch of The Home Depot's Path to Pro job-seeker marketplace for skilled tradespeople and hiring trade professionals (0:47), the origin of the…

What Retail Leaders Can Learn From Taco Bell's DEI Initiatives
November 14, 2022 at 8:46 am

Employers across every industry should be creating equal opportunities for their frontline employees. One of the ways this can be accomplished is by adopting the concept of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). But what does DEI truly mean? It can look different for each company, but essentially, as BuiltIn put it, "DEI is any policy…

How The UPS Store is Supporting the Next Generation of Small Business Owners
October 31, 2022 at 5:12 pm

In episode 373 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Michelle Van Slyke, senior vice president of marketing and sales at The UPS Store, the franchised subsidiary of United Parcel Service. Van Slyke discusses The UPS Store's launch of its new Start Small, Grow Big program, designed to support the next generation of small business owners and…

'Less Tolerance for Talk Without Action': What Retailers Are Getting Right About DEI
October 27, 2022 at 3:22 pm

Numerous studies have shown that racial and ethnic minorities, as well as women, are still woefully underrepresented in technology roles. However, the retail tech industry doesn't just have a diversity issue; there's an inclusivity issue as well. At a session focused on diversifying your tech workforce during last month's Total Retail Tech event in Nashville,…

Adidas Severs Ties With Kanye West; Other Retailers Remove His Products Amid Backlash
October 26, 2022 at 4:37 pm

Footwear and apparel company Adidas announced Tuesday that it has cut ties with the musician Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, following antisemitic comments and hate speech he recently posted on social media. Adidas, known for its sporting goods wear based out of Germany, had a nearly decade-long partnership with Ye that included his Yeezy…

The Home Depot Launches Jobseeker Platform Focused on the Skilled Trades
October 18, 2022 at 11:20 am

The Home Depot launched a new jobseeker marketplace created to connect skilled tradespeople to hiring trades professionals in the construction and home improvement industries. Skilled trades jobseekers can visit PathtoPro.com to create a profile, upload their resume and add photos of their work to connect with The Home Depot's Pro customers looking to hire in…

Walmart Launches Healthcare Research Institute, Increasing Provider Offerings
October 11, 2022 at 8:54 pm

Walmart announced on Tuesday the launch of the Walmart Healthcare Research InstituteSM (WHRI) to increase community access to healthcare research that may help lead to safer, higher quality and more equitable healthcare. WHRI will be focused on innovative interventions and medications that can make a difference in underrepresented communities, including older adults, rural residents, and women and…

Amazon to Invest $150M in VC Funds Backing Underrepresented Founders
October 5, 2022 at 12:23 pm

Amazon.com announced Wednesday it would spend $150 million in venture capital funds on firms that are backing companies founded by underrepresented founders. The online retail giant dubbed the initiative "Amazon Catalytic Capital" and expects to support more than 10 funds and over 200 companies through the next year, it said in a press release. The company…

REI to Give Employees Paid Time Off to Vote This Election Day
September 27, 2022 at 10:08 pm

REI is encouraging its employees to exercise their right to vote this November by delaying the opening of its stores by two hours on Election Day, reports Footwear News. On Nov. 8, every employee will receive paid time off as part of the outdoor retailer's Your Vote Can’t Wait campaign. REI has also created an election resource hub…

3 Digital Strategies for Socially Responsible Retail Brands
August 9, 2022 at 4:25 pm

Is this brand using sustainable business practices? Is this retailer aware of its social impact? What values am I supporting when I buy from this brand? Many of us have probably asked ourselves these questions before making a purchase. In fact, as of 2019, 70 percent of consumers take the social impact of a brand…