Diversity & Inclusion
At Sears Holdings, diversity and inclusion are woven into our cultural fabric. We represent the rich diversity of culture, people and ideas that are America. We have taken steps to build awareness of the importance of diversity to the point it is considered “business as usual” – accepted and expected. Our formula for success is sharing ideas, communicating honestly and respecting each other. We strive to attract a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live and work. We want diverse people who bring ideas, experiences and talent that will help us achieve our business objectives. We want our company to reflect the diversity that is uniquely American. And we work diligently to ensure there are no artificial barriers that limit our associates from attaining their goals and dreams while working at Sears Holdings.
Sears Holdings Associate Resource Groups
Sears Holdings supports associate networks that reinforce the inclusiveness of all associates, members and customers. Sears Holdings Associate Resource Groups provide our associates with opportunities for personal growth, career development and community engagement. ARGs help ensure a workplace committed to respecting and leveraging the unique attributes and perspectives of every associate, to maximize customer and member relationships, and achieve more profitable financial results. The ARGs support our business priorities, and leverage individual and collective strengths to drive sales, meet diverse customer and member needs, and help attract, develop and retain diverse talent. The groups have grown from traditional affinity groups to becoming key partners to our business units. Our 10 ARGs are:
The mission of the ABLE Network is to promote the benefit of unique abilities and contributions of associates, families, and members impacted by disability through raising awareness, fostering respect and navigating barriers for Sears Holdings.
African American Network
The African American Network is dedicated to building relationships with its members and communities by suggesting relevant products, services and marketing techniques that will enable us to gain the trust needed to develop lifetime relationships with diverse members. It is the African American Network’s mission to enhance member development, growth and involvement in company and community, thus creating value for Sears Holdings.
The Asian Network is committed to developing an effective communication channel for the growing community of Asians at Sears Holdings. The network’s goals are to encourage professional development, recognition, mentoring and hiring of diverse associates; provide resources to company leaders in order to improve every day and achieve Sears Holdings key business imperatives; and assist associates in resolving any work-related issues or concerns.
Associate Military Support Network
The AMSN is an enterprise-wide network committed to recognizing, valuing and leveraging the strengths and capabilities of associates with military experience in order to enhance the culture, continued growth and success of Sears Holdings.
Emerging Professionals Network
The EP Network provides associate development activities designed to engage and introduce emerging professionals at Sears Holdings for networking, developmental and service opportunities.
Inclusive Now Network
The I.N. Network consists of associates based at our call center locations and strives to create an inclusive, transparent and fair place to work. The group aims to promote equality and diversity for all individuals and encourage associates to be active in their community, celebrate culture in the workplace, and promote Sears Holdings as a diversity leader in the marketplace.
The PRIDE mission works to create an open and inclusive work environment that respects and values gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender associates, allowing them to contribute fully to the success of Sears Holdings.
Latino Resource Group
LRG's mission is to develop current members into future leaders and build relationships within our communities, all while leveraging our knowledge and experiences to better understand our Hispanic consumers.
Working Parents Network
The WPN supports working parents by establishing a forum for discussion, disseminating information, and offering education regarding the issues associates face in caring for their children and/or elderly parents. It provides opportunities to partner with Sears Holdings to drive family-oriented solutions to better serve our associates and our customers.
Women in Leadership Development
WiLD provides meaningful input to Sears Holdings by channeling the unique attributes and perspectives of women. As target customers, women's voices and insights have the ability to add commercial value to selecting and marketing our products. WiLD is a resource for recruiting, retaining, mentoring and developing associates through network leadership opportunities.
Sears Holdings Diversity Principles
Diversity is a business imperative.
Everyone is accountable for embracing our culture.
Diversity at Sears Holdings is demonstrated by:
- Our Senior Leaders’ attitudes and actions
- Our message to and interactions with our members and customers
- The vendors with whom we conduct business
- Attracting, hiring and retaining the best talent
- Recognizing, promoting and rewarding associates who deliver superior results
- Embracing diverse people, ideas and experiences
In 2014, for the 10th consecutive year, Sears Holdings scored 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2015 Corporate Equality Index. This perfect score is a testament to our company’s commitment to equality through programs such as PRIDE that reinforce inclusiveness of all associates and an understanding that diversity is a key business imperative. “We are proud of our perfect score on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for the 10th straight year. Sears Holdings is open, accepting and appreciative of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender associates for bringing their authentic selves to work," said Stacy Greenfield, Manager of Diversity and Community Engagement at Sears Holdings.
Additionally, we have developed The Safe Space Program which is a way for associates to express their support for LGBT associates. This program provides Pebble badges for associates to display in their virtual office or workspace. The badge was created as a visible, non-threatening way to show LGBT support and identify the space as a “safe space” for all associates.
Top 50 Employers CAREERS & disABLED Magazine
In 2014, Kmart was named as a top employer by "CAREERS & the disABLED." The magazine ranked Kmart 19th on its Top 50 Employers list, based on its annual reader survey that identifies top U.S. companies for which readers would prefer to work or that they believe would provide a positive working environment for people with disabilities. “CAREERS & the disABLED” is the nation’s first and only career guidance and recruitment magazine for people with disabilities who are at undergraduate, graduate or professional levels in the U.S.
Diversity MBA Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executives and Emerging Leaders
In 2014, two Sears Holdings associates were recognized by Diversity MBA at its 2014 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executives and Emerging Leaders Gala for their leadership at Sears Holdings and in their communities. Diversity MBA is a leadership and management organization that works with leaders to foster diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
“It’s an honor to be the co-chair of Sears Holdings' African American Network. I consistently have the opportunity to interact with many individuals across various levels of Sears Holdings. The exposure gained is tremendous because it provides me with an opportunity to learn from others and better understand how my role as a finance director can impact the company. This award means a lot to me because it not only represents me but represents the contributions that the AAN has made to Sears Holdings. Getting involved in organizations in the company that are outside your daily job function is important. It’s a way to give back to the organization and work on skills to make you a better individual. Regardless of where you are in the organization, leadership is needed. Leadership is something that I’m very conscious about and the AAN has allowed me to improve this skill.”
Director, Regional Finance
“I became involved in the company’s Latino Resource Group because I wanted to develop leaders and a team of engaged associates. Winning this award only pushes me to do more. Our company provides us with a number of opportunities and gives us the support we need to succeed.”