Engaging Our Coworkers, Communities and Partners
At CDW, care and concern for our coworkers drives everything we do. Our culture is designed to provide coworkers with the support and flexibility to do their best work as individuals and collectively. We all work together to build and strengthen relationships with customers, partners and coworkers.
WHO WE ARE AND HOW WE WORK
Create an Inclusive Culture where all dimensions of difference are valued and represented, and all coworkers feel a sense of belonging that drives results.
HOW WE GROW
Position CDW as the Best Place for Talent where there is equity in our processes for hiring, advancement, development and retention of all coworkers and leaders regardless of dimension of diversity.
HOW WE DO BUSINESS
Embed our focus on diversity in our business practices with customers, partners and the communities we serve.
Focusing Our Efforts
We concentrate our community engagement efforts, both locally where we operate and at a corporate level, in the areas of education and workforce development, health and wellness, and military and veterans. Our commitments include Junior Achievement, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Network, American Cancer Society, Operation Support Our Troops and Folds of Honor. Learn more about these commitments on our Community Involvement page.
Driving Coworker-Led Engagement
Coworkers are critical to our community engagement efforts. Our program is built to support our coworkers and the causes that are most meaningful to them. Local community relations, Business Resource Groups, small groups of coworkers and individual coworkers are all important voices in raising awareness of issues and causes that matter most. CDW YourCause, a coworker-facing web platform, enables the entire CDW workforce globally to have uniform access to volunteering, fundraising and matching gift opportunities. For more information, see pages 30-33 in our 2020 ESG Report.
Responding to Community Needs
CDW also remains responsive to immediate needs and where collective action can have broad impact. For example, in 2020, we were able to quickly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing financial support for local, national and global response efforts through donations to Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, the CDC Foundation, and the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Read more about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic on pages 11 and 12 in our 2020 ESG Report.
Partnering With Diverse Suppliers
Business Diversity is essential for building and maintaining a deep pool of qualified suppliers who are creative, innovative and competitive. A signature Company Initiative, we strive to maintain one of the best business diversity programs in the industry. Committed to a long-term vision of business diversity, we have formed more than 1,100 partnerships with minority-owned, woman-owned, and small, disadvantaged businesses, including product manufacturers, distributors and service providers. As part of these relationships, we invest time and resources to help our partners become stronger, more effective businesses. Learn more about our business diversity commitments and review our 2020 Economic Impact Report: Advancing Diversity in Adversity.
Increasing Our Economic Impact
In 2019, CDW achieved membership in The Billion Dollar Roundtable, joining an exclusive group of U.S.-based companies that procure more than $1 billion annually from minority and woman-owned businesses on a first-tier basis. We repeated this accomplishment in 2020. Since launching in 2007, our business diversity program has totaled more than $17 billion in transactions with certified, small, diverse vendor partners.