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.
COWORKER ENGAGEMENT AND WORKPLACE CULTURE
We have a collaborative culture built on mutual respect for the unique attributes and perspectives of all coworkers. We want everyone to have a sense of belonging and community, and the opportunity to perform to their full potential. That is The CDW Way.
Fostering a Sense Of Belonging
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is an essential element in our ability to attract and retain top talent and drive business results. We want all coworkers to feel a sense of belonging and community, and to be empowered to bring their authentic, best selves to CDW, freely and respectfully.
Our DEI commitment starts at the top of our organization: our Board diversity is 70% overall (40% female and30% males of color) and 71% of our Executive Committee members are women/people of color.
Ultimately, we believe embracing and fostering diverse thinking, inclusive behaviors and equal opportunity enable us to be better collaborators and innovators and drive better outcomes for our customers and vendor partners. Visit CDW’s DEI page for more information about our efforts in this area.
CDW'S DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK
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.
Promoting a Culture of Safety
At CDW, the health and safety of our coworkers and their families are a top priority. This safety-first mindset begins with our coworkers, who promote a culture of safety that focuses on continuous improvement and the pursuit of zero injuries. We have site-specific programs and policies in the U.S., Canada and U.K. for our distribution centers, major office locations and field staff. Read more here about our safety program and how we kept coworkers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Setting a Foundation for Continuous Learning
All coworkers are immersed in our learning culture from the time they start working at CDW, setting the foundation for a continuous learning journey that covers skills enhancement, leadership development, innovation excellence and professional growth. We grow together to win together. Learn more on pages 24-26 of our 2020 ESG Report.
Meeting the Needs of Coworkers
CDW’s comprehensive benefit offerings are designed to support the emotional, physical and financial health of coworkers and their families. Meeting the evolving needs of coworkers drives our current offerings and informs our future plans. We want to ensure coworkers have access to the best tools to be safe, healthy and successful in the workplace and at home. Learn more on our benefits page.
ENGAGING OUR COMMUNITIES
Since our founding, CDW and our coworkers have been committed to supporting communities where we live and work. This support is embedded across our organization, with coworkers at all levels giving of their time and talents to various programs and passions.
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.
CDW’s vendor partners and suppliers are a critical extension of our company and vital to our success. We focus on working with partners who can deliver a superior experience to our mutual customers, align with our go-to-market strategies, and effectively collaborate to expand our growing solutions, services and international capabilities.
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.
OUR ECONOMIC IMPACT*
CDW Total Purchases
Total CDW purchases from small and diverse businesses
Total Jobs Supported
Jobs supported at U.S. small and diverse businesses
Total Wages Supported
Wages and benefits earned through jobs at U.S. small and diverse businesses