Fit-Friendly Worksite, Gold level. Lowe’s received the American Heart Association honor for the third consecutive year for demonstrating progressive leadership by making the health and wellness of our employees a priority. The gold-level recognition distinguishes companies that champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity in the workplace.
ITSMF Corporation of the Year. The Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) honored Lowe’s for our dedication and partnership in support of ITSMF’s mission. ITSMF is a national organization dedicated to fostering senior-level executive talent among African-American IT professionals by offering career development, mentoring and networking opportunities. Lowe’s is ITSMF’s largest corporate partner.
G.I. Jobs Top 100 Military-Friendly Employers®. Published by G.I. Jobs magazine, the list honors the companies that are doing the most to recruit America’s veterans. Lowe’s, which made the list for the sixth consecutive year, employs nearly 16,000 veterans and reservists. Lowe’s partners with the RecruitMilitary.com, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the Military Spouse Employment Partnership to promote job opportunities for service members and their families and provide extended benefits for employees called to active duty.
California awards. The California State Senate and State Assembly presented two awards of recognition to Lowe’s regional distribution center in Perris for its commitment to hiring, training and promoting people with disabilities. In addition, Lowe’s was recognized as Business of the Year by Exceed, a nonprofit organization that provides service and advocacy for adults with disabilities.
Employer of the Year. Goodwill Industries of Northeast Texas honored Lowe’s regional distribution center in Mount Vernon as Employer of the Year. The distribution center partnered with Goodwill in 2009 to create a training and work-skill development program for individuals with disabilities. The facility employs 100 percent of the people who successfully completed the program.
The program at our distribution center in Pittston, Pa., also was recognized. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and members of his administration toured the facility and spoke with Lowe’s employees. “The Lowe’s model is a great example of what employers can do to diversify their workforce,” said Department of Public Welfare Secretary Gary D. Alexander.