Home Depot touts paid parental leave, sustainability

The Home Depot store on Cumberland Parkway included in the article about Home Depot earningsThe Home Depot store on Cumberland Parkway (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

Home Depot releases its 2018 Responsibility Report

The Home Depot,  one of Cobb County’s largest employers, reported on its updated parental leave policy in a press release Monday. The announcement marked the release of their 2018 Responsibility Report.

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The updated parental leave policy gives six weeks of 100 percent paid leave to all parents, plus an additional six weeks of 100 percent paid maternity leave to all birth mothers.

The report focused on a number of other topics related to social responsibility.  It stated that its stores have cut energy use 23.5 percent since 2010, exceeding the company’s goal of 20 percent reduction by 2020.

Other highlights from the report include:

  • Diversity and Inclusion: More than 50 percent of the company’s new hires were ethnically diverse and more than 34 percent were women.
  • Community: The Home Depot Foundation granted $63 million to support local communities in 2017, including over $4 million to assist areas affected by catastrophic hurricanes and wildfires.  In addition, the company’s employee relief non-profit, The Homer Fund, assisted more than 6,000 associates who experienced evacuations, as well as damage or loss of their homes.
  • Environmental: In addition to helping customers reduce their environmental impact through ENERGY STAR and WaterSense products, The Home Depot also reduced its Scope 3 upstream transportation and distribution of freight greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent.

According to the press release, the report outlines the company’s sustainability progress and environmental, workforce and community initiatives.

“As part of our values, we encourage our associates to be entrepreneurial, innovative and creative, and the successes you’ll see in this report are a testament to their talent and dedication,” said Craig Menear, The Home Depot chairman, CEO and president, in the press release. “We’re proud of their work, even as we look ahead with the understanding that there’s much more to do.”

>> The full report from is available here

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Larry Felton Johnson
Larry Felton Johnson is the editor and publisher of the Cobb County Courier. He holds a degree in journalism from Georgia State University and enjoys exploring the county's trail and greenway network when he isn't covering county government meetings and court proceedings.

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