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Corporate Citizenship & Human Rights Statement

Statement of Human Rights

Applied® is committed to offering equal employment opportunities for all at all levels of the organization, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, veteran status, age, disability, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by applicable law. Applied supports the ideals as enumerated in the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights as established in 1948, and we value the importance of a diverse workforce. All of our associates are expected to comply with the labor and employment laws (including laws applicable to non-discrimination, non-harassment, whistle blower protections, equitable pay, minimum wage, work hours, prohibitions on child and forced labor, and freedom of association) applicable to their location. We expect our vendors, suppliers, customers, and other business partners to do the same and encourage our employees to report any such non-compliance.

We provide multiple reporting mechanisms, including an anonymous third-party hotline, should any associate feel that he or she has been discriminated against, harassed, or retaliated against. We take serious all such complaints and work to ensure a discrimination and harassment free workplace for all of our associates. In order to ensure the safety of our associates, we are also committed to a drug-free workplace and compliance with applicable health and safety laws and best practices.

Equitable Pay

Applied® has also established policies to promote equitable pay throughout the organization. We consistently review our employment policies to assess their effectiveness and legal compliance. Additionally, we conduct a salesforce job engagement survey across our U.S. operations annually.

Continuous Learning & Training

At the core of Applied® you will find an organization dedicated to continuous learning and compliance training, including training with applicable employment laws and regulations. Associates are urged to continually expand their knowledge base through targeted training initiatives. We utilize a Learning Management System, a modern social learning platform and strong learning data analytics to provide a powerful online connection to help manage talent. These data-driven programs engage our associates and visualize metrics to reinforce actions on key performance indicators and operational excellence initiatives that increase productivity and promote accountability. In fact, our learning opportunities earned Applied the 2017 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Learning Award in the category of Best Advance in Competencies and Skill Development. Applied also routinely conducts manager training and legal compliance training to ensure all individuals throughout the organization are aware of and comply with applicable corporate polices and applicable laws.

Slavery & Forced Labor

Applied® does not condone nor participate in child or forced labor (including, for example, the forced labor of North Korean individuals), modern slavery, or human trafficking. Associates of Applied are forbidden from engaging in or abetting this conduct. Any associates who believe that a vendor or customer of Applied is participating or allowing forced labor, modern slavery, or human trafficking is urged to report this suspicion to Company management immediately.

Land Use & Indigenous Rights

Applied® further believes that access to usable water is a basic human right. Indigenous rights, including water access rights, rights to self-determination, and rights to decision-making, should further be respected by all, including indigenous individuals’ rights to free, prior, and informed consent (“FPIC”).

Employee Wellness Assistance

Supporting the overall well-being of our associates is important to us; therefore, we are pleased to offer Company wellness programs that help our associates understand their current health, connect to supportive programs and resources, and stay motivated to make and sustain good health choices. In addition, we offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that provides Applied® associates and their families with immediate and confidential support to help resolve work, health and life challenges – at any age or stage of life – free of charge.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented change and challenges, causing uncertainty and anxiety for many. Across our locations, we continue to take appropriate actions to safeguard our fellow associates, our customers and our business partners. As we do our part to take care of ourselves, we also encourage others to do the same. Together, we can all do our part to stay safe and help slow the spread of this virus – adhering to the precautionary guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health organizations.

Did you Know?

Applied® associates have access to a free Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for additional support during times of uncertainty or hardship, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Did you Know?

In 2016, Applied® was recognized for Outstanding Employer Support by the United States Navy Reserve. Additionally, Applied was named by GI Jobs Magazine to the Top 100 Military-Friendly Employers list in 2010.

Our Community

We help shape the communities in which we operate and reside not only by providing superior service to our customers but also by taking an active role in our community. We take time to help raise money for charities and assist our neighbors because it is the right thing to do.

Local philanthropic efforts include sponsorship of community hunger banks, support to elderly homeless centers, and many other worthwhile organizations. On a corporate level, Applied® supports the Red Cross and United Way, as well as other non-profits as voted on by corporate associates. We are also a founding member and longtime donor to MidTown Cleveland, Inc. Beyond these activities, a formalized Corporate Contributions Committee regularly reviews eligible opportunities to improve community life in the Greater Cleveland area, where our corporate headquarters is located.

Additionally, our corporate senior management has a long track record of community Board involvement as well as keynote speaking engagements at local colleges, universities and organizations on varied topics, from business to ethics. With our proud foundation of more than 97 years, we strive to make a difference in the way we do business and how we help others.

Caring in Action

The catastrophic hurricane season in 2017 touched numerous Applied® locations and more than 200 of our associates, many of whom experienced significant hardship and personal loss. Through donations across our organization, Applied’s Hurricane Associate Fund provided significant monies to help our associates who were impacted by the storms. Care packages were contributed as well. Expressions of appreciation and gratefulness by those who benefited from the Fund were shared company-wide. Helping our own – and our communities – has been a common occurrence at Applied. After Hurricane Katrina, Applied donated more than $100,000 of safety and work supplies to the relief effort.

STEM Engagement

Associates from Applied® are often engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities across the manufacturing and educational communities. These initiatives provide us the opportunity to share our knowledge and engage today’s students with important and relevant career path opportunities that highlight STEM as among the key skills of the evolving marketplace. We strive to inspire others by volunteering our time to support local robotic teams, judge science fairs, assist with 4H competitions, and speak to students about careers – among other activities.

In October 2019, Manufacturing Day events took place all across the country. Applied collaborated with IndustryWeek to bring STEM and vocational students together with local manufacturers to learn more about our thriving industry and the exciting opportunities that manufacturing and industrial careers can offer. In total, the day included two keynotes, plants tours, a panel discussion, and 90+ STEM attendees and industry leaders. It was a successful day from start to finish – learning, sharing and inspiring today’s youth. Upon conclusion of the event, we heard it was “a wonderful experience for our students... with opportunities for their individual paths to success.”