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The Workshop at Macy’s is the retail industry’s longest running vendor development program dedicated exclusively to diverse -, Women -, LGBTQ-, and veteran-owned businesses. We select high potential applicants and provide the tools they need to better succeed and sustain growth through one-on-one education from Macy’s, Inc.’s top executives.
Diversity is at the core of Macy’s approach to doing business. It touches all areas of our company and we expect our associates, our advertising, in-store merchandising, and the companies with which we do business to all reflect the diverse multicultural marketplace we serve.
Our vendor relationships are an important aspect of our diversity and inclusion strategy. We are working to support the next generation of diverse suppliers by ensuring they are integrated into our merchandising and business development strategies. Our Supplier Diversity Program is designed to connect more ethnically diverse-, women-, veteran- and LGBTQ-owned businesses to opportunities within Macy’s, Inc., enabling us to have more distinctive merchandise, contribute to the economic health of local communities, and help grow the number of diverse suppliers in the retail industry.
We also continue to build a viable pipeline of diverse vendors through ongoing training and development, by establishing new relationships and partner opportunities, through new retail models and by focusing on establishing a meaningful presence in our various distribution channels–in stores, online and on our mobile app.
In 2018, we purchased approximately $937 million from ethnically diverse- and women-owned businesses. This engagement with diverse suppliers contributed more than $1.8 billion to the U.S. economy – surpassing the billion-dollar mark for the fourth year in a row – and sustained more than 10,000 jobs. These jobs and the incomes earned through them are important contributions to the communities in which we operate.
While work remains, I am grateful for what our colleagues have accomplished and am energized by their dedication to this work. To our customers, communities, and other stakeholders, you have my pledge that diversity and inclusion will continue to be business imperatives at Macy’s, aligned with our priorities and integrated into all areas of our company.
Chairman and CEO
At Macy’s, we are committed to diversity and inclusion across all aspects of our business. Guided by our mission to embed diversity and inclusion into how we think, act, and operate — we know we are strongest when we reflect the customers and communities we serve.
Welcome, accept and respect every one of our customers.
Drive growth with under-represented suppliers.
Drive impact through community relationships reflecting our goals and values.
Consistently and genuinely reflect all our customer’s lives.
Reflect the full spectrum of diversity at all levels of our workforce.
Macy’s is continually looking for new ways to serve our customers, deliver value and build sales and profits. We’ve long been recognized for our commitment to fostering the growth and development of our vendor resources, including owned enterprises.
The value of those partnerships cannot be overstated. In 2018, Macy’s financial commitments with diverse businesses helped contribute $1.8 billion to the US economy, and sustained nearly 10,800 jobs.
For nearly a decade, The Workshop at Macy’s has elevated, supported and helped to foster the growth of the next generation of diverse-owned merchants and vendors. As America’s Department Store, we serve the most diverse customer base in the world, and we believe that our business is stronger by making sure that the products and assortments we offer cater directly to those customers.
Macy’s puts our customers at the center of every decision we make. Because of that, we offer a personalized shopping experience across our stores and platforms. Aggressive implementation of this customer-centric strategy by a talented, experienced organization provides Macy’s, Inc. with an important competitive edge.