Dollar General recently received a silver Globee Business Excellence Award for the Company’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The award highlights the ways companies gave back during the pandemic with recipients illustrating endeavor, resilience and creativity to respond to the pandemic.
Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others was further exhibited amid the COVID-19 pandemic as the health and safety of employees, customers and local communities remained a top priority.
Workforce initiatives to serve employees included four hours of regular pay for hourly frontline employees receiving their COVID complete vaccination, creation of new career opportunities, telehealth program enrollment opportunities, approximately $169 million in appreciation bonuses to eligible employees, paid sick leave and a $5.25 million donation to the Dollar General Employee Assistance Foundation.
The Company took its responsibility to serve neighbors and communities seriously, implementing several proactive and preventative measures including enhanced cleaning protocols, the installation of approximately 40,000 plexiglass shields, distribution of PPE and additional hand sanitizer. DG was also one of the first essential businesses to announce senior hours and further enhanced customers’ shopping experiences by expanding DG Pickup functionalities so customers could shop on the DG app and pick up orders in store.
In communities, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation provided a $2 million donation to Save the Children’s COVID-19 response efforts across rural America to help ensure children continue to learn and have access to nutritious foods.
Additionally, Dollar General continues to have constructive conversations with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), private companies and federal, state and local entities on ways the Company can support the nation’s COVID-19 testing and vaccine efforts.
The Company’s COVID-19 response efforts were recognized in 2020 by Forbes magazine, which named Dollar General among its top 25 corporate responders to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are reflected in a Harris Poll that outlines the essential role DG stores are playing.
“In the current times, how employers treat their employees will be remembered for years to come. How businesses respond will have a lasting impact on employee behavior including health, engagement, productivity and loyalty,” Globee’s nomination site reads. “Health and well-being, financial stability and job security are top concerns for employees right now and employers can help address those fears in meaningful ways.”
The annual Business Excellence Awards is the world’s premier awards program honoring employer excellence, employees and HR achievements, and the Globee awards recognize the world’s best employers, employees, and human resources professionals, teams, achievements, and HR-related products, services, training, and consultants who help to create and drive the best places to work. This annual awards program celebrates the individuals and teams who set industry benchmarks for excellence.
Judges from around the world representing a wide spectrum of industry experts participated in the judging process. See the complete list of 2021 winners here.
About the Globee Awards
Globee Awards are conferred in eleven programs and competition: the CEO World Awards®, the Consumer World Awards®, The Customer Sales & Service World Awards®, the Globee® International Best in Business Awards, the Golden Bridge Awards®, the Cyber Security Global Excellence Awards® and Security World Awards, the IT World Awards®, One Planet® American Best in Business Awards, the Globee® Employer Excellence Awards®, the Globee® Corporate Communications & Marketing World Awards, and the Women World Awards®. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind their success, the Globee Awards recognize outstanding achievements and performances in businesses worldwide. Learn more about the Globee Awards at https://globeeawards.com.