Multi-format food, fuel and pharmacy retailer, Giant Eagle, is one of the largest privately owned and family-operated companies in the nation and is ranked number 30 on Forbes magazine’s list of the top U.S. private companies. For 85 years, Giant Eagle has been dedicated to giving back to the communities it serves, and has been a stalwart champion of employment for people with disabilities.
Team Members with disabilities are treated just as they should be at Giant Eagle – no differently than their colleagues without disabilities. People with disabilities thrive in a variety of positions throughout the company’s 423 retail locations where individuals are not limited, but rather given the opportunity to find a job that best fits their skill set and interests.
Giant Eagle also has Disability Awareness Training for its Team Members which includes a review of the Americans with Disabilities Act, interviewing skills for hiring people with disabilities, and disability simulations. The goal is not just to promote employment for people with disabilities within their company, but also to educate, empower, and enable other companies to follow in their footsteps. They are advocating in communities and working with other companies to help them begin employing people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Additionally, Giant Eagle is focused on expanding its “Liaison” project with its community partners Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services, Achieva, New Avenues to Independence and Goodwill. In this project, outside job coaches are embedded into the Company to help facilitate hiring and retaining more people with disabilities. Each of Giant Eagle’s major markets has at least one Liaison.