Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report 2015 Sears Holdings Corporation

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Sears and Kmart have been part of our nation’s homes and families for more than 100 years. Today, as wholly-owned subsidiaries of Sears Holdings, we continue this rich tradition through volunteerism and donations of merchandise and money. Sears Holdings is dedicated to giving and service in the communities in which we work and live. 

At Sears Holdings, we offer our associates the opportunity to support nonprofit organizations, programs and services they are passionate about through our ServeYourWay platform. ServeYourWay is an associate-driven, company-enabled volunteer program that allows associates to contribute through financial donations and hands-on volunteering. Through the online giving system, associates can make financial contributions to their favorite charity. Additionally, associates can use the platform to search for volunteer opportunities in their communities that fit their interests, skills and schedules, with the ability to log their hours online.

During the 2015 Holiday Season, ServeYourWay partnered with the Sears Holdings Associate Resource Groups to make a difference in the lives of others. Together, they sponsored a collection drive to support local community agencies with winter gear and food collection. Fifteen bulk boxes of coats, mittens, hats, pajamas and food were donated to five metro Chicago nonprofits.
Engagement in Action:  TechGYRLS

In collaboration with the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, the Sears Holdings Associate Resource Group Women in Leadership Development, hosted members of TechGYRLS during the summer of 2015. TechGYRLS is a multi-week, project-based learning program for girls that provides opportunities for exploration in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). The TechGYRLS program, which serves girls that are 9 to 14 years old, focuses on the various components of STEAM and how they relate to educational development and real-world problem solving. The girls are encouraged to explore all areas of STEAM in order to build their skill sets, develop critical thinking and participate in collaborative brainstorming.

Over the course of four weeks, TechGYRLS worked with SHC on a number of projects. Participants created a back-to-school fashion catalog and saw examples of look books from our Metaphor and Structure brands. They also experienced the behind-the-scenes energy of a professional fashion shoot as they toured our Evoke Productions studio.