In the U.S. and Canada, we have seven active Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) organized for networking, development, and support for Associates at our corporate headquarters and in our Loss Prevention (LP) department. We are also pleased that in 2018, our ARG that supports veterans expanded to distribution centers in Georgia and Arizona. Our ARGs sponsor educational, volunteer, and social events in a comfortable venue.
While informal, these groups are also well organized. Every year, each ARG develops an annual business plan describing their goals and objectives, are provided with an annual operating budget, money for charitable giving and/or community programs, a liaison from Human Resources, and an executive sponsor. The groups host a wide range of events each year, including educational programming for group members as well as for the general Association population, volunteer opportunities, and fundraising initiatives.