Our Commitment to Inclusion & Diversity
At Burlington, we stand for equality and respect the dignity of each person. We embrace the many facets of diversity that strengthen our communities and our company. We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and understanding.
Juneteenth, short for “June Nineteenth,” is a holiday that commemorates the abolishment of slavery in the United States and is the oldest such commemoration in the nation. At Burlington, we celebrate freedom and honor the importance of Juneteenth, reflect upon how far we’ve come, and recognize that there’s more work to be done towards full equality.
Burlington prides itself on being a diverse and welcoming organization with more than 70% of our associates self-identifying as people of color. We are also proud to have associates representing five different generational groups, from the Silent Generation (b 1927 - 1945) up through Centennials (b 1995 - ).
Our Inclusion & Diversity Councils – one for our Field/Stores associates and one for our Corporate/Supply Chain associates, have supported our efforts to foster an inclusive, diverse workplace committed to equality for over 5 years. These Councils represent the different facets of our workforce and are made up of associate volunteers who meet regularly to find ways to build on the strength of our diversity and help drive positive change throughout Burlington.
Creating an Inclusive Culture
While we value our diversity, our true focus is on being inclusive - a place where everyone can bring their true, authentic selves to work. To measure our progress, we conduct an annual anonymous survey which is taken by more than 33,000 associates. Our most recent pulse survey results revealed that 91% of our associates “believe Burlington makes it easy for people from diverse backgrounds to fit in and be accepted.” Additionally, Burlington has been consistently recognized as a Best Workplace for Diversity and a Best Workplace for Women (FORTUNE). Burlington also regularly receives high marks on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, which acknowledges welcoming and affirming workplaces for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Each month on our internal communication channels, we prominently feature various holidays and traditions celebrated here in the U.S. and across the globe. Our goal is to help associates from all cultures feel welcomed and to help educate associates about the important traditions and celebrations of their peers.
ALL HEARTS WELCOME
Burlington celebrates the diversity of our workforce and is a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ community. We build allyship and awareness through associate educational and training sessions, offer associate engagement opportunities during Pride Month, and proudly support the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). During Pride month and at other moments throughout the year, we share key facts and figures highlighting the continued fight for LGBTQ+ equality. And Pride 2019 marked Burlington’s first official corporate participation in the Philly Pride Parade. Our theme, displayed on our banner and t-shirts, read “Burlington: All Hearts Welcome.”
Burlington is an active supporter of the Black Retail Action Group or BRAG, a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping prepare students of color for executive leadership in retail, fashion and related industries. Our work with BRAG includes offering educational support, internships, and participating in their annual Gala event.
Supporting Equity in Education
In celebration of the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, in 2020 Burlington donated $155,000 to become the Founding Partner of AdoptAClassroom.org’s Racial Equity in Schools Fund to provide professional development and resources to help schools address racial bias and achieve positive outcomes. This donation will support over 15,000 students nationwide.