At GPC, we embrace our responsibility to build a more sustainable, equitable and resilient future for people and the planet. As a global automotive and industrial parts distributor and solutions provider, we are part of an extensive network that includes our teammates, suppliers, customers, communities and investors. That’s why our approach to sustainability looks both inward to our operations and outward to how we can help improve the network.

This year, we launched our new values that celebrate the way we have always treated people. They work in partnership with our purpose, mission and vision, and they are a vital part of keeping our unique culture thriving. Our values are also foundational to the work we are doing to advance our sustainability strategy, and they are featured throughout this year’s report.

In fiscal year 2022, we worked together as One GPC Team to make significant progress on our environmental, social and governance initiatives. We remain committed to our sustainability journey and are proud to share details of our accomplishments in this year’s report.

As One GPC, we are making great progress on our sustainability initiatives, and our team has what it takes to keep the momentum going. We know that when we invest in running a responsible, sustainable company, we make our business stronger, more agile and more resilient. Thank you to our GPC teammates, partners and suppliers who strive for excellence every day and deliver exceptional service for our customers and the communities in which we work and live.

Paul Donahue
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

2023 Sustainability Report

Caring for Our Planet

We started implementing our carbon emissions abatement strategies, analyzing our results and sharing best practices across our global footprint. We based this work on the first global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) footprint we completed in 2021, and we will continue to refine how we capture data to provide a more comprehensive, precise and accurate assessment of our emissions.

Additionally, we believe GPC has a unique opportunity to position ourselves as an industry disruptor. As more electronic vehicles (EVs) hit the road, we aim to become the #1 aftermarket EV supplier for EV owners. We are building an extensive supply chain for EV parts and providing state-of-the-art training to help auto technicians learn how to repair EVs safely and effectively. Our work is just beginning, and we are committed to taking actions that result in tangible, lasting change.

Investing in Social Good

Our teammates are at the heart of what we do, and we strive to create a positive, productive work environment where they feel supported and engaged in their work. As part of our commitment to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), we launched four business resource groups (BRGs) last year to empower teammates to come together with others who share their interests and experiences. This year, we added three additional BRGs to further support teammates who want to enhance and develop their leadership skills and networks.

We are in the process of formalizing our focus areas for community philanthropy and outreach, which we will preview in this year’s report. These focus areas will guide our efforts to strengthen our communities both financially and through volunteer efforts for our teammates.

Ensuring Good Governance

We believe continuous improvement is vital to how we govern our business. As such, in 2022 the board engaged a leading governance advisory firm to assist it with enhancing its effectiveness, with one of the outcomes being the board’s decision to split the Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee into two separate Committees: the Compensation and Human Capital Committee and the Nominating and ESG Committee. Having separate committees will provide enhanced focus and oversight, which will ultimately improve the effectiveness of our board and help drive long-term shareholder value.