Stewards of Life Out Here: Community

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2021 Sustainability Report

Northampton, MA --News Direct-- Tractor Supply

Whatever it Takes

At Tractor Supply, our culture encourages our Team Members to go above and beyond to make a real difference with their customers and their local communities. After all, we share more than the love of the rural lifestyle. We share the desire to preserve it and see it thrive.

In 2021, we gave over $14 million to community organizations through direct giving, sponsorships, fundraisers and more. Each year we strive to do more and increase our giving to support organizations both now and in the future.

Our vision of Stewardship inspires us to find more ways to serve our communities and support programs that strengthen them.

$2.8 million+ raised by customers and Team Members for 4-H and FFA

$1.9 million+ in product, including pet foods and supplies donated

$570,000+ donated to DE&I causes

Investing in Local Communities

Our corporate giving and Foundation continue to focus our community giving efforts on causes that are important to our Team Members and customers: Agriculture, Pets and Animals, Community and Veterans Causes.

AgricultureWe started our company to help serve people who live the rural lifestyles. We continue to serve the agriculture community by not only providing farming tools and equipment at everyday low prices, but also by supporting nonprofit organizations that promote the agriculture and farming lifestyle.

In 2021, Tractor Supply announced that we will be joining more than 200 of the best minds in food, agriculture, science and technology as part of U.S. Farmers and Ranchers in Action (USFRA). USFRA is working to elevate food and agriculture as the primary solution for sustainability – positioning farmers and ranchers as key change agents in this important work. Tractor Supply is pleased to endorse USFRA’s Decade of Ag Vision, to create a more resilient, restorative, economically viable and climate-smart agricultural system that produces abundant and nutritious food, natural fiber and clean energy for a sustainable and vibrant future across the United States.

Pets and AnimalsPets and animals have always been near and dear to our heart—and our customers’ hearts. In fact, the Pet and Animal Division of Tractor Supply has grown to be the largest part of our business. So, it's only natural that we would also support programs that promote livestock exhibits, pet shelters, pet adoptions, horse farms and more

CommunityAt Tractor Supply, something you’ll hear a lot is, “whatever it takes.” Our culture encourages our Team Members to go above and beyond to make a real difference with their customers and their local communities.

We support numerous causes and local organizations that strengthen the communities we call home. For example, we support state and county fairs across the country and cherish the opportunity to spend time with our neighbors, while celebrating the agriculture lifestyle. We also empower our over 2,000 stores to identify organizations in their communities that need some help by providing charitable funds for stores to donate each year.

Veterans CausesRecognizing that many of our customers and Team Members are veterans or active-duty military, we strive to show our support and gratitude through a variety of initiatives and in-store events. For example, since 2018 we have partnered with the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) to help military veteran farmers grow their agriculture businesses. In 2021, Tractor Supply donated funds to FVC, including awarding gift cards to 50 military veterans nationwide to support their agriculture businesses and a grant from the Tractor Supply Company Foundation to support additional programming and grants. We also offer an in-store military discount of 15% twice a year to recognize military customers, veterans and their dependents. Through the Tractor Supply Company Foundation and our Veterans Team Member Engagement Group, we also support Operation Stand Down Tennessee an organization that provides and connects veterans and their families with comprehensive resources focused on transition, employment, housing, benefits, peer engagement, volunteerism and connection to the community.

Team Member Volunteerism

Team Members across the company have a heart for service and give hundreds of hours of their time to their individual communities each year through farmers markets, 4-H, FFA and other local events and community projects. The Neighbors Helping Neighbors Volunteer Program allows Team Members at the Store Support Center to take up to eight hours of paid time off each year for volunteering. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, many events were canceled or postponed, greatly reducing volunteer opportunities for our Team Members. Even still, Tractor Supply Team Members spent over 107,000 hours impacting their community.

On MLK Day in 2021, Tractor Supply encouraged Team Members to get out and volunteer to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In the fall of 2021, with the financial support of the Tractor Supply Foundation, Team Members refreshed the lobby and training room at Saddle Up!, a Middle Tennessee nonprofit whose mission is to impact the lives of children and young adults with disabilities, over a two-day period. Volunteer tasks included painting, new signage, adding electronic boards, sanding and repainting rocking chairs, assembling furniture, cleaning and more.

Tractor Supply Company Foundation

The Tractor Supply Company Foundation is committed to fostering and supporting vibrant rural communities now and for the future of Life Out Here. Participating in charitable activities is core to upholding this commitment, from being a national sponsor of the National FFA Organization to sponsoring a pet food drive for a local animal shelter.

We founded the Tractor Supply Company Foundation in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic. Over the past two years, the Foundation has donated more than $1.8 million to organizations furthering our vision and established a strong reserve fund to continue impacting communities for years to come.

Foundation Mission

The Tractor Supply Company Foundation is committed to supporting vibrant rural communities for all by investing in the future of the Out Here Lifestyle through today’s youth, helping close the rural digital divide and being a good neighbor in the communities we call home.

Foundation Vision

Foster and support vibrant rural communities, now and for the future of Life Out Here.

Our priority areas are:

  • Agriculture education initiatives for youth through FFA and 4-H

  • Caring for pets and animals for our lives and livelihoods

  • Broadband connectivity of rural America

  • Preserving land for future generations

  • Being a good neighbor in the places we call home

View the full 2021 Sustainability Report here.

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