NEW YORK -- Macy's, Inc. the nation's largest chain of department stores, announced a significant investment in its workers that will expand the breadth and reach of its benefits programs, including launching a tuition benefit program and raising its company-wide minimum rate to $15 per hour.
The Company will also invest to increase compensation and benefits for colleagues across Macy's Inc. This investment is part of the company's ongoing commitment to attract and retain talent critical to its continued growth.
Beginning in February 2022, Macy's will provide a debt-free education benefit program to its colleagues, investing approximately $35 million over the next 4 years. The program will be available for all U.S.-based, regular, salaried and hourly colleagues. It will cover 100% of tuition, books and fees for a wide range of options, including courses for high school completion, college prep, English language learning, associate and bachelor's degrees, bootcamps and professional certificates within Macy's debt-free network. Macy's has partnered with a leading education and upskilling platform, Guild Education, to build the program and help Macy's colleagues gain the skills, knowledge and experience they needed to achieve their professional goals without financial barriers.
"As we continue our transformation to be a digitally led omnichannel retailer, a critical component of our growth includes investing in our talent and enhancing all aspects of their Macy's, Inc. experience with a strong focus on advancement opportunities, culture and engagement. As a company, we re driven by our mission to enable our colleagues' success and be the preferred employer everywhere we do business, with competitive pay and benefits rooted in principles of equity," said Danielle Kirgan, chief transformation and human resources officer at Macy's, Inc. "This program removes a major barrier to accessing education and will help our colleagues to further develop their skills and grow their careers and earning potential."
Macy s employees will see the following benefits:
"At Macy's, Inc., our commitment to culture and employee engagement has never been stronger, and we are energized by a 90% engagement rate in our companywide survey of our more than 100,000-colleague population," said Kirgan. "By investing in our colleagues' education and financial well-being, we're determined to make it possible for them to bring the best of themselves to work every day and to enable them to pursue their own aspirations within and outside of Macy's, Inc."
"We are proud that our workforce reflects the diverse communities we serve and continue to focus on embedding D&I into how we think, act, and operate. Earlier this year, we released our Human Capital Report detailing our work and providing transparency for our shareholders, who are paying increasingly more attention to corporate culture. With these new investments, we are excited to continue building on the strong foundation Macy's, Inc. has built over the years," added Kirgan.