Our Values

A Solid Foundation… Forward Thinking for the Future

Many things have changed since Graybar became employee owned in 1929, but one thing remains the same: our values. Throughout the company’s history the core values of Integrity, Employee Ownership, Long-Term View and Customer Focus have been the foundation for our success. These values are not just words, but principles that reflect the company’s rich heritage and influence the way we work every day.


Graybar has earned a reputation as a company with the utmost integrity. We expect all employees to demonstrate high standards of ethics and business conduct and to take responsibility for their actions. At Graybar, we tell the truth, do what’s right and treat others with fairness and respect.

Employee Ownership

Since 1929, Graybar has remained independent and employee-owned. This means the company is owned entirely by Graybar employees and retirees. Because Graybar is our company, each one of us is responsible for making a difference and working toward improving the organization. We win by working together toward common goals and by having a true stake in the performance of the company.

Long-Term View

After 140 years of business, we know a thing or two about building and maintaining a stable company in any economy. Employee-ownership allows us to make decisions that are best for the long-term health of the company. Graybar is in business for the long haul and is dedicated to improving the company for future generations. We do this by investing in our employees, recognizing their achievements, and providing them opportunities to build successful careers.

Customer Focus

Graybar is a service-oriented company and we are committed to satisfying our customers with convenient, reliable, quality service. Our ability to anticipate customer needs and solve their challenges differentiates us from our competitors and keeps our customers coming back.

Graybar's Commitment to Sustainability

Graybar's commitment to sustainability is an expression of our company's core values, particularly our long-term view. We believe that long-term success is more important than short-term gains, this belief influences all aspects of our business. As we strive to keep our company strong and healthy for future generations, we shall also do our part to preserve our environment. Our sustainability commitment encompasses:

  • Responsible stewardship of resources
  • Reducing our impact on the environment
  • Providing sustainable solutions in the marketplace