Dollar General Corporation | Workplace Health and Safety Audit at Dollar General Corporation

67.70% votes in favour
AGM date
Previous AGM date
Proposal number
Resolution details
Company ticker
Resolution ask
Report on or disclose
ESG theme
  • Social
ESG sub-theme
  • Decent work
Type of vote
Shareholder proposal
Filer type
Company sector
Consumer Discretionary
Company HQ country
United States
Resolved clause
RESOLVED: Shareholders of Dollar General request that the Board of Directors commission an independent third-party audit on the impact of the company’s policies and practices on the safety and well-being of workers. A report on the audit, prepared at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information, should be made available on the company's website.
Whereas clause
WHEREAS: Dollar General operates more than 18,000 stores in 47 states and employs over 140,000 people,[1] providing access to affordable products in rural and remote areas across the United States.
Since 2017, Dollar General has received $12.3 million in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) penalties for numerous willful, repeated, and serious workplace safety violations.[2] OSHA designated Dollar General as a “severe violator” in 2022, issuing citations for blocked safety exits and unsafe storage areas, inaccessible fire extinguishers, storage of boxes in front of electrical panels, exposure of workers to electrocution risks, and failure to provide exit signs and required stair handrails.[3] Regulators and employment experts state that the company “choos[es] to place  profits over their employees’ safety and well-being”[4] and that its business model leads to disregarding the law and “cutting corners when it comes to basic worker safety.”[5]
As supply chain disruptions, increasing freight costs, and shipping delays impact dollar stores nationwide, it is not evident that there are adequate systems in place to address these dynamics and mitigate potential impacts on workers. Staffing levels appear to be insufficient to manage the workload, especially as it relates to unpredictable shipments and influxes of inventory, which may lead to blocked exits or increased fire hazards.[6] Staffing shortages and high turnover contribute to fatigue, high workload, and further exacerbate safety issues. This may also contribute to loss of new store development opportunities or poor worker retention.[7] In the midst of high economic inequality, Dollar General employees are among the most vulnerable workers, with 92 percent of Dollar General’s hourly workers making less than $15 per hour.  While the company states it engages employees through town hall meetings, DG voice, and “pulse” surveys to understand employee sentiment,[8] there is no disclosure on how this feedback informs actions to address workers’ concerns and priorities.
Understaffing and poor security measures at Dollar General stores may also contribute to increased risk of gun violence to staff and communities. Dollar stores have become vulnerable targets for robberies, causing employees to lose their lives, according to past reports.[9]
Supporting statement
SUPPORTING STATEMENT: At company discretion, the proponents recommend that an audit include:
Evaluation of management and business practices that contribute to an unsafe or violent environment, including staffing capacity;Meaningful consultation with workers and customers to inform appropriate solutions; andRecommendations for actions and regular reporting with progress on identified actions. [1]
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