Container Store marks Valentine’s Day with employee fund launch

The Container Store is marking Valentine’s Day with the launch of its Employee First Fund — an employee assistance fund that will provide grants to employees experiencing unforeseen emergencies, a major medical situation, a catastrophic event or other challenges in life that they are not financially prepared to handle.

The Container Store is contributing $100,000 to kick off the fund, and after that, employees and other stakeholders have the opportunity to make donations. The fund is part of the retailer’s annual National We Love Our Employees Day, a day it created five years ago.

“We’re so thrilled to launch our Employee First Fund, which exists to support our company’s commitment to an employee-first culture, ensuring all employees feel well taken care of, safe, secure and warm,” said chairman and CEO Kip Tindell. “It’s a culture that’s driven by our seven Foundation Principles and results in an environment where the lives of everyone connected to our business are enriched and brimming with opportunity — where everyone can thrive — starting with our employees first!”

Tindell, along with president and COO Melissa Reiff and chief merchandising officer Sharon Tindell, announced the news of the Employee First Fund via a video message that was played for all employees and is posted on the company’s blog (whatwestandfor.com) and the company’s YouTube channel.

Employees at the retailer’s 63 stores, office and distribution center also celebrated National We Love Our Employees Day with in-store signage and treats served by the company’s management teams. Each of The Container Store’s 5,000 employees also received a commemorative Employee First Fund shirt along with a letter from the Tindells and Reiff.