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Empower Makers

We work to help creators and makers thrive, even as the pace of change and digital transformation accelerates and the nature of jobs and work itself rapidly evolves.

This means helping our employees and the people of the world, particularly youth, master the skills and expertise needed to secure productive jobs and revitalize communities, now and well into the future.

We invest in and foster a highly engaged workforce, in a collaborative and connected workplace where our people feel heard, valued and positioned to do their best work every day. We also support our people as their workplace and tasks evolve. In our manufacturing sector, we see Industry 4.0 as an opportunity to reskill and/or upskill our people so they can thrive through change.

2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Quality education and retraining give people the right tools to make an impact, empowering individuals to find valuable work in skilled professions and supporting more equitable economic growth for their communities.

Our 2030 Goal for Empowering Makers

Empower 10 Million Makers and Creators by 2030

Actions to 2030 Goal

Employee Career Mobility
Prepare employees for upskilling and repurposing relevant to Industry 4.0.

STEAM Education
Enable young people to access STEAM education and training to improve livelihoods and help support the workforce of tomorrow.

Vocational and Trade Skills
Help people develop cutting-edge vocational and trade skills.

Makerspace Training
Enrich the education, creativity and hands-on job experience of people through makerspaces around the world.

Maker Month

Our second annual Maker Month, held in October, engaged the next generation of makers and builders (including our own employees) to participate in activities that spark their curiosity, facilitate learning and provide opportunities for growth. On October 4—National Manufacturing Day—we opened our doors to the next generation of manufacturers, highlighting the career options available in our industry. More than 2,000 students and community members toured our sites in more than 15 countries. We also partnered with Discovery Education and engaged in a month-long experience for students and teachers emphasizing the power of making. This included weekly “Maker Challenges” hosted by our Stanley Black & Decker Makerspace. Anyone who completed our challenges had a chance to win a prize pack full of tools and products. As part of the festivities, we hosted our second Global Maker Day, connecting more than 1,000 educators in 40 countries virtually to demonstrations and live competitions.

STEAM Strategy

Investing in STEAM education now is crucial to building a skilled workforce. So we are partnering with organizations that can enrich the learning, creativity and hands-on experience of curious and inventive young people in their efforts to bring better solutions to light.

Discovery Education

Innovation Generation,TM a collaboration with Discovery Education, brought the maker movement to classrooms, inviting students and educators to explore numerous disciplines through building, making and doing. Our Innovation Generation contest awarded two schools, St. Mary’s School in Bellevue, Nebraska, and the William Davies Middle School in Mays Landing, New Jersey, with $25,000 per school towards a new Makerspace to empower the next generation of innovators.

The Making for Good Challenge was launched in September 2019. Following a six-step engineering design process, teams of school students are challenged to develop a unique solution to an environmental or societal problem, and to submit 60–90 second videos to show how they achieved this. The grand-prize-winning team will receive a total of $15,000 and an exclusive Stanley Black & Decker virtual mentorship, with second and third places receiving $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. Winners will be announced in Spring 2020.

Green Light for Girls—g4g

This international organization inspires thousands of girls of all ages and backgrounds to pursue STEAM subjects—science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Its programs introduce the world of science in fun and exciting ways. Stanley Black & Decker, including our Women’s Network employee resource group, have helped g4g put tools and knowledge in the hands of girls, collaborating at a series of educational events at locations in Belgium (Brussels and Tessenderlo), the UK (Spennymoor and Silverstone), the US (New Britain and Towson), Russia (Moscow), Italy (Monvalle), France (Paris, Dardilly, Damparis), Sweden (Gothenberg), Germany (Idstein), India (Pune, Bangalore), Spain (Madrid, Seville, Barcelona) and Poland (Krakow). Workshop topics covered geometry, physics, robotics, DNA, coding and use of our tools.

Skills Strategy

For the makers of the world, we continue to pursue unique opportunities to improve and promote the skills and the tools to build the future. This includes being a global partner of WorldSkills, helping to inspire thousands of young people from all over the world in lively, practical skill competitions.

WorldSkills Kazan 2019

The 45th Annual WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia, brought together competitors from 63 countries to compete in more than 50 skills including carpentry, mechatronics, plumbing and heating, aircraft maintenance and industrial control. More than 1,350 contestants demonstrated their skills and will to win to more than 270,000 visitors from across Russia and the world. Stanley Black & Decker provided tools for 24 of these skill competitions, and our three “Try-A-Skill Zones” (Woodworking, Concrete and Landscaping) drew 40,000 hands-on participants.

Our team leveraged our relationship with WorldSkills and co-sponsors on many levels, setting us up for continued optimization and growth of this partnership in the areas of corporate social responsibility, Industry 4.0 leadership, commerce, marketing and government relations. The next competition will take place in Shanghai, China, in 2021.

Women’s Masters of Turkey

We support a unique program in Turkey designed to help women qualify for work traditionally done by men. Women’s Masters of Turkey, inaugurated in 2019, is training women of all ages in 44 different trades categories. The program has established a mobile app,, that connects women masters and those who are in need of skilled tradespeople. The program partners with the Ministry of Education in order to train women in vocational high schools across Turkey. Funding comes solely from prominent private companies, Stanley Black & Decker is the only tool company involved. We also provide hand and power tool training to participants, and our mobile demonstration vans provide additional opportunities to experience our tools in action. We anticipate that this program will contribute to upskilling 25,000 women in trade skills in Turkey.

Empowering Our People

We invest in and foster a highly engaged workforce, in a collaborative and connected workplace in which our people feel heard, valued and positioned to do their best work every day. We also support our people as their workplace and tasks evolve. In our manufacturing sector, we see Industry 4.0 as an opportunity to provide manufacturing workers with cleaner, more automated, and safer jobs. To do so, we are looking to reskill and/or upskill our people so they can thrive through this era of rapid technological revolution.

A Talent Model to Enable Innovation

Our talent strategy is built around leveraging our scale and investing in a high performance culture for the 60,000 people of Stanley Black & Decker. We know the 2020s demand new types of skills and thinking, which means both new people and re-skilling and upskilling. With people and technology integrated at the core of our operating model, continual learning—both personalized and at scale, tech-enabled, best-practice driven—is a given.

We curate and create best-in-class content, partnering with universities, using video capture and leveraging an AI-based platform. This ecosystem-based approach to learning is developed centrally but deployed locally. And we empower our makers. Each person has a journey that he or she helps to map. This meaningful, empowering model encompasses our entire workforce, from the shop floor to the executive suite.

Community Ambassador Program

Community Ambassadors are site-based leaders and primary points of contact for Stanley Black & Decker’s corporate social responsibility and government relations work at their respective facilities/locations. This includes helping create more opportunities for employees to contribute their time and talents to such efforts, and for developing upskilling partnerships in the local community.

Sheffield Apprenticeship: Skilling Up for the Factory of the Future

Recognizing a skills gap in engineering and technical support, the UK government reinstituted programs to encourage apprenticeships like those that existed prior to 1970. Our UK apprentices are perfectly placed to draw on the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), a world-leading research and innovation organization, whose 125-plus partners include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, McLaren and Airbus. With the support of industry, the university and the AMRC, we have developed a flexible portfolio of high quality apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships that enable our people to earn as they learn, gaining nationally recognized qualifications to graduate level without the debt associated with conventional higher education.

Human Rights

Early in 2018, we launched a global Human Rights Roadmap due diligence process involving on-site risk assessments and verification of standards in keeping with the requirements of ISO 26000, the UN Global Compact, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The assessment scope includes both vulnerable groups and risk situations and had been applied to more than 50 percent of our sites by the end of 2018, and more than 60 percent in 2019. We tracked and confirmed that no Human Rights concerns were identified in our assessments.

In 2019, we also achieved a perfect score of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and were named as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality. Compiled by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the CEI is the United States’ top benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. We made significant progress in this space with the support of our LGBTQ+ focused employee resource group, Pride & Allies, and their partnership with Out & Equal.

In addition, the company is a member of CEOs for Diversity and has signed on to the Paradigm for Parity, a coalition comprised of business leaders, board members and academics committed to addressing the corporate leadership gender gap.