Great Place to Work® and Fortune Name The Container Store Among Best Workplaces for Women and Diversity

Retailer Launches New Videos on Culture Blog To Underscore Unique
Business Principles

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Container Store (NYSE:TCS) is honored to announce that Great Place
to Work® and Fortune have recognized the retailer as
one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women and 50 Best Workplaces for
Diversity. Both recognitions are based on evaluations from more than
100,000 employees from more than 600 different companies with published
Great Place to Work® Reviews.

From the 637 companies studied to determine the 100
Best Workplaces for Women
, researchers’ analysis of women and men’s
results show that honorees, including The Container Store, create a more
consistent and inclusive environment for both genders across a range of
day-to-day trust-building behaviors, including employees’ access to
special recognition, fair treatment regardless of role, and management’s
approachability.

“When it comes to hiring, our ultimate goal is to find GREAT people. The
first place we look is among our own customers – the majority of whom
are women,” said Kip Tindell, Chairman & CEO of The Container Store.
“We’re proud that our employee base is 65% female and 13 of our top 20
management positions are also held by women.”

Additionally, The Container Store has been named to the list of 50
Top Workplaces for Diversity
. The list includes companies that have
made diversity a top priority and surveyed more than 128,000 women and
69,000 minority employees. The survey gauged everything from how
well-represented women and minorities are within the workforce,
management and executive positions to how positively they experience
their workplace.

In conjunction with these two workplace honors, The Container Store has
launched a series of seven, 90-second videos on their culture blog – WhatWeStandFor.com
– highlighting each of the retailer’s Foundation Principles.
These principles are the retailer’s basic and fundamental business
philosophies about treating employees, customers, vendors, shareholders
and the community with respect and dignity. To learn more about their
Foundation Principles, visit WhatWeStandFor.com
or view each of the seven video links below:

About The Container Store

The Container Store (NYSE: TCS) is the nation’s leading retailer of
storage and organization products and the only retailer solely devoted
to the category. The company originated the concept of storage and
organization of retailing when it opened its first store in 1978. Today,
the retailer has 76 store locations nationwide that each average 25,000
square feet. The Container Store has over 10,000 products – many of them
multifunctional – to help customers save space and, ultimately, save
them time. As the pace of modern life accelerates, being organized is
not a luxury but a necessity. The Container Store is devoted to making
customers more productive, relaxed and happier by selling customized
organization solutions such as custom closets using its new TCS
Closets
™ collection and its elfa shelving and drawer system. Since
its inception, the retailer has nurtured an employee-first culture and
couples its one-of-a-kind product collection with a high level of
customer service delivered by its highly trained organization experts.
The Company has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies To
Work For® 16 years in a row. Visit www.containerstore.com
for more information about store locations, the product collection and
services offered – including the retailer’s new, personalized in-home
organization service Contained Home – and to sign up for the POP!
Perfectly Organized Perks program
. Discover The Container Store’s
storage and organization solutions at work in real spaces of its
customers’ and employees’ homes along with tips, advice and product
sneak peeks at the retailer’s new lifestyle blog, Container Stories (containerstore.com/blog).
To find out more about The Container Store’s unique culture, Foundation
Principles and devotion to Conscious Capitalism, visit the retailer’s
culture blog at www.whatwestandfor.com
or read Chairman & CEO Kip Tindell’s book UNCONTAINABLE: How Passion,
Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone
Thrives (available at The Container Store, www.uncontainable.com
and anywhere books are sold).

About The 100 Best Workplaces for Women 2015

The 100 Best Workplaces for Women is a “best of the best” ranking. The
winners come from a universe of approximately 650 companies with
published Great Place to Work® Reviews, meaning they are serious about
creating a great workplace and comfortable with transparency.

To create this list, Great Place to Work® surveyed 135,689 women at 637
companies, who answered a detailed questionnaire considering everything
from the fairness of their company’s promotions, to who has access to
information and leadership, the level of support for employees’ personal
lives, and the degree of inclusiveness and connection they feel with
colleagues. Women answered 58 questions in total, including an overall
assessment of whether the company is a great place to work.

These survey results have a high degree of reliability in accurately
reflecting employees’ experiences: In statistical terms, women’s survey
results all meet a 95 percent confidence level and a margin of error of
6.5 percent or less.

The survey results are the biggest reason companies appear on this
ranking, since two-thirds of each company’s score is based on women’s
reports. The remaining third takes into account how well-represented
women are within the workforce overall and in management and executive
positions. We also gave higher scores to companies who achieved the
highest level of parity between men and women in their organization –
meaning, companies where not only the most women reported the
company performed well on an index of fairness-related questions, but
also those where just as many women had that experience as men.

About The Best Workplaces for Diversity 2015

The 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity is a “best of the best” ranking.
The winners come from a universe of approximately 630 companies with
published Great Place to Work® Reviews, meaning they are serious about
creating a great workplace and comfortable with transparency. Companies
needed to have at least 30 employees with at least 15% women and 15%
racial/ethnical minorities in order to be considered for the list.

To determine the winners, Great Place to Work® surveyed 128,000 women
and over 69,000 minorities at 630 companies who answered a detailed
questionnaire considering everything from how comfortable they are being
themselves; the degree of favoritism or insider politics they observe in
the workplace; the fairness of promotions; the feeling of honest
connection with coworkers; their access to senior leadership; and who
receives information and professional development and who doesn’t.
Employees answered 58 questions in total, including an overall
assessment of whether the company is a great place to work.

Survey results have a high degree of reliability in accurately
reflecting employees’ experiences: In statistical terms, women’s and
minorities’ survey results both meet a 95 percent confidence level and a
margin of error of 6.5 percent or less.

These survey results are the biggest reason companies appear on this
ranking, since two-thirds of each company’s score is based on women’s
and minorities’ reports. The remaining third of each company’s score
takes into account how well-represented women and minorities are within
the workforce, management and executive positions; how positively they
experience their workplace on an index of factors where women and
minorities tend to have a less positive experience than their
colleagues; and how favorably women and minorities’ experiences compared
to the 139,000 men and 184,000 Caucasians also surveyed.

Contacts

The Container Store
Casey Shilling, 972-538-6621
or
Nina
Smith, 972-538-6679
publicrelations@containerstore.com

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