Couche-Tard: Best Convenience Store Diversity & Inclusion Employer Global 2022


Since opening its first store in Quebec in 1980, Alimentation Couche-Tard (ACT) has evolved into a global convenience leader with nearly 14,300 stores and 122,000 employees across 24 countries and territories. It has fueled global expansion by focusing on the values it lives by, which have shaped a unique culture rooted in collaboration, integrity, responsibility and innovation.

The company counts its people as its greatest asset and prioritises their personal well-being and professional growth through a number of diversity, equity and inclusion programmes. This year, ACT launched its seventh, and newest global business resource group, BRAVE, to support its military veterans and their families. BRAVE is building a recruiting platform for veterans to make it easier for them to join the ACT team and help make the transition from military to corporate life. ACT’s diversity and inclusion work began with a focus on gender diversity and has made true progress including reaching its representation goals for women on the board of directors and in executive management. It is now focusing on increasing the number of women in mid and senior-level management.
ACT also seeks to increase racial and ethnic diversity across the business through programmes dedicated to recruiting and developing Hispanic and Black talent. In the 2022 financial year, ACT inaugurated a formal mentorship programme as well as many internal and external educational opportunities to create better pipelines for advancements. It is proud to have a diverse entry-level workforce and is working to advance equitable representation, opportunities and pay across all parts of the company.

The judging panel points to ACT’s strategic sustainability focus on people, planet and prosperity as the cinching factor in winning the 2022 global award for Best Convenience Store Diversity & Inclusion Employer.