Dwell with Dignity, an organization we have been supporting for the past two years, was just featured on the Nate Berkus show! Based in Dallas, Dwell with Dignity is a nonprofit organization that brings good design to those less fortunate; inspiring them to maintain a standard of living they can be proud of and thrive in. Interfaith Housing Coalition provided a mother and son struggling with homelessness in Dallas with an apartment to live in for a year while they get back on their feet. Dwell with Dignity, Nate Berkus and The Container Store partnered together to surprise this very deserving family by furnishing and decorating the entire apartment for free. As they designed, painted and upholstered; employees from our Home Office and Dallas Northwest Hwy store organized! We installed two closets with elfa Shelving and outfitted the kitchen, bathroom and office space with other great products. We are so honored to be part of this amazing transformation! Check out the video to see how touched and excited the family was when they saw their new living space.
Nate Berkus and Dwell with Dignity
- Our Story
- Putting Our Employees First
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- Our Commitment to the Environment
Hello! Since our doors opened in 1978, we’ve been a company full of heart and soul with what I like to call our “yummy” culture. We put our employees first and strive for excellence in everything we do. We want to be special, different, and to offer a retail experience unlike any other. Our blog is a place to celebrate our employees, our culture, our customers, our vendors and our commitment to our communities. So thank you for visiting, for sharing your thoughts and for being an even bigger part of what we stand for – organization with heart!
— Kip Tindell, Chairman and CEO
On July 1, 1978, The Container Store opened its doors in a 1,600 square foot retail space in Dallas. The first store was filled with products that consumers couldn't find in any other retail environment. They were things like commercial parts bins, mailboxes, popcorn tins, burger baskets, milk crates and wire leaf burners. The product collection was quite unusual, but when used in a home or office, the solutions saved customers space and, ultimately, time.
Putting Our Employees First
At The Container Store, we firmly believe our employee is our #1 stakeholder. In doing so, employees take better care of customers and ultimately the shareholders benefit. It's a departure from what most other companies practice, yet it's been at the heart of our success since 1978.
Our Foundation Principles
Not only was The Container Store built on great products, but it was structured around some fundamental values and philosophies about treating employees, customers and vendors with respect and dignity - we call them our Foundation Principles™. By understanding these principles, we can all act as a unit, working toward the same goal. Retail is far, far too situational to attempt to achieve a concerted effort through inflexible rules and policies.
Committed to Our Communities
Since we opened our first store in 1978, we have proudly supported our stores' local communities. From product donations to employee volunteer time, we know the importance of being a good corporate neighbor. Today, The Container Store continues to give back to the community with a focus on supporting nonprofits that promote women's and children's well-being and health.
Our Vendor Partnerships
These partnerships are key to our commitment to providing our customers the most innovative, high quality, differentiated products in the industry coupled with the utmost in customer service. And they have been especially important as we navigate this challenging economic time.
Our Commitment to the Environment
We believe that there is no conflict between economic prosperity and environmental stewardship and, in fact, that the two are mutually dependent upon each other. Like many other companies, we embrace sustainability as a key to our economic future and feel businesses that do this will have a better relationship with all of their stakeholders and ultimately, be able to offer the best quality products at the lowest possible prices.
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