Home Depot’s Racial and Social Privileges Document Not Used for Required Employee Training


A photo showing a Home Depot brochure on racial and social privileges is circulating on social media implying that it outlines the training required for the company’s employees.

The document, titled “Unboxing Privilege,” defines social and white privilege and gives examples of what different types of privilege look like, including class privilege, able-bodied privilege, and cisgender privilege.

“Home Depot is now #Woke,” read a Facebook post from March 22 who shared a photo of the brochure.

“Welcome to The Home Depot where you can find guilt in every aisle,” read another posted on March 23.

The posts were flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat fake news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Learn more about our partnership with facebook.)

The document is real, and while it may have given users the impression that it represented a company-wide program, that is not the case.

“While we fully support diversity within our company, this material was not created or endorsed by our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion department,” the Home spokeswoman said. Depot, Margaret Smith, to PolitiFact in an email. “This was a resource in our Canadian division and was not part of any required programming.”

When asked how the document was used by Home Depot Canada, Mr. Smith replied that employees were not required to review the pamphlet or take the training associated with it.

The material was made available as a resource on an internal company platform, she said. To access the record, Home Depot employees should do so using the company intranet.

Our decision

A Home Depot document on racial and social privileges is shared online with the interpretation that it represents required training for company employees.

The document is real, but it is not used in any company-wide training and employees are not required to view it. It was created by The Home Depot Canadian Division as an internal online resource and was not developed or endorsed by corporate headquarters.

While the brochure is legit, social media posts about it omit important details about its reach that give a different impression. We rate the statement half true.


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