At Lowe's, we take great pride in a culture built on more than 60 years of exceptional customer service. While we have grown from a small-town hardware store to a FORTUNE® 50 company, the commitment to our customers has not changed since our founding in 1946. As Lowe's continues to enter new markets, we are working harder than ever to preserve and enhance our customer-focused culture.
It is a culture shaped by more than 234,000 men and women who work for Lowe's. They are the foundation that unites us and drives our success, providing the competitive advantage that sets Lowe's apart from other retailers. At the same time, our employees' commitment to our purpose and values is what connects them with generations of Lowe's employees.
We are dedicated to clearly communicating our purpose and values to ensure employees consistently maintain high standards and exceed customers' expectations in more than 1,750 Lowe's stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Employees who embody Lowe's Purpose and Values are regularly featured in internal communications, and our top regional and divisional customer-focused stores are honored each year.
We are able to do what's right for our customers and our communities by doing what's right for our employees. In our workplaces, we strive to treat employees with respect and support, while maintaining a safe work environment, comprehensive benefits and opportunities for career development and community engagement.