Empower Makers

Empower Makers

Skills for
the Future

Enable 10 million creators and makers to thrive in a changing world.

Industrial and technological innovations are rapidly changing the nature of work and jobs.

Globally 10 million jobs in manufacturing remain unfilled due to gaps in skills. We recognize that our own workers, as well as those in the communities where we live and work, will require education, learning, upskilling and experience to ensure they can thrive in this new context. We are committed to helping employees and people of the world gain the skills and expertise needed to secure jobs and revitalize communities.






Employee Career Mobility

Prepare employees for career mobility relevant for Industry 4.0 by supporting their upskilling and repurposing.


STEAM Education

Enable people to access STEAM education and training to improve livelihoods and help support the workforce of tomorrow.


Vocational and Trade Skills

Help people develop cutting-edge vocational and trade skills.


Makerspace Training

Enrich the education, creativity and hands-on job experience of people through makerspaces around the world.



Since 1843, Stanley Black & Decker has been committed to the communities where we work and live. We proudly carry that legacy forward today, in many locations around the world. We empower our employees to be makers in their own communities, helping to build homes and rebuild after natural disasters. We donate tools and sustain tool-lending programs to respond to emergencies. And we provide volunteer opportunities for our employees to give back to the organizations that matter most to them. View our Philanthropy Report

Innovation Generation

In 2018, we launched Innovation Generation?, bringing the maker movement to classrooms everywhere. Together with Discovery Education, we’re working on developing a new science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) curriculum that will transform student learning by inviting students and educators nationwide to explore numerous disciplines through building, making and doing. As part of the launch, we created a Virtual Field Trip introducing students to our Makerspace – where doing is a way of life! Learn more about Innovation Generation

Innovation Generation – Making an Impact ignites, engages, and empowers makers with digital resources created to cultivate collaboration, problem solving and STEAM skillsets in students through real-world explorations.

Greenlight for Girls

This international organization is dedicated to inspiring girls of all ages and backgrounds to pursue STEAM subjects by introducing them to these skills in fun and exciting ways. Stanley Black & Decker and our Women’s Network chapters are helping g4g put tools and knowledge in the hands of girls, collaborating at a series of fun events in Sevilla, Madrid, Moscow, Bangalore, Brussels, and our Tools & Storage headquarters in Towson, Maryland. The events included workshops on geometry, lasers, mathematics and physics.

Stanley Black & Decker and our Women’s Network chapters are helping g4g put tools and knowledge in the hands of girls.


As a founding sponsor of the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) and the STEMIE Coalition, we were proud to see nearly 500 young inventors from 20 states gather in Dearborn, Michigan, at the Third Annual NICEE event. NICEE provides young minds with a framework from concept to prototype to pitch. The student inventors and problem solvers presented groundbreaking solutions to real-world problems, sharing their ideas on clean energy, healthcare, automation, robotics and more. These innovators represent the top students in K–12, out of nearly 100,000 participating in STEMIE programs across the United States annually. Learn more about NICEE

A huge congratulation to Quinn Holt, a fourth grader from Idaho for winning the Stanley Black & Decker Most Innovative Award.

Stanley Black & Decker Opens Makerspace in Towson

In 2017, we launched our first homegrown makerspace near our Towson, Maryland, corporate campus. The workshop is outfitted with the tools necessary to accelerate prototype development, while giving our employees a space for team building, equipment education, personal project work, hackathons, classes, workshops and more. Employees have gained certifications in milling, routing, plasma cutting, laser engraving and 3D printing. And, we plan to broaden access to the surrounding community. Learn more about our Makerspace

The 4,500-square-foot workshop is dedicated to helping Stanley Black & Decker employees bring innovative new ideas to life.


We are a Global Partner of WorldSkills, helping to inspire thousands of young people from all over the world in skill competitions including carpentry, automobile technology, cabinetmaking, concrete construction work, joinery, landscape gardening, and more. At the same time, we support WorldSkills’ efforts to advance what it means to be a maker by including new cutting-edge skills such as robotics, drone flight and repair, and cybersecurity. At each WorldSkills competition, we help empower more than 1,000 of the best young makers, creators and fixers from more than 70 countries.

WorldSkills is showcasing the value of skills and raising the recognition of skilled professionals worldwide.

Human Rights

In 2018, we implemented our global Human Rights Due Diligence Process embracing ISO26000, the UN Global Compact, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and confirmed that no Human Rights concerns were identified in our assessments.

We completed human rights risk assessments for > 50% of our sites globally and intend to increase this to 70% by the end of 2019. *Out of the assessed sites 44% identified improvement opportunities, and 32% provided mitigation / action plans.

Remedial actions are generally site specific and suitable for local management and implementation. At the corporate level, we selected additional focus areas for global actions on the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

* These percentages are based on an up-scaled sample (√N +1).

Gender Equality, with an external focus on women empowerment through STEAM education.

Decent Work and Economic Growth, related to the well-being of contracted labor, including passport accessibility and adequate accommodation.

Reduced Inequalities, with a focus on LGBTQ+ employees.