This excerpt taken from the GWW DEF 14A filed Mar 13, 2009.
As of the close of 2008, all officers subject to stock ownership guidelines, including the NEOs, are in compliance with the guidelines.
In 1996, the Company established stock ownership guidelines for its NEOs and other officers. The Company continues to believe that requiring executive ownership of Company stock creates alignment between executives and shareholders and encourages executives to act to increase shareholder value. The stock ownership guidelines for the NEOs are established based upon their respective positions within the Company and are as follows:
These ownership guidelines must be met within three years of being elected an officer and are reviewed annually by the Board. Officers who fail to achieve these ownership levels will not be eligible to receive any stock-based awards until they achieve their required ownership levels. Shares owned directly by the officer (including those held as a joint tenant or as tenant in common), restricted stock or RSUs, shares underlying performance share awards once the number of shares is fixed, shares owned in a self-directed IRA, and certain shares owned or held for the benefit of a spouse or minor children are counted toward meeting the guidelines. Options and shares underlying performance share awards before the number of shares is fixed are not counted toward meeting the ownership guidelines. The Company's Business Conduct Guidelines (which are available in the Corporate Governance section of Grainger's Web site at www.grainger.com/investor) forbid employees from hedging stock ownership.