Embracing diversity and inclusion
Every year, in addition to our Corporate Responsibility Report, Kellogg issues Features, our Diversity and Inclusion Report. In it, we highlight the work we are doing in all our regions to build a culture of inclusion. Key contributors to these efforts are the Kellogg colleagues around the world who have joined our Business/Employee Resources Groups.
We’re proud of the recent recognitions we’ve received for our efforts from several well-regarded organizations:
Ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace is the right thing to do for our colleagues and our company. We need a diverse workforce, reflective of our customers, to continue to anticipate their needs and meet their expectations. For this reason, Kellogg is a signatory to the U.N. Women’s Empowerment Principles and has pledged to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace as a member of the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion. As part of our pledge, we’re conducting unconscious bias training with hiring managers across our company. Already, we’ve trained more than 1,500 people to recognize when positive or negative unconscious biases may be influencing our decisions.
Kellogg joined the 2017 global International Women’s Day, “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030,” celebration recognizing the advancement of women’s economic, political and social achievements. To bring the global theme to life within the company, we shared stories of the significant accomplishments of women in our workplace. Externally, we highlighted the significant contributions of women in agriculture who are helping to secure a global food supply and announced our support of 10,000 women farmers around the world. More information on this work in included in the Nurturing our Planet section of this report.
We rely on more than 20,000 suppliers for the ingredients, packaging and services that help us achieve our vision of enriching and delighting the world through foods and brands that matter. And just as we expect our workforce to mirror our diverse customers, we have the same goal for our supplier community. In 2017, we recognized the 20-year anniversary of our comprehensive program to partner with diverse suppliers, spending more than US$435 million in North America, approximately seven percent of our total spend, with diverse, first-tier suppliers. In our other regions, we’re also working to engage more diverse suppliers including those that are owned by aboriginal people; people with disabilities; those in the LGBTQ community; minorities, veterans and women.
We also are working with our suppliers to share our learnings on building a diverse supplier community, encouraging them to do the same across their supply chains. To recognize the supplier with the highest percentage of diversity spending, we created the Sojourner Truth Award in honor of the Battle Creek resident who advocated for the abolition of slavery and women’s rights. Ingredient supplier Mays received the inaugural award in recognition of their successes building a diverse supplier base.
Spirit Day, held each October during National Bullying and Prevention Month, inspires people to send a message of solidarity in support of LGBTQ youth. Because approximately 80 percent of LGBTQ youth are harassed at school and elsewhere, this is an especially important message. In 2017, 11 of our U.S. and KLA brands took a collective stand against bullying on social media. We also held events at our Battle Creek, MI headquarters and our KLA offices in Queretaro, Mexico to raise awareness of this issue. Our characters “spoke out” as well in a highly engaging video that encouraged people to join GLAAD in pledging to stand with LGBTQ youth.
The Kellogg team that led our Spirit Day program received a global W.K. Kellogg Values Award in recognition of how this work reinforced our company’s value of acting with integrity and showing respect.
Meet Meryl Kennedy
Meryl, who grew up on her family’s rice farm in in northeast Louisiana, U.S. is now CEO of Kennedy Rice. Her company, a certified women-owned business, grows rice for Kellogg’s® Special K® cereals in the U.S.