At Kellogg, we recently launched a new growth strategy. And while people were always core to our success, we have now specifically called out that People Must Be Our Competitive Advantage. Our company’s ongoing commitment to a diverse and inclusive work environment is inherent to our K Values. Fostering an inclusive culture is an ongoing commitment that leverages the diversity each individual brings to Kellogg.
This year, we’re proud that our Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) efforts and results are again being recognized by DiversityInc, which recently named Kellogg #18 on its list of “Top 50 Companies for Diversity”, advancing ten spots from 2017. We were also recognized by DiversityInc as a Best Company for Veterans and a Best Company for LGBTQ employees.
We have made good progress to integrate and align Diversity & Inclusion across our business, including understanding unconscious bias in the workplace and facilitating discussions to better understand how we can manage it, raising cross-cultural awareness, building a more diverse supply chain via our supplier diversity efforts, and evolving our resource groups to more closely connect with and impact the business.
As I reflect on this recognition, I wanted to share a few highlights from our Business Employee Resource Groups (B/ERG) and Supplier Diversity, two important drivers that contribute to Kellogg’s D&I progress.
Business/Employee Resource Groups
Kellogg’s eight Business/Employee Resource Groups (B/ERG), and nine functional diversity and inclusion councils, are essential drivers of our D&I efforts and continue to provide programming and insights to help drive the growth of our business. Their passion and commitment is inspiring. Below, are just a few highlights of the past year from two of our eight B/ERGs.
Earlier this spring, members of our Women of Kellogg B/ERG and employees from around the globe coordinated International Women’s Day – a day-long celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The event drew employee participation from 19 countries and celebrations in each of the regions where we do business. The team even created a video on the official 2018 theme, Press for Progress.
Our Young Professionals (YP) B/ERG aims to empower Kellogg to collaborate cross-generationally and embrace entrepreneurship. Launching its 2018 National Kick-Off, YP invited RXBAR’s founder, Peter Rahal, to share his story and what he believes makes his company a success. The B/ERG has also partnered with Workplace Solutions and the IT team to test new, collaborative technology. YP continues to provide new opportunities to its membership while being highly engaged in the business. Among its many efforts, YP offers Lunch and Learns, Speed Networking, and volunteer opportunities.
Fostering diversity within our workforce and our supplier base is critical for helping us achieve our vision to, “Enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter.” And just as we expect our workforce to reflect our diverse customers and consumers, 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 $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.
To learn about our Diversity and Inclusion efforts, please visit: www.kelloggdiversityandinclusion.com.