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Food maker ranks among 'Top 50 Companies for Diversity' in US

May 4, 2015
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A food maker with a history of acknowledgments for its diversity and inclusion efforts is considered one of the nation’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity.”

Battle Creek-based Kellogg Company said last month that it was chosen out of more than 1,600 companies for the 16th-annual ranking by Diversity Inc.

It is the lone Michigan company that appears in the ranking.

Companies were selected based on their performance in four key areas: talent pipeline, equitable talent development, CEO and leadership commitment and supplier diversity.

Kellogg’s ranking

This is Kellogg’s fourth year on the ranking and according to Diversity Inc., the company moved up five spots, to the 26th slot, this year, thanks to “strong diversity and inclusion leadership” by its president and CEO John Bryant, who also chairs the company’s Executive Diversity & Inclusion Council.

“The company has strong employee resource groups, including a Multinational Employee Resource Group and the newest group, KVets & Supporters,” Diversity Inc. said.

Bryant noted in Kellogg’s 2013-2014 Diversity and Inclusion report that the company is focused on building a culture that “fosters inclusion, respects ideas and values diversity of thought,” which he said will help carry the company forward as it builds its brands globally.

Employee resource groups

Kellogg received news of the latest recognition just as it welcomed its newest employee resource group, Kapable.

Kapable will focus on nurturing a welcoming and inclusive environment for current and future employees who have disabilities.

Kellogg said many of the employees who are involved in leading the group have had personal experience caring for someone with a disability.

Kellogg noted there are “56 million people currently living with a disability in the United States.”

Kapable is Kellogg's eighth employee resource group, all of which are employee led, voluntary groups that support Kellogg’s efforts to be “a company of choice in the workplace, marketplace and communities we serve.”

The groups help the company "recruit, engage and retain talent" by providing networking, development and opportunities for people to share collective experiences.

Kellogg said the groups also provide “valuable insights to the business in helping to reflect the consumers we serve.”

Other diversity and inclusion programs

Kellogg also recently expanded the scope of its diversity and inclusion efforts to include manufacturing plants.

This includes having dedicated diversity and inclusion councils at its plants, as well as chapters of the employee resource groups.

It has also been improving its cross-cultural mentoring program, with senior leaders serving as mentors.

“Each member of our Global Leadership Team, including me, is mentoring at least one other senior manager of a different gender, race or cultural background,” Bryant explained in Kellogg’s 2013-2014 Diversity and Inclusion report.

Previous HR recognitions

Kellogg has received several HR-related recognitions in either 2013 or 2014: “Top 50 Company for Executive Women,” with a 100-percent score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index; a “Best of the Best: Top Veteran-Friendly Company”; “America’s Best Places for Latinos to Work”; a “Top 50 Best Places to Work" in STEM fields for Native Americans and Alaska Natives; a “Top 50 Employer for Equal Opportunity;” and a REACH Award in business for its K-Pride and Allies employee resources groups. 

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