Working Mother names food maker one of '100 Best Companies'
Working Mother’s "100 Best Companies" is highlighting a food maker in the region and two companies on the state’s east side that are implementing progressive standards to support women in the corporate arena.
"Best Companies" in Michigan
In the 2014 edition of its “100 Best Companies,” Working Mother magazine in New York recognizes three Michigan companies that are leading the way with their policies and programs for working mothers: Kellogg Company in Battle Creek; Dow Corning, a global silicone supplier in Midland; and Valassis Communications, a media and marketing company in Livonia.
The magazine’s “100 Best Companies” recognizes businesses for their flexibility, advancement programs, benefits, workforce representation and child care options for employees.
John Bryant, chairman and chief executive officer at Kellogg Company, said yesterday that the company encourages flexibility and strives to support busy parents, due to the thousands of mothers and fathers contributing their time and talent to the company.
“It’s important that our workforce reflects the moms and dads we serve, so that we can better understand their needs and deliver foods to nourish their families,” Bryant said.
Each of the Michigan-based companies were recognized for their corporate culture supporting working mothers: full paid maternity leave; management or leadership training; Valassis’ female representation, comprising 52 percent of its workforce; Kellogg’s executive and managerial staff, consisting of 32 percent women; and 58 percent of Dow Corning’s new hires in 2013 being women.
Overall, the “100 Best Companies” selected by Working Mother for 2014 were more likely to promote women into senior management ranks in 2013 and 23 percent of executive hires were female.
The winning companies also offered seven weeks of fully paid maternity leave on average, with five weeks of fully paid adoption leave and three weeks fully paid paternity leave.
Out of the approximately 2.1 million people employed at the “100 Best Companies," roughly 1 million, or 46 percent, were women.
Companies were chosen based on detailed information provided in an annual application outlining more than 450 questions in workplace policy areas: paid time off and leaves; workforce profile; benefits; women’s issues and advancement; flexible work; company culture and work life programs; and many more.
Using a weighted formula, the Working Mother Research Institute ranked companies based on their applications, while emphasizing representation of women, advancement programs and flexibility.
Working Mother Media reaches approximately 2.2 million readers.
The media organization is a part of Bonnier Corporation, which includes the National Association for Female Executives, Diversity Best Practices and the Working Mother Research Institute.
For more than 25 years, the Working Mother Research Institute has aggregated data and information from approximately 15 different industries to create a standard benchmark of programs and business practices that support working mothers and help companies grow.