U.S. Headquarters: Battle Creek, Mich.
Global Employees: 31,000
U.S. Employees: 21,363
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: 49
Why It’s on the List
Kellogg Company received our award last year as the Top Company for Diversity-Management Progress and is on the DiversityInc Top 50 list for the second year in a row. Much of the company’s D&I improvements can be directly attributed to the personal involvement of President and CEO John Bryant, who chairs the Global Diversity Council. He meets with resource groups every quarter and has started to tie executive compensation to D&I metrics and results.
The company’s resource groups made significant progress in 2012. Several events were held, including ones focusing on the difference between mentoring and sponsorship, a personal-finance session, executive-leadership sessions, and an event to stop bullying. The company has seven resource groups, all of which regularly provide insights about product, packaging and marketing decisions. The seventh group, for veterans, was added last year. The groups survey their members each year, and the company’s annual employee survey also is used to measure their success.
The company has a growing mentoring program, including virtual mentoring and programs for new hires. Seventy-five percent of pairings are cross-cultural and mentors and mentees have cultural-awareness training.
President and CEO
“Our goal is to understand our consumers so that Kellogg Company is well positioned to bring our best to them. To do that, we need a diverse organization that reflects our consumers and customers, and an inclusive environment that drives the creation of innovative products in the future.”
Global Head, Diversity & Inclusion
“An inclusive culture and a diverse workforce means lower recruiting and retention costs, better engagement that leads to increased productivity, better thinking that keeps us innovating and on your shopping list, and increased market share by understanding our customers and consumers. It’s Kellogg Company’s competitive advantage.”