The 2014 DiversityInc Top 50 Announcement Event
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Kraft Foods: No. 18 in the DiversityInc Top 50

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Company Information

U.S. Headquarters: Northfield, Ill.
Global Employees: 133,000
U.S. Employees: 40,027
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: 7

Why It’s on the List


In its last year competing as one entity (Kraft Foods became Mondelēz International after spinning off its North American grocery business, now known as Kraft Foods Group, last October), Kraft continued to exhibit a strong commitment to D&I.

The company has had a strong focus on talent development of people from underrepresented groups, including its innovative JumpStart program, which was presented at a DiversityInc Innovation Fest! The program helped new managers with leadership training and better understanding of the corporate culture.

Kraft had a well-developed mentoring program, with 70 percent of pairings cross-cultural. Mentors received cultural-awareness training, and the company also promoted sponsorship, especially for people from underrepresented groups.

The company had 10 resource groups, all of which had to demonstrate their relevance to business goals before being approved as company-sponsored groups. The groups were involved in talent development, recruitment, community outreach and diversity training, serving as facilitators for The Power of Difference training offered to all new employees.

The groups’ success was measured through their ability to contribute to increased referral and hiring rates of talent, retention of talent, and promotion rates.

Other DiversityInc Lists

  • No. 7 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Recruitment & Retention
  • No. 10 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Executive Women

Diversity Leadership

Tony Vernon
CEO, Kraft Foods Group

“We’re proud to be included in the DiversityInc Top 50 ranking this year. As we build the new Kraft, it’s important that we have an inclusive environment that fosters collaboration and inspires innovation. Our strength is in our people, and we are strongest when we have a diverse workforce that reflects our communities.”

James E. Norman
Vice President, Diversity and Community Involvement, Kraft Foods Group

“Diversity is much more than race and gender. It’s about experiences, perspectives and backgrounds that are diverse.  It is important to have the faces of our diverse consumers represented at all levels of our organization to unlock the unique insights that help us deliver outstanding business performance.”