Food maker ranks among ‘best’ for working mothers


Kellogg Company’s product portfolio includes its To Go breakfast shakes. Photo via

A food maker in the region is considered one of the “100 Best Companies” in the U.S. for working mothers.

The 2015 “Working Mother 100 Best Companies” ranking, an initiative of the Working Mother Research Institute, was released this month and recognizes Battle Creek-based Kellogg Company for the fifth time as one of the leading businesses in terms of programs that support working mothers and parents.

The ranking

The “Working Mother 100 Best Companies” has recognized the work-life practices at businesses throughout the U.S. for 30 years.

The Working Mother Research Institute aggregates data to reveal how the “100 Best Companies” are leading the country in terms of representation, benefits, advancement, child care, parental leave and company culture.

The ranking is also used to create a benchmark of "progressive" policies and programs and raise awareness of issues working mothers and all employees face in the workplace.

Women at Kellogg

Working Mother says that at Kellogg, “it’s especially heartening to encounter high-ranking leaders like Wendy Davidson, who in addition to raising two children, serves as the president of Kellogg Specialty Channels.”

As part of Kellogg’s diversity and inclusion initiative, the company has seven Employee Resource Groups, including Women of Kellogg, which offer employees support, networking and development opportunities.

The company also has a Women in Supply Chain council working to broaden the influence of women in manufacturing, distribution and support service roles.

Kellogg said that its employee benefits also include “flextime and community” and “commuter and location-free.”

Mark King, global head of Diversity and Inclusion at Kellogg, said with the number of dual-income families on the rise, having the time and flexibility to meet responsibilities at work and home is critical to success.

“We are proud to be among Working Mother’s best companies, and we also recognize there are opportunities to improve,” King said. “Benefits such as parental leave and health and wellness programs complemented by our programs to develop, retain and advance talent are what give us a competitive advantage.”

National findings

The 2015 “Working Mother 100 Best Companies” overall offer more parental support, advancement, flexibility, work-life balance and wellness benefits compared to the national average, which is based on the 2015 Society for Human Resource Management members’ benefits survey.

Roughly 96 percent of the “100 Best Companies” offer child care resources and referral services, compared to an average of nine percent of businesses in the nation.

All of the “100 Best Companies” offer flextime, telecommuting and fully paid maternity leave and roughly 98 percent provide professional development opportunities and on-site stress-reduction programs.

Other Michigan companies

The 2015 “Working Mother 100 Best Companies” ranking also recognizes two other Michigan-based businesses: The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, for the third time, and Dow Corning in Midland, again for its "progressive" workplace programs.

Johanna Soderstrom, corporate VP of Human Resources and Aviation at Dow Chemical, said the company remains committed to a workplace valuing diversity and inclusion, and working mothers are a critical part of the equation.

“Our culture at Dow is defined by respect for all employees, and Dow is proud to be recognized as a company that advances policies to enable all employees to reach their fullest potential,” Soderstrom said.

Liz Stokes, director of human resources at Dow Corning, said the company is honored to be recognized for its commitment and understands the importance of providing programs helping employees maintain a healthy, well-balanced work-life style.

“We work hard to understand what employees need, so we can provide flexible solutions that enable everyone to do and feel their best,” Stokes said. 

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