Kellogg releases diversity and inclusion report


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Kellogg Company has published a report showing its 2018 progress in meeting diversity and inclusion goals.

The Battle Creek-based food maker released its ninth-annual “Features” report, which outlines the company’s efforts to “maintain a competitive business advantage, encourage collaboration, enhance the organization and create a supportive and welcoming work environment” consistent with the company’s “core K Values” of integrity, accountability, passion, humility, simplicity and results.

The report includes employee stories from around the world and showcases Kellogg’s eight business/employee resource groups, or B/ERGs, which Kellogg said are “pivotal” to its diversity and inclusion efforts.

“Kellogg is more than a business,” said Kris Bahner, senior vice president, global corporate affairs. “It is a company with heart and soul, driven by a diverse and inclusive community of passionate people making a difference.

“We know people are our greatest asset, underpinning our Deploy for Growth Strategy. We are committed to creating an environment in which all employees are included, treated with dignity and in a position to contribute to Kellogg’s future success.”

Diversity and inclusion goals

Retain, develop and recruit to ensure Kellogg’s “bench” at all levels reflects its customer base.

Create an environment where all employees are included, treated with dignity and respect and in a position to contribute to the company’s success.

Encourage and support all employees to be their “authentic, whole selves.”

Understand bias in the workplace and how to better manage it.

Raise further cross-cultural awareness.

Build a more diverse supply chain.

Integrate D&I across all aspects of the company’s growth strategy.

Diversity snapshot

Global leadership team

14 men

7 women

Board of directors

7 men

5 women

Global female representation

Salaried/production (all): 63.1 percent men, 36.9 percent women

Salaried: 54.7 percent men, 45.3 percent women

Management: 59.3 percent men, 40.7 percent women

Executive: 62 percent men, 38 percent women

U.S. people of color

Salaried/production (all): 38.7 percent

Salaried: 21.2 percent

Management: 18.5 percent

Executive: 25 percent

U.S. veteran representation

5 percent

U.S. employees who are B/ERG members

16 percent

Supplier diversity

In 2017, 155 of Kellogg’s 20,000 suppliers were tier-one diverse suppliers (up from 65 in 1999).

The company put $435 million of its total procurement spend toward tier-one diverse suppliers in 2017.

Diversity-related philanthropy

In 2017, more than 95 percent of the cash and in-kind contributions from Kellogg and its charitable funds were given to organizations that serve people in need (e.g. Feeding America and United Way) or to diversity-specific organizations.

The full “Features” report is available online.


Founded in 1906, Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) offers more than 1,600 foods, including cereal, crackers, savory snacks and frozen foods.

Kellogg had 2017 sales of about $13 billion.

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