Diversity and Inclusion

At Hormel Foods, diversity is defined as respect for, and inclusion of, the unique differences of every individual. This encompasses personal attributes, values and organizational roles. Embracing all of the ways in which we are different – beyond race and gender – fosters innovation and cultivates an environment in which people aspire to work and build long-term careers.

Our Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey M. Ettinger, has demonstrated his commitment to this focus by including it among the company’s key strategies. Companywide, women represented 34 percent of our workforce in fiscal year 2010. Our ethnic minority workforce represented 47 percent in fiscal year 2010. Of our 12-member Board of Directors, there are four women and three people of color.

The human resources department is actively implementing initiatives related to diversity and inclusion, including training programs and solidifying relationships with organizations at higher education institutions. Scorecards for business units and an inclusion index to track and monitor progress related to this initiative are also key components of the company-wide program.

Diversity and Inclusion Council

The cross-functional Diversity and Inclusion Council supports company leadership by providing guidance on diversity and inclusion considerations. Part of their commitment is to:

  • Expand the knowledge and learning of the Council to act as a source of insight;
  • Define diversity and inclusion in a way that is relevant to Hormel Foods;
  • Communicate the diversity and inclusion business case;
  • Develop an annual plan, based on the current status of diversity and inclusion efforts, that includes objectives, strategies, tactics and resources for implementation; and
  • Partner with leadership, human resources and corporate communications to implement our plans.

To learn more about our policy for supplier diversity, visit our Process section.

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