Rooted in equity: Kellogg’s revitalized diversity and inclusion strategy

By Priscilla Koranteng, Vice President, Talent and Chief Diversity Officer

Equity is our foundation. Diversity is a fact. Inclusion is an action.

At Kellogg, we are united in our vision of a good and just world where people are not just fed but fulfilled. We are grounded by our purpose to create better days and a place at the table for everyone through our trusted food brands.

Equity. Diversity. Inclusion.

These are the building blocks that support our table. And we want to ensure that there’s not only enough space for everyone to sit at our table, but space for us all to be comfortable, to share, and to be nourished.

That’s why I’m happy to say we’ve recently enhanced our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) strategy. This will further enable our company’s success in 2021 and beyond. And as our company’s Chief Diversity Officer, I’m so very honored to be a part of this work.

Through this strategy, we want everyone to have what they need to fulfill their potential. And so, we’ll give them the unique resources they need to do just that. We expect a tangible and visible commitment from our leadership, our employees, and our partners. This includes demonstrating key behaviors like:

  • Respecting and valuing all employees
  • Applying all rules fairly and objectively
  • Speaking up and addressing difficult issues
  • Seeking and providing direct and honest feedback
  • Actively seeking and integrating diverse viewpoints

So how is the new strategy different from what we’ve done before? Great question. It starts with equity.

Equity is more than leveling the playing field. It’s about removing barriers and providing the unique support needed to lift each person up to the same opportunity.

This includes our unrelenting focus on racial equity in the U.S. We have acknowledged the institutional and systemic barriers that underrepresented employees face, especially with career and economic advancement – and we are doing something about it at Kellogg. We have enhanced our people practices with policies and programs that create an equitable environment for all. This is why we have increased our leadership non-financial bonus structure tied to our ED&I goals to ensure accountability. 

We’ve also created IMPACT, a cohort of our senior-most, underrepresented talent, to partner with our leaders in accelerating our progress. And we have created goals for our people managers with expected behaviors to driving equity along with a scorecard to hold ourselves accountable.

Our enhanced focused on equity also means that we will take intentional efforts to drive an inclusive environment so that everyone has a seat at the table. We will continue to ensure that our practices are fair and consistent with our code of conduct and our KValues.

And our focus on gender equity continues too. We aspire to achieve gender equity of 50/50 by the end of 2025, and our teams around the world are working on it. For example, in India only 20 percent of women participate in the labor force – even though the region has experienced tremendous economic expansion in recent decades. This means women don’t reap the full benefits of this growth. Our team in India has focused diligently on attracting and developing female talent, while making our workplaces more inclusive. And I’m proud to share that Kellogg India has been recognized as one of the “Best Companies for Women in India” for the last four years, thanks in part to this work.

To live our vision, fulfill our purpose, and drive our success, we must ensure equity for all.

Our revitalized ED&I strategy is a promise to our people – not just our employees, but our customers, consumers, and suppliers as well – that we will create an equitable environment that embraces and nurtures their unique strengths.

This is a journey. One we’ve been on since 1906 – and one that will continue for generations to come. But by ensuring an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment, anyone who enjoys our food or does business with and within our company will benefit through a stronger sense of belonging at our table.

Features Report now available!

I am also proud share that our latest Features report – Kellogg Company’s annual ED&I publication – is now online. Here, you can read more about how we’re embracing the power of diversity and inclusion, while ensuring equity for all.

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