Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

At Hormel Foods, diversity is defined as all of the similarities and differences that we share with one another. Not right, wrong, good or bad, simply different. It is our ability to be unique. 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.

Hormel Foods has demonstrated its commitment to fostering diversity by including it among the company’s key strategies. In fact, in 2011 the company hired a new corporate manager of diversity and inclusion.

Companywide, women represented 33 percent of our workforce in fiscal year 2011. Our ethnic minority workforce represented 45 percent in fiscal year 2011. Of our 12-member Board of Directors, there are four women and three persons 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 companywide program.

Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Councils

The Executive Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee and the cross-functional Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council are champions of diversity and inclusion and advocates for change. The Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council shall be responsible for implementing the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan throughout the organization. The council is committed to the following:

  • Create measurable goals for the organization based on the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan.
  • Create a task force to execute on goals.
  • Provide quarterly metrics to the Executive Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee.
  • Demonstrate and champion inclusion initiatives.
  • Publish diversity and inclusion efforts and successes in internal and external publications.
  • Encourage and support the development of employee resource groups in support of enhancing the understanding of the similarities and differences we share.

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