Our associate population is diverse although we recognized a need for more inclusion to fully engage all our associates and benefit from their perspectives.
Two years ago, Perdue Farms formed an Inclusion Council, reporting to the Executive Team. While several diversity initiatives have been implemented by Perdue Farms’, one successful action that models our CEO’s pledge is that Day is the Executive Sponsor of the Affinity Group and Networks; the Perdue Inclusion Council, and Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) such as the Generations group and the Perdue Organization for Women. Adding another ARG for our LBGTQ+ community is on the horizon and that was evident when Perdue sponsored the June 2017 LGBTQ+ Coalition of the Lower Eastern Shore and the local PFLAG organization’s Rainbow Fun Run and Walk in Salisbury, MD (corporate headquarters’ hometown). To further advance its commitment to create a workplace that is both diverse and inclusive, Perdue named its first Chief Diversity Officer, reporting to the CEO.
Events hosted by the Inclusion Council and ARGs, through the Perdue Organization for Women, include three breakfast and lunch dates that have been sponsored for the Women’s Circle at Salisbury University. Additionally, Perdue funded the Ruby Sponsorship of Network of Executive Women, and the aforementioned Rainbow Fun Run and Walk. These initiatives speak to the pledge of our CEO to both internal and external actions for the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse talent.
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Diversity can be measured by the numbers, but inclusion is a measure of our culture,” said Randy Day, CEO. “An inclusive workplace empowers all associates to share the unique insights that match our external stakeholders. We’re also engaging our associates in creating an inclusive environment that will help us make our management level and above more representative of our diverse population. Teamwork has long been one of our company Values, with the belief that we work together to accomplish something greater than one could alone. That ‘together’ will come from an inclusive workplace.