We wanted to create policies and practices that were more inclusive of the LGBTQ community.
In 2016, Tyson Foods had a score of 30 on Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The commitment of Tyson Foods to inclusion and diversity created an interest in making sure our policies, practices and procedures were open to all. Through extensive review, we looked for opportunities to make our benefits policies, marketing strategies and community commitments more inclusive. After working with our business partners, we revamped our strategy.
In addition, our Pride Network (the Business Resource Group that focuses on LGBTQ inclusion) has increased efforts on a larger scale. The group has participated in Pride events in Springdale and Chicago. The BRG has also supported hiring people who identify as LGBTQ through support of Northwestern’s Kellogg Ally Week and the Reaching Out MBA Conference. The BRG has sponsored the Cultivating Change summit for the last two years.
Because of our efforts, Tyson Foods received a perfect score of 100 on the CEI in 2017 and 2018.
As the largest U.S. food company, we have a unique opportunity – and responsibility – to make a difference. I’m proud of the commitments we’ve made to the CEO Action on Diversity & Inclusion and even prouder of the way our team is acting on them. If we want to truly understand and impact the world outside our business, we must be inclusive inside our business. Diversity makes us stronger.