The Kellogg Co. appears to be on track to achieve its 2025 goals for equity, diversity, and inclusion (ED&I), including improvements in key gender and racial representation metrics, according to an April 10 announcement.
As part of its environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy, the company set goals for 50/50 gender parity at the management level globally, and in the U.S., 25% racially underrepresented talent at the management level — both by the end of 2025.
The company’s ESG strategy, called Kellogg’s Better Days Promise, aims to increase sustainable and equitable access to food by addressing the intersection of well-being, hunger, sustainability and ED&I.
“One of the ways we are achieving our Kellogg’s Better Days Promise is by ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in our own workforce,” Samantha Thomas-Berry, the chief diversity officer for Kellogg Co., said in the statement.
“We are happy about our progress in 2022 and, while we know there’s still work to be done, we’re confident that we will achieve our goal of more balanced representation in our leadership,” she said.
At the end of 2022, 45.7% of all manager roles and above were filled by women globally, an increase of 1.3% from the previous year. Kellogg Europe achieved the goal of 50/50 gender representation in all manager roles and above.
In addition, 22.7% of manager roles and above in the U.S. were filled by racially underrepresented talent, an increase of .5%.
Kellogg Co. released a 2022 snapshot of additional metrics as well. Among all salaried employees, 46.3% were women at the end of 2022, as compared with 45.8% in 2021. Among directors and above, 41.2% were women (versus 38.4% in 2021), and among vice presidents and above, 34.1% were women (versus 32.8% in 2021).
In the U.S., 23.7% of all salaried employees were considered racially underrepresented talent, compared to 22.8% in 2021. Among directors and above, the percentage was slightly lower at 23.1% (versus 20.5% in 2021), and among vice presidents and above, the percentage was higher at 27.6% (versus 25.6% in 2021).
Across the company’s U.S. workforce, about 5% were veterans in 2022, as compared with 4.6% in 2021. About 1.4% were people with disabilities, as compared with 1% in 2021.
Based on a self-identification campaign begun in 2022, about .33% of U.S. workers identified as LGBTQ+ in 2022.