A Workplace for All

As reflected in our People Basic Belief, we firmly believe that an inclusive environment and diverse organization strengthens our Company and enables every employee to reach their full potential.

While proud of our commitment to ensuring every employee feels welcome and valued, our leadership recognizes there are opportunities for us to strengthen our Company by focusing on our commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity. These efforts center around three pillars:

  • Workforce: Promoting a diverse workforce
  • Workplace: Maintaining an inclusive environment for all employees
  • Marketplace: Sharing our efforts with external constituents to support greater cultural awareness and sensitivity in society

Importantly, we must hold ourselves to high, measurable standards to ensure we are progressing. To this end, we are evaluating our progress through several measures:

  • Reviews of organization health assessments and employee engagement surveys
  • Evaluation of workforce composition and minority representation across all levels of the organization
  • Successful integration of key programming including unconscious bias training and employee resource groups to strengthen the understanding of the importance of inclusion and diversity and to give employees the resources and support they need

Our Workplace, Our Community 

“Our workplace is a community. The most thriving communities are those where people feel accepted as equals and can express their thoughts and opinions openly, without judgement.

In order for our community to truly thrive, we must continue to work to create an environment where everyone feels mutual respect, a sense of belonging and can express themselves.”

-Mark Smucker, President and Chief Executive Officer

Inspiring Continued Progress

Over the past year we have made important progress on our commitment to create an environment where our employees are supported and differences are truly celebrated.

Specific highlights over the past year have included:

  • Introducing our Advocate Alliance of employees to be ID&E ambassadors and inspire our continued progress
  • Launching employee resource groups, including LGBTQ+ and Allies and BLAC – Black Leadership and Allyship Council, as we work on the introduction of others
  • Coordinating more than 8,500 hours of employee programming on education and understanding
  • Hosting panels to reflect the unique experiences of under-represented groups to increase employee understanding while encouraging empathy and allyship 
  • Publishing regular content to celebrate our differences and increase understanding

To support our continued progress, we have developed the following priorities around inclusion, diversity and equity for our fiscal year 2022:  

  • Continue inclusive leadership and collaboration (continued education and awareness for all, with specific focus on people leaders)
  • Increase people of color at every level of the organization
  • Build upon our Company’s strong gender diversity to inspire necessary progress across the business