At Kraft Heinz we choose to welcome everyone to our table. We choose to be inclusive because diverse backgrounds and perspectives make us stronger, more thoughtful, and more innovative. We believe that our diversity, inclusion, and belonging commitments helps us to walk in our Company Purpose: Let’s Make Life Delicious, and this will make a lasting impact for our employees and the marketplace for generations to come. That is why We demand diversity and commit to not only listening but to truly working to hear different points of view.
We have established strategies to ensure that diverse hiring, retention, development, and advancement can occur. We will continue to build upon our foundation of awareness by delivering programming that advances communication skills and inclusive daily habits. We will also continue to offer training and learning experiences designed to interrupt unconscious bias during key moments in the people cycle, such as performance appraisals. Over the last two years, we have embarked on many initiatives to focus on our target areas including 50% representation of females in our leadership positions by 2025, rigorous policy support for the LGBTQI+ community, improved wellbeing and hybrid working arrangements for employees.
2020 was a year that amplified our focus on diversity, inclusion, and belonging. We expanded our Company Values to affirm, We demand diversity, and launched our Global Inclusion Council, chaired by our CEO, Miguel Patricio. The Council creates strategic accountability for results, and provides governance, oversight, and reporting on diversity efforts and initiatives.
We strengthened our commitment to a diverse workforce using targeted recruitment campaigns to engage with and represent the communities in which we operate.
We have set aspirations that are critical to our diversity, inclusion, and belonging journey while increasing accountability.
Our Aspirations for Kraft Heinz, by 2025, include:
Every year we welcome our International Management Trainee program on board, filled with ambitious graduates ready to become future leaders at Kraft Heinz. This program sees the cohort go through rotations on live business projects, spend time in the field and get closer to our beloved brands.
In 2021 we launched the Kraft Heinz ‘Women of Impact’ program in partnership with Impactology, to support and elevate a specific group of women in the middle management level. The first cohort of 22 women graduated in December 2021 with over 70% of the cohort being promoted within the first year. We are delighted to welcome future cohorts to continue our commitment to empowering women in leadership roles.
Additionally, we launched The WE Network, a global leadership accelerator for women at the Associate Director level.This further ensures that equal opportunities are provided to all genders, across our leadership roles.
Our partnership with NAWO (National Association of Women in Operations) has been ongoing since 2021 whose vision is to see gender diversity valued and balanced at every level in operations. Our employees have access to webinars, check-ins, mentoring and networking opportunities, allowing the conversation around gender equity to continue and to make them part of the journey towards an equal and balanced gender future.
We also report in line with the Workplace Gender Equality Index on an annual basis.
Wellbeing and support
Over 40 employees in the Australian business are now Mental Health First Aiders. This internationally recognised, accredited training is a rigorous program, where participants learn about the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in adults, how to provide internal help and where and how to get professional help.
We also have over 20 employee assistance program (EAP) ambassadors from across the business, who play a role in promoting the program and de-stigmatizing mental health concerns. Our dedicated EAP is available to all employees, who immediately receive 3 sessions to cover a range of topics such as finance, nutrition and mental health.
All employees across Australia and New Zealand have also been given premium access to a meditation and sleep app known as Calm. This gives employees access to a diverse and extensive library, including guided meditations, instructed yoga sessions and relaxing music to aid with stress management and mental wellbeing.
We also utilise our Diversity calendar throughout the year where we acknowledge and celebrate events such as Mental Health Awareness Month, R U OK Day, Pink October, Movember & STEPtember to elevate our team’s wellbeing.
Education & Celebration
We also show our commitment through foster BRGs (business resource groups), encouraging our employees to champion change within Diversity.
Our BRGs in Australia include