We embrace the diversity of our team members, customers, stakeholders and consumers—their unique backgrounds, experiences, thoughts and talents.
Tyson Foods has a diverse workforce, with many team members who are recent immigrants to the United States. Numerous languages are spoken across our processing facilities, with as many as 11 languages spoken at a single plant. This diversity is our strength. Our differences lead to more innovation, better supplier and customer relationships, and a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Inclusion and diversity efforts focus on ensuring that we recruit, develop and retain a diverse group of team members, and that all team members have an opportunity to grow and develop personally and professionally.
Accordingly, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace that supports and empowers all team members, regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or any other protected status. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and our policies comply with all federal, state and local employment laws. Everyone is valued and appreciated for their distinct contributions to the growth and sustainability of our business. This focus extends to our supply chain, through which we work with many minority-owned, veteran- and service-disabled-veteran-owned, and women-owned businesses, as well as Small Business Association (SBA)-certified small businesses.
Tyson Foods is a member of CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, a group of more than 600 CEOs who have committed themselves and the companies they lead to advance inclusion and diversity in the workplace. Signatories must do more than talk the talk: they commit to taking meaningful actions to transform their workplaces and share both successes and challenges with other companies.
In early FY2020, Tyson Foods CEO Noel White committed the company to join the Valuable 500, a global movement to put disability on the business leadership agenda. Membership in the Valuable 500 means we are committed to:
- Enabling leaders to create a sense of belonging, where team members feel they can be their authentic selves through cultural competency awareness across the organization that includes disability awareness.
- Continuing to participate in several external benchmark surveys, including the National Organization on Disability Tracker to inform our Inclusion and Diversity Framework, identifying several key focus areas to improve our inclusive practices, including disability inclusion.
- Continuing to support and develop our Disability and Accessibility Awareness Business Resource Group by providing them with development opportunities, connection to partnerships and executive leadership support.
Even before we committed to the Valuable 500, Tyson Foods was implementing initiatives to support disabled team members. In FY2019, these initiatives included partnering with nonprofit organizations such as Aspire and Equal Access to assist in the recruitment of candidates with disabilities in the Chicagoland area, as well as providing disability etiquette training for our team members.
Business Resource Groups
Business Resource Groups (BRGs) play a critical role in implementing our inclusion and diversity commitments by offering business impact, community outreach, team member support and development across our enterprise locations. Our six BRGs include:
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Supports a safe and inclusive environment for individuals with disabilities and those who support them through building awareness, continuing education and advocacy to create real change.
- Offered team members Disability Awareness/Etiquette training
- Invited college students with disabilities to spend the day meeting with leaders to learn about careers at Tyson Foods and participate in interviewing skills training
- Met with Aspire who provides services to children and adults in Illinois with disabilities to discuss their Career Academy and encourage their program participants to apply for Tyson Foods job openings
- Partnered with SalesCon19 and Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter for 12 Days of Christmas
- Held Caregiver Appreciation Respite Event (CARE) in NW Arkansas
Committed to supporting all team members through a welcoming environment where everyone can reach their full potential by bringing their authentic selves to work each day.
- Participated in PRIDE events in Northwest Arkansas and Chicago
- Hosted two “How to Be a Better Ally” workshops
- Created the Tyson Ally Pledge that all team members are encouraged to commit to
Committed to preserving, teaching and appreciating the rich and diverse cultures of our Tyson Foods team members. It honors our past, celebrates our present, and sustains a future of inclusion and diversity in accordance with Tyson Foods’ core values and 5Cs.
- Held quarterly Hash Tag Lunch Events making lunch bags for local shelters
- Participated in the Chicago Dragon Festival bringing visibility to Tyson Foods brands in the Asian community
- Participated in the Chicago Bud Billiken Parade, the largest African American parade in U.S.
- Provided back-to-school materials for children in the Chicago area
- Participated in the LatinXNA Empowerment Forum in October where panelists shared their leadership experiences in the workforce and how to serve in the community
- Hosted Cook Your Culture events in the Chicago and Downers Grove offices, celebrating the multiple cultures of our team members
A group of individuals committed to enhancing Tyson Foods, our community and ourselves by supporting veterans and their families. We strive to help our veterans recognize Tyson Foods as the place to further their careers after the completion of their military service.
- Successfully rebranded the Veterans BRG to be more inclusive of veterans and friends
- Hosted the VBRG Veterans Day program at several campuses that included both local and national organizations
- Held VBRG volunteer days at the Springdale Mobile Pantry
- Participated in Wreaths Across America Day
Strives to advance women and transform Tyson Foods’ workplace through engagement, networking and career development.
- Continued Mentoring Circles, monthly sessions held with Senior Director-level mentors and small groups of team members; FY2019 sessions included 16 mentors and 133 mentees
A group of multigenerational professionals dedicated to the retention and development of talent to ensure the future success of Tyson Foods through fostering a community and developing opportunities for team members.
- Hosted My Path to Leadership Series, during which Tyson Foods leaders spoke about their unique path to leadership
- Helped plate and serve over 200 meals bimonthly through Samaritan Café
- Participated in Samaritan Community Center “Bring A Can to Work Day”
- Prepared dinner for families staying a Ronald McDonald House
- Completed a mentorship program at Helen Tyson Middle School with 11 student mentees
- Distributed food at a Senior Service Center for the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank