Bimbo Bakeries USA Releases 2021 Diversity, Equity and Belonging Report
Report highlights company achievements in 2021 and outlines three-year goals and commitments
HORSHAM, Pa., June 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) today released its 2021 Diversity, Equity and Belonging Report, Oyour Membership Foundation. It highlights BBU’s 2021 achievements in its workforce, workplace and market strategic framework and outlines three-year goals and commitments. Bimbo Bakeries USA is proud to be part of Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest bakery company, which is committed to advancing diversity, equity and belonging in the 33 countries where it operates.
BBU’s 2021 Diversity, Equity and Belonging Report recognizes the work accomplished since the creation of a Diversity, Equity and Belonging function in early 2021. Highlights of the report include:
Racial Equity Action Council (REAC): In 2021, BBU’s REAC influenced the company’s efforts to renew people’s practices, create a culture of belonging and promote racial equity in our communities.
Recruitment improvements: BBU has expanded its various roster requirements to include gender and racial diversity, and added its Diversity, Equity and Belonging Manager to recruitment strategy and candidate debriefing meetings.
Related development: All salaried associates are now required to complete at least 1.5 hours of Racial Equity Strategy Training (REST) per year to continue BBU’s commitment to educating its associates on topics related to its strategy of diversity, equity and belonging.
Marketing: To reflect the market it serves, BBU is committed to ensuring diversity and equity in its marketing, by inviting BBU’s Racial Equity Action Council into the marketing asset review process of the company.
Community partnerships: In 2021, the company invested $1 million in national and local organizations dedicated to improving the education, financial well-being, and health of Black and minority Americans.
Supplier diversity: BBU has introduced a Supplier Diversity Program to partner with suppliers with diverse experience, perspectives and backgrounds.
“Our Foundation of Belonging report highlights the progress of our past and our path to diversity, equity and belonging for the future,” said Fred Penny, president of Bimbo Bakeries USA. “Recognizing that we still have a lot of work to do, we have set goals and commitments for the next three years to ensure we remain focused on results. Our goals are ambitious because we know that Bimbo Bakeries USA can be a leader in diversity, equity and belonging.
Among Bimbo Bakeries USA’s three-year goals include increasing representation at all levels of its workforce, providing educational programs and training on diversity, equity and belonging to all associates , and expanding supplier diversity.
“We are committed to building a workforce, creating a work environment and establishing a meaningful presence in the marketplace that actively promotes diversity and equity, and ultimately achieves belonging for our associates and within our communities,” said Nikki Lang, Head of Diversity, Equity. & Membership at Bimbo Bakeries USA.
Read the full report.
About Bimbo Bakeries USA
Bimbo Bakeries USA is a leader in the baking industry, known for its category-leading brands, innovative products, freshness and quality. Our team of 20,000 US associates operates more than 60 manufacturing sites across the United States. More than 11,000 distribution routes deliver our major brands such as Arnold®Craftsman®ball court®Bimbo®Boboli®blueberry®. by Entenmann®Small bites®Marinela®at Mrs. Baird’s®Oroweat®Sara Lee®Stroehmann®and Thomas’®. Bimbo Bakeries USA is part of the Mexican group Grupo Bimbo, SAB de CV, the largest bakery company in the world with operations in 33 countries.
About Grupo Bimbo
Grupo Bimbo (BMV: BIMBOA) is a leader in the global bakery industry. With more than 135,000 associates, it achieved a turnover of 15 billion dollars in 2019. The Group has 197 production plants and approximately 1,700 sales centers strategically located in 32 countries around the world, on 4 continents. It produces more than 13,000 items under more than 100 prestigious and recognized umbrella brands in categories such as sandwich bread, brioches and toast. It also has a wide distribution network in the countries where it is present and one of the largest in the Americas. In 2020, for the fourth consecutive year, Grupo Bimbo was the only Mexican company recognized as one of the 135 most ethical companies in the world according to the World’s Most Ethical Companies 2020, a list prepared by the Ethisphere Institute. Grupo Bimbo is listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV) under the name BIMBOA. For more information on Grupo Bimbo, visit: www.grupobimbo.com. Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/GrupoBimbo and Twitter: @Grupo_Bimbo.