Kellogg Europe has reached its goal of having 50% male and female representation at manager level and above throughout its organisation.
The cereal and snacks company noted that, in Ireland, 57.1% of the senior executive leaders are female.
This achievement comes three years ahead of schedule, as the goal was due to be reached by the end of 2025.
The Kellogg Company is a founding member of the LEAD (Leading Executives Advancing Diversity) Network, and David Lawlor, the president of Kellogg Europe, signed the LEAD CEO Pledge in 2019, to support its commitment to gender parity and to help drive inclusion in the European retail and consumer goods industry.
According to the company, ‘Equity, diversity, and inclusion (ED&I) have always been at the heart of our food company and can be traced back over 100 years to its founder, W.K. Kellogg, who pioneered employing women in the workplace.’
David Lawlor, president, Kellogg Europe and signatory of the LEAD Network CEO Pledge, said, “We have accelerated our efforts around women in leadership and we have invested in developing and promoting female talent throughout our organisation.
“I believe we have created an environment and a culture, where our female leaders not only belong but are shaping the future of the business. We have built a pipeline of initiatives to ensure this isn’t just a moment, but a movement for our business and the benefits of making this progress are clear to us.”
Kellogg noted that it has implemented industry-leading employee policies and employee support schemes, including recently introduced workplace policies focusing on the menopause, pregnancy loss, and fertility treatment.
Across Europe, it also has 50/50 gender-balanced employee resource groups, which foster belonging and create a culture of sharing ideas that promote the representation of women.
Tammy Winnie, HR VP, Kellogg Europe, said, “Equity, diversity and inclusion – ED&I – are part of our culture and purpose, where everyone has a place at the table. To have reached our 50/50 goal ahead of schedule is a testament to the work our teams have been doing to prioritise gender equality in the workplace, and who go beyond intent and words, to real, tangible results.
“Our continued partnership with the LEAD Network remains as important as ever, to ensure we continue moving in the right direction.”