Diversity & Inclusion
CREATING AN INCLUSIVE WORK ENVIRONMENT
US Foods® is committed to creating a more inclusive work environment where everyone feels safe and valued, and ensuring that their voice matters.
Our success relies upon a diverse and dynamic workplace built on our Cultural Beliefs, which define how we live and create an equitable environment where all associates can grow and thrive.
We launched a Disrupting Bias training program to provide a common framework for recognizing and addressing bias in the workplace, with a focus on reaching associates across all levels and functions of the business. The PAUSE® Model, which is central to the training, helps reduce everyday bias by offering a step-by-step process to help an individual slow their internal reaction down, connect with their thoughts, challenge assumptions and make a more deliberate choice. This model will become central to our culture and how we think about our associates, talent management, recruiting and interviewing.
RESPECTFUL WORKPLACE TRAINING
In an effort to promote respectful communication and foster greater inclusion, we introduced an interactive Respectful Workplace training program. The red-yellow-green model helps associates learn what action to take when witnessing questionable behavior in the workplace. This model helps us think through the level of intervention needed, and the best way to respond to encourage respect for all associates.
EMPLOYEE RESOURCE GROUPS
Since its inception, our ERG program has grown to include more than 2,200 members across nine ERGs. In 2020, we expanded the program from our corporate offices to all US Foods locations across the country, enabling participation from our field and frontline associates. Leveraging virtual tools and resources, our ERGs conduct various company-wide events, ranging from heritage month celebrations to educational forums encouraging dialogue on issues of race and diversity in and outside of the workplace. As a result of the efforts of our ERG program, we trained 200 leaders to facilitate allyship and anti-racism workshops for corporate and field associates, including drivers and selectors. Additionally, we partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, where we were able to offer Bystander Intervention to our associates in an effort to educate and inform them on the topics of anti-Asian American hate and xenophobic harassment.
We continue to expand the reach of the program and grow associate engagement in our nine ERGs through virtual event participation and our field membership expansion.
ABILITIES DISABILITIES ALLIES PARTNERING TOGETHER (ADAPT)
Strategic partner to the business to advance awareness, understanding and inclusion of people identifying as having visible, invisible, physical, intellectual or developmental disabilities. Also, builds awareness and understanding of people with disabilities through advocacy and allyship.
BLACK RESOURCE FOR INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, GROWTH AND EMPOWERMENT (BRIDGE)
Serves as a strategic partner and resource within US Foods to advance understanding and inclusion of people identifying as Black, African, African American, West Indian or of African descent.
Collective Asian Network (CAN)
Builds awareness of Asian cultures by providing the resources to create diverse communities, increase networking and opportunities for growth, and improve understanding of business needs and goals.
Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Advancement (HOLA)
Helps Hispanic and Latino associates and allies network, grow personally and professionally, and give back to the community, while serving one of the fastest-growing demographics in the U.S.
LINKING INFORMATION, NETWORKS AND KNOWLEDGE (LINK-UP)
Links information, networks and knowledge to enrich engagement, personal well-being and development, inclusion and diversity of our associates across the organization.
MULTIGENERATIONAL EMPOWERMENT RESOURCE GROUP FOR EMPLOYEES (MERGE)
Connects the leaders of tomorrow with the leaders of today by promoting greater understanding and inclusion of young professionals across the business.
Brings together LGBTQ+ individuals and allies who act as strategic partners for the business to provide advanced understanding and inclusion of all LGBTQ+ associates.
Those Who Serve – Military ERG
Supports recruiting and professional development of service members, veterans and allies of the armed forces to extend in our business the military ethos that is so aligned with US Foods' Cultural Beliefs and Leadership Behaviors.
Women in Network (WIN)
Seeks to bring women together and help them achieve personal and professional growth.