Diversity & Inclusion
INCREASING THE DIVERSITY OF OUR WORKFORCE AND LEADERS
US Foods® is committed to cultivating a diverse workforce built upon wide-ranging perspectives, unique experiences and a multitude of backgrounds and identities. Through multifaceted recruiting and training efforts, we strive to attract and develop a pipeline of diverse talent to maximize the strength of our teams and provide the highest quality service for our customers every day.
RECRUITING AND SUPPORTING DIVERSE TALENT
We know that diverse and inclusive leadership is fundamental in bringing a breadth of experiences and perspectives to the work we do every day. Over the past several years, with steady progress, we have been working to increase the diversity of our director-level-and-above leadership roles through accelerated development programs for diverse associates and expanded external recruiting partnerships to reach more diverse candidates. In 2021, we set a goal to fill 40% of our new or open leadership roles with diverse candidates. Subsequently, we enhanced our hiring process to require diverse candidate slates for leadership roles and introduced unconscious bias training for leaders.
TRAINING, MENTORING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Through training, mentoring, e-learning, on-the-job development and professional development opportunities, we help all of our associates learn and grow while building a pipeline of diverse talent.
US Foods® Signature Leadership Development Programs
Our signature leadership development programs are designed to develop inclusive leadership skills to support equitable team building, collaboration and decision making. These programs prepare diverse leaders for greater responsibility and they include:
- Gateway to Leadership – for new people managers
- Aspire to Grow and Aspire to Lead – High-potential leaders at different stages in their career
LEARNING PARTNERS MENTORING PROGRAM
Our Learning Partners mentoring program matches diverse, high-potential US Foods leaders (mentees) with senior leaders (mentors), facilitating one-on-one, two-way learning and helping prepare diverse leaders for career advancement.
Women in Leadership Program
Aligned with our commitment to developing and increasing diverse representation in our leadership, we launched a Women In Leadership program in 2021. The program aims to expand senior women’s networks and build their skills in relevant areas. Networking opportunities include panel discussions with key female leaders and regular connections with a networking group of women leaders.
Internal Audit Manager
“US Foods has given me many opportunities to grow professionally – especially as a woman and a Latina. US Foods has also given me a platform to serve the community of Hispanic and Latino/a/x associates through my role as president of the HOLA. The company prioritizes my development through programs such as Learning Partners and offers me the opportunity to promote diversity through my role as program manager for the Finance Leadership Development Program and Finance Intern Program. I am truly grateful US Foods shows me ‘YOU MATTER.’”
“It speaks volumes for all associates within an organization to have the opportunity to consistently connect with the Executive Leadership team to receive important communication, be inquisitive and provide feedback. Inclusivity, combined with a cup of innovation, competitive pay – and a dash of great culture – is the perfect recipe.”
VP National Sales
“I have over 20 years of experience in the foodservice industry. The one piece of advice that I give future leaders is, go where you’re celebrated and have opportunities to grow. This is what I find special about US Foods.”
Vendor Performance Manager
“I have gained a tremendous amount of insight, value and growth since the inception of the US Foods ERGs, initially through active listening, participation and running for a President role. During my tenure here at US Foods, I have grown my executive presence, enhanced my communication skills and even learned my own story. In addition, I have connected with members, allies and mentors by developing authentic relationships with people from all different backgrounds.”