Kroger provides inclusion training to all management and
many hourly associates, and numerous work locations
(stores, plants, divisions) have a Culture Council. These
councils, composed of a diverse group of associates,
work on projects that reflect Kroger’s core values of
safety, integrity, respect, honesty, diversity and inclusion.
They also provide leaders with feedback and facilitate
communication with associates to champion company
Kroger is equally committed to retaining talented associates and providing career development opportunities to help motivated associates realize their advancement potential within the company. Career development plans for women and people of color are reviewed annually by our senior management team as part of the company’s successor planning. Kroger requires managers and department heads to report quarterly on the recruitment and promotion of women and people of color. Today, 51% of all associates are female and 34% are people of color. 41% of exempt associates are female and 21% of exempt associates are people of color.
ASSOCIATE RESOURCE GROUPS (ARGS)
Associate Resource Groups serve as our strategic partners
by creating meaningful connections among our associates
within the company. We have nine ARGs at our headquarters
location in Cincinnati—African-American, Asian,
Cancer Awareness, Alliance of Kroger (LGBT and Allies),
Kepasa (Hispanics and Latinos), Parents, Veterans,
Women's Edge and Young Professionals. ARG chapters
are growing in a number of divisions across the country,
now up to 27 groups.
In 2015, Kroger received a score of 95 out of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and rates companies based on their employment policies related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender associates.
ARGs Build Connections and Create Opportunity
In 2015, Kroger announced to our associates that Kroger's company-sponsored health insurance plan now offers trans-gender benefits. For the last several years, the company's LGBT associate resource group, The Alliance of Kroger (AOK), worked collaboratively with executive leaders by educating them on the specific needs of our transgender associates and empowering them with a voice and venue to share their stories. Here are a few other ways our ARGs build connections and improve our business:
- Mobile Pantry—The African-American ARG supported Second Harvest Food Bank's Mobile Pantry. Similar to a farmer's market, this mobile pantry allowed food to be distributed directly to those in need. This mobile pantry provided 1–2 weeks of groceries to approximately 175 families.
- The Parents ARG led the installation of health and wellness rooms, and produced a guide for new parents.
- The Cancer ARG worked with the Health and Wellness team to create a Cancer Resource guide.