October is recognized annually as Global Diversity Awareness Month, a celebration that is said to have emerged after World War II with the adoption of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris.
The declaration is a recognition of “the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.” The 30 articles outlined in the declaration establish that, globally, we must value every human being, regardless of their nationality, color, religion, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender, county of origin, language, or other cultural characteristics.
At Tyson Foods, our commitment to diversity is embedded in our core values. We take pride in our highly diverse workforce, which can represent up to 50 countries and speak more than 11 different languages at a single U.S. plant.
In 2022, Tyson further strengthened our team member investment by offering education for all U.S. team members that have been employed for a year. Through the Guild program, Team Members have the opportunity to attain a master’s, undergraduate and associate online-degrees, career certificates and literacy and technology fundamentals – all for free.
We also embrace the richness of our diversity through our team members and team member led Business Resource Groups (BRGs).
Currently we have eight active BRGs, all of which have executive-level sponsors and/or champions.
- African Ancestry Alliance
- Asians & Allies
- Leaders of Tomorrow
- Pride Network
In addition, we engage military, LGBTQ, civil rights, educational and other organizations in our recruiting efforts and encourage supplier diversity to support minority-owned businesses and farms.
Our Asians and Allies BRG had the opportunity this summer to engage with Chef Jet Tila during his visit to our World HQ in Springdale, Ark., for events celebrating the connection between food and diversity.
In early 2022, we hosted the first Tyson Foods Black College World Series (BCWS) at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, Ala. BCWS hosted its inaugural series in 2021, and Tyson will serve as the title sponsor from 2022 to 2024.
To our team members: we extend our most sincere THANK YOU for choosing Tyson Foods as your place of work. For us to WIN, we need every team member’s help moving forward with these efforts. We’re proud to have built a culture where everyone is valued for their unique backgrounds, experiences, thoughts, and talents.
To further your understanding, commitment, and support of DE&I, we encourage you to read these books, listen to these podcasts and/or take this self-assessment. You can also read more about our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion commitment here.