Fostering Future Women & Minority Leaders
Looking to ensure the next generation of Campbell leaders, we invited 30 students from Camden Academy Charter High School to our World Headquarters in FY2015 as part of the second annual global STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Career Accelerator Day. STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015 aimed to expose and excite 10,000 students in grades eight through 12 to engage with STEM careers through an experiential visit and interaction with professionals.
A particular focus for the global program is to engage young women and students from minority backgrounds to consider STEM careers. This a unique opportunity to not only engage and inspire students who have an interest in STEM, but also to allow Campbell, as an employer, the opportunity to help frame the curriculum and develop the skills needed for future STEM roles and potential future candidates.
As an advocate for mentoring future women leaders in business, in FY2015 we hosted the official launch of Women of the Dream, a nonprofit organization focused on developing African-American girls to help them achieve careers and healthy, productive lifestyles through workshops, mentoring, networking and scholarships. The program has the potential to make a profound impact in our hometown of Camden for the next generation of women.
Business Resource Affinity Networks (BRANs)
Our BRANs are employee-led, company-supported volunteer organizations that help us focus and connect with our increasingly diverse employee and consumer bases. We rely heavily on our nine BRANs as pathways to leverage talent and increase cultural curiosity, sensitivity and connection. By leveraging our BRAN leadership positions as stretch assignments to grow capability and increase visibility of high-performing talent, we get the best of multiple worlds: inspired leadership from passionate employees, innovative development opportunities and grassroots-level role models who motivate peers and leaders alike. Our networks currently include:
Asian Network of Campbell (ANC)
Focuses on Asian employee and professional development
Black Resource Group (BRG)
Works to attract, retain and empower top black talent
Fosters trust and collaboration across generations
Campbell Administrative Professionals (CAPs)
Enhances organizational vitality and promotes excellence among administrative employees
Hispanic Network de Campbell (HNdeC)
Creates an environment of inclusion and provides consumer insights related to Hispanic employees and consumers
Maxton American Indian Network (MAIN)
Empowers and engages American Indian employees at our Maxton manufacturing facility
Our Pride Employee Network (OPEN)
Aims to add value through LGBT initiatives
Inspires employees to bring our Purpose to life by exciting the Campbell community around real food and sustainability
Women of Campbell (WoC)
Strives to help Campbell women achieve and demonstrate their full potential
Board Gender Diversity
It is important that our Board of Directors reflects the diversity of our marketplace. In 2015, we were honored by two leading organizations focused on advancing women’s leadership, the Women’s Forum of New York and the Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ). At their Breakfast of Corporate Champions, the Women’s Forum of New York named Campbell a “corporate game changer” for having at least 20 percent female representation on its Board of Directors. EWNJ recognized Campbell with the Corporate Board Gender Diversity Award, which acknowledges publicly held companies in New Jersey who have at least three women on their boards. Currently, four females sit on Campbell’s 12-member Board, including one executive.
Legacy of LGBT Advocacy
Ensuring and respecting diversity and creating an inclusive workplace will continue to be key to unlocking our potential. In 2015, we received a perfect score for the seventh year on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index, were designated as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality and earned a spot on the HRC’s 2016 Buying Guide for Equality — a guide to businesses, products and services that support LGBT equality. These awards are evidence of our commitment to being one of the nation’s top places where employees can confidently bring their whole selves to work.
The Financial Times, in partnership with OUTstanding, an LGBT network for business leaders and allies, named Campbell’s Bethmara Kessler, Vice President of Corporate Audit, to the Top 100 Leading LGBT Executives, with Kessler being ranked 59th. To be named to the OUTstanding Top 100, each nominee was judged by the following criteria: activities undertaken to make the workplace a more welcoming place; activities a nominee is involved with outside of the workplace that help to achieve positive change for LGBT people; recent business achievements; and seniority and influence in the business. Kessler also serves as the Business Advisor for Campbell’s OPEN network.