In 2020, Mondelēz Canada launched its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Impact Team. It is comprised of employees at all levels who come together to ensure the organization is showing leadership in DE&I and being responsive to calls from colleagues to engrain related principles. It led to the launch of the Employee Inclusion Group (EIG) program, including the Rainbow Council, Indigenous Peoples Council, Black Colleague Council, Women’s Network and United Colours of Canada.
The EIG initiative goes beyond just representation and actively engages employees across the organization with a range of events, featuring learning sessions and social gatherings, designed to expose colleagues to different cultures and perspectives. The comprehensive approach ensures employees have access to educational resources and networking opportunities to foster an inclusive environment.
EIGs have also played a vital role in informing and influencing internal policies. By collecting private self-identification data on race and ethnicity from employees, the company aims to measure its progress in diversity and inclusion. This data-driven approach allows the organization to track and evaluate its efforts, making informed decisions to improve D&I initiatives.
“Overall, the Mondelēz Canada Employee Inclusion Groups initiative stands out due to its holistic approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion,” says Noah Farber, director, corporate and government affairs.