Retailers and suppliers alike are incorporating more diversity and inclusion acts into their operational standards, and Ahold Delhaize USA’s Retail Business Services isn’t one to fall behind. The service arm recently announced the launch of its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Council.
“At Retail Business Services, we hold ourselves accountable for fostering an environment where all associates feel welcome and know they work for a company where they belong,” commented Roger Wheeler, who serves as Chair of the Council and is the Retail Business Services President. “In standing up the Council, we are able to further our journey and accelerate action.”
With the creation of this council, Retail Business Services is charging ahead to drive awareness, adoption, and acceleration of the company’s DE&I strategy. The Council will also support the company’s commitment to creating a workplace where every associate feels they belong.
Created with a wide variety of perspectives to make an impact, the council will be led by Wheeler and DE&I Manager Valencia Seals, who serves as Vice-Chair, with representation from each of Retail Business Services’ Business Resource Groups (BRGs), five at-large members, each member of the Retail Business Services leadership team, and DE&I Council Coordinator Carley James.
According to the release, the group will collaborate over the course of a two-year term to share insights that inform Retail Business Services’ DE&I journey, identify opportunities to build a culture of belonging, and help to create action plans that leverage opportunities and overcome barriers.
“The DE&I team is excited to partner with this diverse group of individuals to further our progress,” said Seals. “We’re looking forward to leveraging their unique experiences and insights to inform our DE&I strategy, and we are grateful for their commitment to furthering DE&I at Retail Business Services.”
Retail Business Services will release its second annual DE&I Progress Report later this spring, which will give associates a transparent view into how Retail Business Services is progressing on its DE&I journey against a set of defined measures.
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