BBU is the North American arm of Mexican bakery giant Grupo Bimbo, recognised as one of the most ethical companies in the world for the past six years.
The parent company has established a Golden Rule: to treat each other with respect, fairness, trust and care. It’s Baked for Life policy is also grounded in improving the lives of “everyone we reach”. The company is the largest bakery manufacturer in the world, employing more than 135,000 workers and reaching over 100 million households in the US alone.
Diversity is the future
BBU’s report – Our Foundation of Belonging – acknowledges the work accomplished since adopting the Diversity, Equity & Belonging function in early 2012, which Grupo Bimbo has rolled out in all 33 countries where it operates.
Since its introduction, BBU’s journey has included the formation of a Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee; hosted annual forums and conferences for women across the country and established a Network of Women (NEW) Partnership; and created a National Racial Equity Action Council (REAC), among other accomplishments.
Last year’s gains
Racial Equity Action Council
In 2021, BBU’s REAC influenced the company’s efforts to renew people practices, create a culture of Belonging, and promote racial equity in our communities.
BBU expanded its diverse slate requirements to include diversity in both gender and race, as well as added its head of Diversity, Equity & Belonging in recruitment strategy and candidate debrief meetings.
All salaried associates are now required to take at least 1.5 hours of Racial Equity Strategy Training (REST) annually to continue BBU’s commitment to educate its associates on topics related to its Diversity, Equity & Belonging strategy.