Diversity & Inclusion
Our belief that pets and people are better together drives us to build the strongest teams who enable us to produce the highest quality products. We recognize that in order to have the best products, we must openly embrace diversity of all types. And it's the diversity of thought that sparks our most innovative ideas and fosters our most strategic partnerships. We value our individual differences that, ultimately, bring us closer together to empower, inspire and impact the lives of others.
As an organization, we're committed to cultivating a culturally diverse and inclusive environment to maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Nestlé Purina is continuously in pursuit of attracting and retaining great talent that comes to us from a variety of backgrounds. While we're proud to house a uniquely diverse body of associates within the halls of Nestlé Purina, there's one commonality we all share: the passion to enrich the lives of pets and the people who love them.
"Our company has to reflect our entire consumer base, and from that lens alone, it is vital that we have a diverse set of associates, in terms of their thinking, lifestyle, age, and socio-economic background – in addition to race and gender. Beyond that, we have and want to maintain Nestlé Purina as a best place to work. We cannot do that without creating an inclusive workplace, in which everyone feels able to contribute to the overall vision and performance of the organization. On these two important fronts, our work is never done."
Pat McGinnis, Chairman -
The diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives that the company participates in has helped Purina embrace diverse thoughts and ideas, helping the company look at things differently, which in return makes us a stronger company now and for the future.
- Fontez, Human Resources
We have many diverse cultures here at Purina. Each morning when I arrive, I pass through our walkways and experience firsthand different cultures and associates engaged in conversation, sometimes in their native languages. It constantly reminds me that Purina is a global organization that employs people from many diverse backgrounds.
- Annette, Director & Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Balance
Change starts from within. By being part of the Nestlé Purina Business Diversity Group, I have an opportunity to directly engage with new employees to create an inclusive workplace and also to look for innovative ways to interest people of diverse backgrounds to be excited to be part of our company and culture.
- Sandra, Section Leader – Feeding Behavior, Nestlé Purina PTC
Cultivating a Culturally Diverse and Inclusive Environment
Select each of the awards or initiatives below for more details.
St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative
The St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative (SLBDI) is a collaborative effort launched in 2001 in efforts to provide the St. Louis business community with strategies, programs and solutions to bring back to their work environments to help promote career development. Associates from Nestlé Purina actively participate in monthly leadership training sessions where they receive the tools and resources needed to develop within their careers.
Nestlé Purina is proud to help veterans of the U.S. military use their unique training and skills within our organization. We are committed to cultivating a culture that embraces veterans in the workplace.
Role Model for The Starkloff Disability Institute
The Starkloff Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting full participation of individuals with disabilities in our society. Nestlé Purina was proudly named a Role Model company by the Starkloff Disability Institute.
Minority Engineer Top 50 Employer
As a Reader's Choice Top 50 Employer by Minority Engineer Magazine, Nestlé Purina honors this award by continuing to exemplify a diverse and inclusive environment, which fuels our ability to remain a leader in the pet care category of the consumer packaged goods industry.
Top 100 Employer
Nestlé Purina was named one of the Top 100 Employers of the Class of 2010 by The Black Collegian, as well as by Diversity Employers Magazine in 2011, 2012 and 2013. This Top Employer award was given based on employers' projected entry-level hires and the majors/educational backgrounds of the individuals in which they recruit.
Corporate Diversity Award
The St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association awarded Nestlé Purina with a Salute to Excellence in Business with a Corporate Diversity Award in 2012.