Cargill's Global Head of DE&I: Leveraging ERGs and BRGs

Demetha Sanders, Cargill’s Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, shared insights on initiatives her organization has implemented to measure DE&I, on the power of moments of inclusion, and about Cargill’s approach to inclusive hiring and training. Primarily an agriculture company, Cargill is one of the largest privately held firms in the world and has a team of 160,000 professionals in 70 countries. They combine 153 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries.

The first part of this call provided an opportunity for attendees to share their feelings and experiences involving the recent fatal shooting of Duante Wright by the Minneapolis police, as well as other top systemic bias and social injustice incidents that are currently dominating U.S. media. The discussion then move into an insightful interview with Sanders about the role she plays in DE&I and how Cargill is implementing DEI metrics and scorecards, collecting and sharing moments of inclusion, addressing diverse representation, and leveraging ERGs/BRGs. Significant time was devoted to Cargill’s moments of inclusion and how they have changed the organization and advanced their mission towards greater diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Some highlights:

  • How is Cargill holding leaders accountable? How do they measure accountability when it comes to inclusion? Sanders explained some of how Cargill’s DE&I scorecard worked and some of the data they collect to support it.
  • Sanders also shared stories around moments of inclusion at Cargill, including how one suggestion from a U.S. facility helped change the equipment labeling used by a machine manufacturing vendor in Germany.

There was also discussion about how ERGs/BRGs are supported at Cargill and what Sanders sees as some of the most impactful practices in driving a global DE&I program.

This month's featured guest is Demetha Sanders, Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity at Cargill

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