Delhaize America Among Top Companies for Progress

Delhaize America has come in 10th on the DiversityInc 2017 Top 11 Companies for Progress, a subset of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, which has been issued annually since 2001. The ranking recognizes those companies that excel in such areas as hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT people and veterans.

“We are proud to receive this recognition, which reinforces our commitment to cultivating an inclusive culture for all associates and customers throughout Delhaize America and its local brands, Food Lion and Hannaford,” said Millette Granville, director of diversity and inclusion and associate engagement at Salisbury, N.C.-based Delhaize America, who accepted the honor on behalf of the company at a May 2 event in New York.

“There are simply not enough qualified people to hire,” noted Luke Visconti, founder and CEO of Princeton, N.J.-based DiversityInc. “A company’s ability to find the best and brightest, advance and retain them equitably is a decisive competitive advantage. The DiversityInc Top 50 have a decisive metrics-evidenced ability to treat people more fairly than other large companies. They also have a greater-than-average return for their shareholders.”

This year’s survey featured two new questions, greater emphasis on fairness over chasing numbers and more sophisticated analysis from DiversityInc’s data scientists.

Retailers that made the Top 50 list were Target (No. 22) and CVS Health (No. 50), and CPG companies Johnson & Johnson (No. 5), Procter & Gamble (No. 13), Kellogg Co. (No. 28), Colgate-Palmolive (No. 35), and McCormick & Co. (No. 45) were included as well. Delhaize America was the only grocer to make the Top Companies for Progress list.

Delhaize America companies include Food Lion and Hannaford, operating more than 1,200 stores along the East Coast and employing more than 96,000 full- and part-time associates. The company is part of Ahold Delhaize, an international grocery retailer based in Zaandam, Netherlands.