Diversity & Inclusion
We value diverse backgrounds and talents and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where all associates can contribute to Sysco's success. On an ongoing basis, we monitor gender, racial and ethnic diversity in our workforce.
Workforce Diversity FY2014
- Total US Associates - 40,277
- The total population of Sysco's US workforce by gender was 79% percent male and 21% percent female. Women represented 23% percent of management-level positions, which we define as Director-level and above.
- People of color constituted 35% percent of Sysco's US workforce and represented 19% of management-level positions, which we define as Director-level and above.
- Across the Sysco Enterprise, women represented 25% and people of color represented 12% of our sales force.
We continue to make progress toward our strategy of ensuring a diverse, inclusive and collaborative work environment. Over the past several years, Sysco has reinforced our commitment to diversity and an inclusive environment by:
- Implementing the One Sysco Performance Management process to increase associate engagement through improved coaching and an open and inclusive work environment;
- Enhancing the Sysco Talent Review process to increase focus on the development of associates and a pipeline of diverse talent;
- Continued to support the development of women leaders, sponsoring participation in programs by the Women Foodservice Forum (WFF);
- Increasing associate engagement and enablement scores across the company, as measured through our Sysco Speaks associate engagement survey.
Diversity and Inclusion Programs
Sysco leverages key programs to help attract, maintain and develop a diverse workforce:
System to Entry-Level Promotion
Sysco's System to Entry-Level Promotion (STEP) program supports associates by providing the training, coaching and professional guidance they need to succeed as Operations Supervisors and District Sales Managers.
Corporate Internship Program
Sysco focuses on building a diverse corporate talent pipeline through its University Internship Program. Over the past 8 years, Sysco's interns have included approximately 50% women and 50% people of color.
Women and minority suppliers have been a source of innovative products and services to Sysco as we continue to broaden our supply base. For more details, read about our Supplier Diversity program.
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- Learning & Development
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- Engaging Our Associates
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Safety & Risk Management
WFF, the foodservice industry's premier leadership development organization, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014. Sysco's leaders sponsored more than 300 Sysco associates who attended the forum's annual conference, which also coincided with the 50th anniversary of Title VII, the Civil Rights Act.