Throughout 2021, Hormel Foods Corporation received numerous awards from publications, including Newsweek magazine (America’s Most Responsible Companies), Selling Power (50 Best Companies to Sell For) and Military Times (Best for Vets). Forbes can now be added to that list as the magazine recently announced that the company ranks as one of the World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies.
Officials with Hormel Foods stated in a news release that the company has long promoted and supported a female-friendly culture, including employee resource groups such as Hormel Foods Women in Leadership and Women’s Insight Network. These groups are focused on continuing the work of the company to advance female-forward opportunities and programs. Additionally, the company recently announced two new female senior leadership appointments, including Jacinth Smiley, who was recently named executive vice president and chief financial officer and Wendy Watkins, named senior vice president and chief communications officer. The company’s leadership and officer group includes 11 women; five at the senior leadership level, including Deanna Brady, who leads the company’s largest business segment as executive vice president and group vice president of Refrigerated Foods.
Forbes teamed with market research company Statista to identify companies leading the way when it comes to supporting women inside and outside of their workforces.
To compile the inaugural list, Statista surveyed 85,000 women in 40 countries. Respondents were asked to rate their employers’ performance on gender-related criteria and their willingness to recommend their employer to others. They were also asked to evaluate other employers in their respective industries. Respondents rated companies based on their corporate responsibility, marketing campaigns and public perception, as related to gender equality. The final list ranks the 300 companies that received the most recommendations and boast the most gender-diverse boards and executive ranks.