Rick Keyes, CEO at Meijer

What diversity and inclusion means

Diversity is the collective mixture of differences and similarities in our team members.
Inclusion is team members coming together to succeed to better serve our customers.
“Diversity is the Mix…Inclusion is Making the Mix Work”

Fred emphasized the importance of treating everyone with dignity and respect. Diversity and Inclusion guides us to do so. Equity is important at Meijer because we want all team members to have the same opportunity for success. Equity removes barriers that may exist and levels the professional playing field.

Together, we build a family of diverse and inclusive team members reflective of our customers, impact our communities and achieve superior performance.

Meijer is committed to Diversity and Inclusion (DI). We have a DI Council comprised of 16 business partners and leaders providing guidance and oversight to ongoing efforts.

What disability and inclusion means

Please view this video which highlights Meijer’s disability and inclusion efforts.

Value Proposition

Events & Activities

Inforum Center for Leadership
Meijer values participation in Inforum’s Executive Leadership program for high-achieving women with the talent and drive to assume more senior and influential roles and prepare to move into the executive ranks.

An interactive and team-based development program for high potential women early in their careers. In 2016 we participated in their new program NEXT4Vets, a custom leadership program for women Veterans continuing to transition and grow their careers.

In 2016 we expanded the Women in Leadership program from Retail to Manufacturing and IT.

International Women’s Day
Meijer co-sponsors this event at which West Michigan companies come together to celebrate our region as a great place to have a rewarding career with companies that support women.

Black Women Connect
This affinity group of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of commerce offers opportunities for African American women to come together and develop meaningful relationships both professionally and personally. We also partner with Michigan Women’s foundation whose mission is to transform Michigan to achieve equality and empowerment for women and girls.

Michigan Governor’s Hidden Talent Tour for Hiring Individuals with Disability
Governor Snyder featured and highlighted Meijer as a Best Practice Employer due to our development of sustainable best practices employing and valuing team members with disabilities. Meijer celebrates October’s National Disability Employer Awareness Month (NDEAM) by hosting Leadership lunch and learns, panel discussions, and organized volunteering opportunities for local disability organizations. NDEAM allows employers to reflect on the important role disability plays in workforce diversity and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of all skillsets.

Team Member Resource Groups

Young Professionals: #yopro Young Professionals was established to empower Meijer’s community of young professionals. There is an opportunity to improve and develop team member’s professional skills, provide a collaborative network to spark innovation, to become engaged with and impact the communities we serve, as well as build positive peer and mentor relationships.

Women At Meijer: #womenatmeijer Women at Meijer creates an overarching Leadership Council to advise, consult, and support the development and success of Women at Meijer. In addition, Women at Meijer facilitates at least four events per year, including International Women’s Day (In-Forum) with over 100 Women represented.

Meijer Disability Awareness & Advocacy Group: #mdaag The Meijer Disability Awareness and Advocacy Group (mDAAG) aligns itself with the Team Member Resource Groups’ advancement of Meijer’s commitment to respecting and valuing diversity and inclusion by serving as a resource and liaison for all team members on issues of equity. mDAAG will do this by driving programs to Educate, Support and Create Opportunities around empowering all Meijer team members toward greater Disability Awareness and Advocacy.

Meet @ Meijer: To create a community within Meijer to welcome and support new team members and connect them to the greater Meijer organization and West Michigan Community.

Meijer Pride: As part of Meijer’s commitment to our winning strategy, Meijer Pride gives a voice to our LGBT+ team members. We will engage, develop, retain and empower our team through continuous improvement in company policies and the work environment. We will encourage inclusive support and provide networking opportunities for our members.

Mosaic: Create a community that connects, supports and respects our shared experiences and valued differences to the betterment of each other and the business.

Community Recognition

  • 2018 Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) with Meijer scoring 95%
  • 2015-2017 thirty-nine Meijer women received Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery Award
  • 2018 Disability Equality Index (DEI) Best Places to Work with Meijer scoring 100%
  • 2017 Champion Award from Opportunities for Ohioans
  • 2017 Lakeshore Ability Award winner
  • 2016 Exemplary Employer Award from the State of Wisconsin

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