Report: CPG Executives Warming Up To DEI Efforts

Aug. 29, 2021
The report is part of a study done by Deloitte, in collaboration with FMI-The Food Industry Association, which asked food industry executives where things were headed with diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Deloitte, in collaboration with FMI-The Food Industry Association, surveyed 150 US-based executives in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) good industry in 2021 to find out what they felt the state of the food industry workforce was. The study, called The Future of Work (FoW), examined executives' attitudes toward the changing workforce of the food and beverage industry.

The research uncovered the prominence diversity plays in developing the current workforce, with 68% of respondents indicating that diversity and inclusion training is what their organizations were currently engaging in to prepare for future workforce challenges. 11% indicated their companies were advocating for public policies that would support the future of workforce challenges. The study also found that 86% of senior leaders at CPG companies felt one of their highest priorities was to make significant progress on their DEI goals.

One area for improvement, the survey noted, involved diversity and inclusion at the leadership level, with 65% of leaders indicating their company's leadership is not representative of the greater population. 

The study concluded that to differentiate their brands to prospective employees and customers, industry leaders will not only need to look internally at their DEI efforts, but also "broaden their efforts" externally by way of taking a better look at society as a large.

About the Author

Erin A. Hallstrom

Erin Hallstrom oversaw our digital content strategy for the Food Processing brand from 2008-2023. She is now the Associate Director of SEO Strategy for Endeavor Business Media, where she holds technical certifications in both website analytics and search engine optimization. Most recently, she was named the 2022 Marianne Dekker Mattera Award Winner

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