Each year, we partner with more than 10,000 suppliers to help make our food and effectively run our business. We rely on a wide range of suppliers—from peanut farmers in Georgia, to a label printer in Philadelphia, to staffing agencies across the country.
As part of our Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) strategy, we’ve made a commitment to increase our diverse spending by 25% over the next three years through our Supplier Diversity Program.
Supplier diversity is a proactive program that encourages partnerships and contracts with businesses that are owned by a historically underrepresented or underserved group.
A diverse supplier is a business that is at least 51% owned or operated by someone who is:
We launched our Supplier Diversity Program in 2005 to grow an inclusive and socially responsible workplace and build stronger, more equitable communities. Our intent is to develop a supplier base that reflects the demographic diversity of our employees and our consumers. We’re increasing our efforts to actively build a pipeline of diverse suppliers to make our sourcing process more inclusive and with more robust tracking capabilities to measure our progress.
We’ve called Camden, New Jersey home for over 150 years, so as part of this strategy, we’ve also pledged to increase our procurement spend with New Jersey-based small and diverse suppliers by 25% by 2025.
Building a network of diverse partners is good for business because they bring the creative solutions, innovative approaches, and variety of perspectives we need to build a thriving, sustainable business.
We partner with diverse suppliers like Innovation Marketing Communication’s Phoenix Lithography, a Philadelphia-based company that has provided us with commercial print services, packaging and packaging labels for over 10 years. Their corporation is made up of veteran-owned, minority-owned, and woman-owned businesses that credit their diversity for the capabilities and expertise they’re able to offer companies.
Baldwin Richardson Foods is a Black-owned business that makes fruit fillings for our Pepperidge Farm Linzer and Verona cookies. Like many businesses, the pandemic has been a challenge for them this past year, but one of the bright spots has been “connecting with customers in a collaborative and transparent way and really exercising our ability to be agile and flexible,” said Cara Hughes, Senior Director of Sales, Marketing, and Innovation at Baldwin Richardson.
Over 40 years ago, we started working with George Chiala Farms as an ingredient supplier for our soups, sauces and beverages. Based in California, this certified women-owned and family-run business provides us with purees and vegetables like peppers, garlic, kale, and leeks. They’re majority owned by Alice Chiala and her daughters Christi and Nicole.
“My mom took ownership of the company when my father passed away, and she continues to work hard every day to drive its success, keeps us all humble, and makes sure all of our employees and facilities are taken care of,” said daughter Christi Chiala. “I was the one who applied for the women-owned business certification, because the entire family and company is so proud of everything my mom, Alice, has done for George Chiala Farms.”
Interested in becoming a supplier for Campbell? Learn more about our Supplier Diversity Program and complete a Supplier Interest Form.
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