Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We're committed to reflecting the communities we serve and ensuring that all associates can bring their whole selves to work, every day. The lived experiences and unique characteristics of each associate contribute to a robust culture where diversity is celebrated, inclusion is nurtured and a sense of belonging helps everyone thrive and have meaningful experiences.
We support this culture through ongoing awareness and both leader and associate-led efforts, such as our Business Resource Groups (BRG), as well as countless collaborations and partnerships with national and local community organizations.
Honoring Our Heroes
Black History Month is a time to reflect on the rich mosaic of contributions that are woven into the vibrant fabric of our nation's history. It's not just a celebration; it's a time to honor and understand the struggles, triumphs and enduring spirit of the Black community.
This year, we're focusing on heroes: the people who have helped us physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Heroes are important: they represent standing up for what is right, helping those in need and striving to make a positive difference in the world.
In Her Presence Initiative
Organized and led by immigrant women living in Maine, In Her Presence, among many other things, helps immigrant women enter Maine's workforce by improving their level of English proficiency and confidence with the language. As important, In Her Presence is a catalyst for cultural exchange, having a meaningful impact on the communities it serves. In addition to helping many of our associates enter and grow in the workplace, the women of In Her Presence are enriching our culture.
On the occasion of Black History Month, we asked some of our associates who they regard as their personal hero and why.
Sales Associate – South Burlington, VT
"My Assistant Manager, Gisele Fariala, is my hero, because she helps me be better at my job and helps me be a better person. She motivates me, she has high expectations, and I love working to live up to those expectations."
Maintenance Lead – South Portland – Maine Mall, ME
"My husband is my hero. He is very patient, he understands me, and he is very special. I am very fortunate."
Meat & Seafood Manager – Leominster, MA
"Muhammad Ali is my hero. He stood up for what he believed in and lost a lot because of that. But, I believe if more people stood up for what they believe rather than just adapt to the narrative, it would be a far better world."
Deli Sales Manager – Delmar, NY
"My brother's second grade teacher, Gail, is my hero. She helped me during many difficult times in my life, and she embraced us her entire life. A small Irish woman, she was a mother figure to me who showed me that it's important to help people even if it's not something you're planning to do or geared to do. She did it with ease. She was a great hero and mentor in my life."
Assistant Store Manager – Newport, ME
"I would have to say my heroes are my family. My wife, Natusha, humbles me so that I don't get too distracted by my own humor. My daughters, Leah and Penelope, help me focus on the future and are constant reminders that I can overcome any challenge."
Our Programs Reflect Our Values
Throughout the year, we recognize our associate-led Business Resource Groups that support diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Our programs focus on awareness, education and professional growth, including: Ethnicity and Race (Mosaic); LGBTQA+ (FRIENDS); Women; Veterans, Military and Service Members; and Generations.
Additionally, Hannaford's Certified Diverse Supplier Program actively works with businesses owned by women, veterans, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and other groups to ensure robust representation in our stores and among our services.
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, we offered a discount for veterans and active military service members in the community. We also featured bios of some of the many veterans among our employees across the company.
We have long valued the unique perspective and valuable experience that veterans bring to our team. As Maintenance Lead and Navy vet John B. says, "It's a great work environment. I enjoy coming into work every day. I enjoy the job I do. And I couldn't ask for better people to do it with."
Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month is just one way we celebrate our Hispanic associates and community members, and the unique ways they enrich all of our lives. When it comes to heritage, our Hispanic associates are quick to point out food, family and fun are the essence of their culture.
Care is at the heart of culture, and we're thrilled to share a little more about some of our Hispanic associates who are making a difference in our stores, in our communities, and in the lives of everyone they touch.
Hannaford is a place where you can be you. That's a promise we make to our associates, and one we make to the communities we serve. By nurturing safe, inclusive environments, we strive for everyone to have a meaningful experience when they're in one of our stores or offices.
You being you means having LGBTQ+ supportive benefits and an environment where allyship is a top priority.
You being you means that, together, we truly can be Greater than Groceries.
Women's History Month
In recognition of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, throughout the month of March, Hannaford celebrated a number of strong leaders who embrace equity every day.
Each of the women profiled embraces equity by lifting up associates around them. They listen. They mentor. They don't judge. They promote allyship. And, most of all, they enable inclusive environments where women, and others, have the potential to thrive. In their commitment to embracing equity, they are helping Hannaford and all our associates to be Greater than Groceries. #EmbraceEquity
Disabled American Veterans Award
"Hannaford continues to lead with care as one of our core values and there's no better example than our support for the entire veteran community," said Doug Richard, Chair of Hannaford's Veterans and Military Business Resource Group. "To be honored by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) as a Patriot Employer exemplifies this work on the national level and we are extremely proud to be a recipient."
Leader in LGBTQ+ Workplace Inclusion
We're proud to have earned a perfect score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for the past 12 years. This index is the nation's leading benchmarking tool for evaluating a company's LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion policies, serving employees, consumers and investors. It measures companies on criteria including HR policies, engagement, activities and community support.