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Food Industry Ranks on Human Rights Campaign 2022 Index

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The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has recognized hundreds of businesses that meet all of the criteria to earn a 100 percent rating and the designation of being a 2022 “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality.”

Top-rated employers come from nearly every industry and region of the United States. The CEI rates companies on standards falling under four central pillars: non-discrimination policies across business entities; equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families; supporting an inclusive culture; and corporate social responsibility.

To earn top ratings, these employers took concrete steps to establish and implement comprehensive policies, benefits, and practices that ensure greater equity for LGBTQ+ employees and their families, according to the foundation.

The following companies from the food, beverage, grocery, and restaurant industry made the list:
• Inc.
• Aramark Corp.
• Barilla America Inc.
• Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc.
• Cargill Inc.
• Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.
• Chobani
• Cisco Systems Inc.
• Conagra Brands Inc.
• Danone North America
• Del Monte Foods, Inc.
• DoorDash, Inc.
• E&J Gallo Winery
• Food Lion LLC
• Giant Eagle Inc.
• Hannaford Supermarkets
• Hershey Co.
• Impossible Foods
• Instacart
• Kellogg Co.
• Kraft Heinz Company
• Kroger Co.
• Land O'Lakes Inc.
• Morningstar Inc.
• Nestlé USA Inc.
• Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.
• Starbucks Corp.
• Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, LLC
• Tillamook County Creamery Association

Tim Massa, Kroger's SVP and chief people officer reacted to the retailer's placement on the list with the statement: "We're incredibly honored to receive this recognition, and we're proud of every action our associates and leaders have taken to foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture across The Kroger Family of Companies. We've made tremendous progress and will continue working together to advance our workplace to uplift every associate.”

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