Southeastern Grocers Inc. is celebrating its diverse communities and advocating for belonging and inclusion by sponsoring four Pride festivals throughout its home state of Florida.
As a people-first company dedicated to fostering a culture of belonging and inclusion, SEG is committed to elevating local organizations that share its passion for honoring differences and strengthening communities. The grocer’s sponsorship of River City Pride in Jacksonville, Miami Beach Pride, Come Out with Pride in Orlando and Pride on the River in Tampa will amplify the voices of the LGBTQ+ community and support the organizations in their missions to empower authentic living, educate the broader society and eliminate long-standing barriers.
“At Southeastern Grocers, we wholeheartedly embrace our diverse associates, customers and communities and commit to cultivating an inclusive environment within our company and in the neighborhoods we serve,” said Elizabeth Thompson, chief people officer of Southeastern Grocers. “We proudly support our LGBTQ+ family by advocating for positive change to create a more equitable society and empowering everyone to be their true, authentic selves. When we stand together, love wins,”
In addition to being a supporter of Pride Month, SEG also observes National Coming Out Day and has celebrated the day with country music artist and LGBTQ+ activist Chely Wright. SEG annually observes and celebrates Black History Month, Juneteenth, Hispanic Heritage Month, Women’s History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, MLK Day and Veterans Day. Many celebrations are led and organized by one of SEG’s seven associate resource groups which include: Women’s Development Network, Emerging Leaders, SEG Pride, Pa’lante, African Americans FOCUS, ASPIRE (Asian & Pacific Islander associates) and Military Families.
SEG is a Gold Partner of the National Diversity Council for seven years, a member of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, a supporter of the National Diversity Council CEO Antiracism Pledge and a supporter of LGBTQ Workplace Equality as a Corporate Equality Index participant.
To help associates, customers and communities celebrate diversity, SEG has launched several initiatives to provide inspiration and opportunities for all community members to break barriers and push for equity. SEG, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, also implemented programs to help associates in need and to support causes they are passionate about. SEG Cares, an associate-funded foundation, has supported more than 1,000 associates since its inception in 2013.
SEG is the parent company of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores.
Those interested in joining the SEG family are encouraged to visit segrocers.com.