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Coborn’s Joins CEO Action For Diversity, Inclusion Coalition

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St. Cloud, Minnesota-based Coborn’s has announced that Chris Coborn, chairman and CEO, has joined the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion coalition.

The organization is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to drive action and change in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.

By signing this commitment, the grocer’s joins a partnership of more than 2,200 CEOs pledging to cultivate an environment where all ideas are welcomed and employees feel comfortable to have discussions about diversity and inclusion.

Austin Vogler, talent, culture and human resources manager, introduced the pledge as part of the company’s diversity and inclusion action plan that was presented to store directors, senior company leadership and members of the board at the company’s recent strategic planning retreat. 

“While our company’s core value of dignity and respect sets the expectation for an inclusive culture, our communities, guests, and most importantly our employees, want and need to see, hear and feel our brand promise of being the greatest place to work,” Vogler said.

“Joining the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion coalition provides us with the opportunity to share with and learn from other organizations who are at various stages in their diversity, equity and inclusion journey and this pledge itself complements our plans for future work in this area.”

Coborn’s is a 101-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with nearly 10,000 employees and 66 grocery stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Michigan under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods, Hornbacher’s and Tadych’s Marketplace Foods banners. Coborn’s also operates fuel, liquor and pharmacy locations.

To support its 200 various retail business units, Coborn’s operates a central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2021, Coborn’s was named The Shelby Report of the Midwest’s Retailer of the Year.

To learn more about this pledge, visit ceoaction.com/pledge/ceo-pledge.

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