West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee has been named to Forbes’ annual list of America’s Best Employers for Veterans.
The list was determined through an independent survey by Statista, a statistics portal and industry ranking provider, that included about 7,000 American veterans working for companies employing at least 1,000 people within the U.S.
Participants were asked to give their opinion on a series of statements related to topics regarding their own employer, including atmosphere and development, image, working conditions, salary and wage, workplace and diversity, as well as a set of topics related specifically to the interests of veterans in the workplace.
Hy-Vee has been a supporter of active-duty military members and veterans, establishing the Hy-Vee Homefront program in 2013 that partners with customers and communities to increase awareness for and support of organizations that serve veterans, active-duty military members and their families.
Homefront Round Up, held every November, matches all customer donations up to $100,000 with all proceeds benefitting Hope for the Warriors, Operation First Response, American Red Cross and the Puppy Jake Foundation. To date, Hy-Vee has raised more than $2.7 million for veteran organizations.
From 6-10 a.m. on Nov. 11, the retailer will serve a free breakfast to all veterans and active-duty military members at Hy-Vee stores. Additionally, veterans and active-duty military members will receive 15 percent off their grocery purchase on Veterans Day when they shop at Hy-Vee and Dollar Fresh Market locations.
“As part of our mission to be the best place to work in America, we are honored to receive this recognition for our efforts in recruiting and retaining individuals who have dedicated their lives to protecting and defending ours,” said Jeremy Gosch, CEO and president of Hy-Vee. “This award reinforces our commitment to supporting veterans and active-duty military members as they transition to civilian life.”
Earlier this year, Hy-Vee joined the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support Program. It also received the Disabled American Veterans Patriot Award for its recruiting, retainment and career-building efforts for disabled veterans, active-duty and veteran employees. The retailer also received the Chairman’s Award of Corporate Excellence from the national nonprofit Hope for the Warriors.
To view the full list of employers chosen by Forbes, click here.