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Tyson Foods Holds First Supplier Inclusion Summit

Tyson Foods supplier inclusion summit

Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods’ first Supplier Inclusion Summit on June 20 brought together more than 25 customers, partners and potential suppliers for conversations about building and nurturing a diverse supply chain.

“We are proud to work with companies like Tyson Foods that share our views on diversity and inclusion,” said Jim Morris, owner and CEO of Morris Packaging and Heartland Supply Company.

“It is essential to have partners who understand the benefits of having a diverse workforce and who are committed to creating a more inclusive society. As we continue to grow and evolve, we will remain steadfast in our efforts to create a workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.”

The summit began with an evening reception hosted by Tyson leadership and included a full day of networking opportunities with company leadership, matchmaking between suppliers for enhanced partnerships, supplier enrichment sessions and a featured panel discussion with leaders from the company’s customers. 

Paul Davis, Tyson’s VP and chief equity, inclusion and diversity officer, expressed the company’s gratitude to all those who attended.

“The collaboration across the value chain speaks to the importance of strategic sourcing to build economic empowerment within our supply chain,” he said in a statement. “Also, our customers and suppliers were able to discuss and learn best practices in diversity program management to ensure effective collaboration on ways to innovate and better serve the consumer. 

“Diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels is necessary to build a more sustainable food system and industry.”

Recently, Tyson received several awards by NAMI for its work to promote and implement a diversity, equity and inclusion strategy.

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