Forbes teamed up with market research company Statista to identify the companies leading the way by supporting women inside and outside their workforces with their annual ranking of America’s Best Employers for Women.
Surveying 50,000 Americans—30,000 women and 20,000 men working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees— the list focused on several areas. Respondents were asked to rate their organization on criteria such as working conditions, diversity, and if they would recommend their employer to others. Statista additionally asked female respondents to rate their employers on factors such as parental leave, discrimination, pay equality, and nominate organizations in industries outside their own. Executive and board-level representation was also factored into the score.
“We pride ourselves on serving to make lives better, and that starts with our employees,” said Jenn Ricks, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at KeHE Distributors. “Through our Civility Code – listing empathy, trust, equality, and ownership as four key pillars – we demand all employees treat everyone with dignity and respect and address any incivility with courage.”
“Being an Executive Director of Sales and a Co-Chairwoman on Women Empowered at KeHE, I can attest to the fact that this is an incredible place to work” said Amber Mahin-Hammond. “Having relationships with the employees here, I have an inside look at our women’s sense of inclusion and belonging. It is wonderful to see the brand recognized for the dedication we put towards ensuring KeHE is the best place for women to work.”
KeHE is dedicated to the well-being of its employees and ensures that all employees are given the resources they need to thrive. The company offers four weeks of fully paid parental leave to bond with their child and provides a gender-neutral policy available to biological, adoptive, and foster parents. They offer financial coverage for fertility medicine, pregnancy loss benefits, and daycare discounts with a wide network of providers. (Only 6% of companies in the United States offer daycare discounts while 63% of Americans have a household with two working parents.)
Additionally, KeHE offers an extensive reimbursement policy that includes shipping breastmilk for traveling mothers, lactation rooms, and various other family care benefits. The brand ensures equal opportunity for all employees and enforces an inclusive work environment throughout all departments.