Our commitment goes beyond diversity.
Research shows that truly diverse teams outperform their non-diverse counterparts both financially and in decision-making efficiency. While these are some of the many benefits of diverse teams, they are not the reason we promote diversity and inclusion at Sonoco. We believe people build businesses by doing the right thing. Creating a diverse workforce within an inclusive environment is the right thing to do.
And though having a diverse workforce is important, it's not enough. See how we’re strategically fighting against unconscious bias and working to establish practices that make individuals from diverse backgrounds feel accepted, welcomed and fairly treated.
Perspective makes us stronger.
We proudly welcome unique perspectives at Sonoco, and we believe that our people should be as diverse as our customers. We speak 18 languages, and our people-first philosophy remains the same. We only seek suppliers who share our beliefs and invest 10% of every dollar in diversity initiatives. People love working here because their ideas are heard and encouraged, regardless of background or level.
We have established the Diversity & Inclusion Council because of our drive to do the right thing and build a work environment that makes diverse people—in all meanings of the word—know they are respected and included.
Sonoco Diversity & Inclusion Council
The council’s mission is to create a diverse workforce within an inclusive environment by sponsoring and guiding the activities of the Resource Groups (RGs) below and fostering diversity & inclusion education, awareness and communication throughout Sonoco globally.
A comfortable, safe workplace where you're free to be yourself.
We view diversity & inclusion as the responsibility of the whole company, not just HR. We want to foster teams of high performers who feel included and secure enough at work to share the next solution to a problem, and who have every opportunity to use their talent, skills, passion and creativity to grow themselves, their careers and our Company.
Sonoco was proud to host its first Week of Understanding in 2021. Our Resource Groups facilitated events using educational materials created by CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion (of which Sonoco is member). More than 1,400 employees participated in the events which were designed to foster personal growth and conversations centered on diversity and inclusion.
In 2020 Sonoco’s D&I Council added the Black Employees@Sonoco RG. During the year, this group conducted educational programs during Black History month and Juneteenth as well as sponsoring a week of community service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Sonoco’s LGBT+ RG celebrated Pride Month in June. A series of events focused on the importance of Pride Month, allyship and creating a safe space where everyone can bring their best selves to work.