Sanderson Farms, Inc. Honored by 2020 Women on Boards
LAUREL, Miss. (June 6, 2019) – Sanderson Farms, Inc. has been named a 2020 Women on Boards Winning ‘W’ Company for the eighth consecutive year.
Winning ‘W’ Companies are recognized by 2020 Women on Boards for having at least 20% of corporate board seats held by women. According to the latest 2020 Women on Boards Gender Diversity Index, which measures companies on the Russell 3000 Index, the percentage of board seats held by women rose to 17.7% in 2018, up from 16.0% in 2017.
Currently, women comprise 35% of those who have a seat on the Sanderson Farms, Inc. board.
“Sanderson Farms is honored to support the goals of 2020 Women on Boards by not only meeting, but exceeding their standards,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. “Our company has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, which we know must start at the top.”
A non-profit education and advocacy campaign, 2020 Women on Boards is committed to raising public awareness about the value of gender-diverse boards with at least 20% women directors.
“We applaud Joe Sanderson, Jr., and the board of Sanderson Farms for engaging the diverse opinions and perspectives of both genders on their board,” said Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO of 2020 Women on Boards. “Studies have shown that the varied perspectives of women are uniquely valuable to corporations and the challenges they face today.”
About Sanderson Farms
Sanderson Farms, Inc., founded in 1947, is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken and other prepared food items. Employing more than 15,000 employees in operations spanning five states and 17 different cities, Sanderson Farms is the third largest poultry producer in the United States. As a company, Sanderson Farms is committed to adopting a fresh approach in everything that we do, not only where products are concerned, but companywide, as well. Though the company has grown in size, it still adheres to the same hometown values of honesty, integrity and innovation that were established when the Sanderson family founded the company back in 1947.
About 2020 Women on Boards
2020 Women on Boards (2020WOB) is a global education and advocacy campaign committed to building public awareness and momentum towards the goal of achieving at least 20% of all public company board seats to be held by women by the year 2020, the milestone 100th anniversary that commemorates the 19th Amendment, when women won the right to vote.