The goal of ADM's various diversity initiatives is to foster an inclusive culture in which our employees, business partners and suppliers can access valuable financial and professional opportunities and enable ADM to address complex business challenges.
In 2010, our spending with businesses owned wholly or primarily by members of traditionally disadvantaged groups increased 16 percent over the prior year, to US$450 million.
In addition, with a view to building a more diverse work force, ADM recruits top talent from historically black colleges and universities, including North Carolina A&T, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Tuskegee University and Tennessee State University. And to help ensure a steady supply of talented, well prepared graduates, we have initiated diversity scholarship programs with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Kansas State University, The Ohio State University’s multicultural program, the National FFA Association and Agriculture Future of America. For these efforts and others, ADM was honored in 2010 by Diversity Careers in Engineering and Information Technology magazine with a Reader’s Choice award for Best Diversity Companies.
ADM also sponsors or participates in a host of career fairs, including Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences; the Society of Women Engineers; Latinos for Hire; the American Association of Blacks in Energy; and the National Society of Black Engineers.