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Source: Kellogg Company news release

Kellogg Company has again been recognized as a top company for diversity, advancing to No. 31 on DiversityInc's "Top 50 Companies for Diversity" list this year.

This is the third consecutive year Kellogg has received this recognition, having recently progressed in rankings from No. 49 in 2012 to No. 32 in 2013.

Additionally, the company was ranked on DiversityInc's specialty lists for the first time, receiving such honors as No. 3 on the top companies for diversity councils and No. 6 among top companies for employee resource groups.

DiversityInc, a global organization that brings education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity, considers four core areas in evaluating companies for its Top 50 list: the CEO's commitment to diversity and inclusion; human capital; corporate and organizational communication on diversity-related issues; and supplier diversity. A more rigorous methodology and increased participation in the analysis has made this process increasingly more competitive each year.

"To grow our business and fuel our future, Kellogg Company must invest in and build our categories and brands globally, and to do that we need creativity from our talented, diverse workforce," said John Bryant, Kellogg Company President and Chief Executive Officer. "Innovative foods that enrich and delight the world come from a culture that fosters inclusion, respects ideas and values diversity of thought."

The DiversityInc honor comes as the company also was recently recognized by 2020 Women on Boards, a nonprofit campaign committed to increasing the percentage of women in corporate governance. The organization lists Kellogg among its "Winning Companies" that understand the importance of board diversity and have 20 percent or more women on its board of directors.

This year, Kellogg announced the appointment of two additional women to its Board of Directors.

The company's board representation now consists of 58 percent men and 42 percent women, more than double the Fortune 500 company average of 16.9 percent of board seats held by women. In 2013, the company also promoted three more women to its Global Leadership Team, for a total of eight women.

"Everyone wants to contribute in meaningful ways and have equal opportunities to succeed. We also want to do this while being our true selves in the workplace," said Mark King, Global Head, Diversity and Inclusion. "A culture that understands our differences and embraces them is how Kellogg brings our best to the workplace and marketplace, and ultimately how we achieve growth."

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