April 1, 2022 – Retail Business Services, the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA, recently announced that it has launched a Diversity, Equity & Inclusive (DE&I) Council, which is charged with driving awareness, adoption and acceleration of the company’s DE&I strategy and supporting the commitment to create a workplace where every associate feels they belong.
Led by RBS President Roger Wheeler, who serves as Chair, and DE&I Manager Valencia Seals, Vice Chair, the council includes representation from each of the company’s Business Resource Groups (BRGs), five at-large members, the RBS leadership team and DE&I Coordinator Carley James, who serves as coordinator of the council. Together, they leverage a wide variety of perspectives to make an impact.
“At Retail Business Services, we hold ourselves accountable for fostering an environment where all associates feel welcome and know they work for a company where they belong,” Roger said. “In standing up the council, we will further our journey and accelerate action.”
The group will collaborate over the course of a two-year term to share insights that inform the RBS DE&I journey, identify opportunities to build the culture of belonging and help to create action plans that leverage opportunities and overcome barriers.
“The DE&I team is excited to partner with this diverse group of individuals to further our progress,” Valencia said. “We’re looking forward to leveraging their unique experiences and insights to inform our DE&I strategy, and we are grateful for their commitment to furthering DE&I at Retail Business Services.”
Later this spring, RBS will release its second annual DE&I Progress Report, which gives associates a transparent view into how the company is progressing on its DE&I journey, working on a set of defined measures.