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Diversity & Inclusion

  • We are working to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace by fostering a culture of inclusion and empathy through open dialogue, effective associate training, and by honoring holidays and special events that speak to our associates’ identities.
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Innovation thrives when there is unity and respect for diverse backgrounds and perspectives.



    Our Approach

  • We are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace and have developed an action plan to make measurable, lasting change under three core pillars:


  • Our World

    Leading change across our industry and in the food system

  • Our Communities

    Addressing food insecurity through financial, in-kind, and volunteer support

  • Our People

    Activating change at home through listening, learning, and accountability

  • In 2022, our CEO, Sandy Douglas, joined other CEOs to pledge his commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in our workplace. The CEO pledge outlines a specific set of actions the signatory CEOs will take to cultivate a trusting environment where all ideas are welcomed and employees feel comfortable and empowered to have discussions about diversity and inclusion.
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Diversity Council


UNFI’s Diversity Council reflects a broad spectrum of diversity, supporting associate and enterprise-wide efforts toward (including, but not limited to) race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, religion, disability status, sexual orientation, veteran status, and professional backgrounds. Working alongside UNFI executives, the Council drives Diversity & Inclusion goals and objectives by lending its perspective, experience, and resources to various initiatives across UNFI and in our communities.

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Belonging and Innovation Groups


UNFI’s Belonging and Innovation Groups create spaces for associates to build community, mentorship, and professional development programming and partnerships. We currently have 6 BIGs – Adelante (Hispanic & Latinx Network), BUILT (Black UNFI Leaders of Today), DREAM (Disability Resources, Equity, Allyship, and Mentorship), PRIDE (LGBTQ+ Network), VIP (Veterans Initiative Program), and WIN (Women’s Integrated Network)

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Goals & Commitments


  • Increase diversity in leadership roles across the company
  • Implement the UNFI Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan with a focus on Building the Workforce of the Future, Investing in Diverse Communities, and Growing our Supplier Diversity Program