LAUREL, Miss. — 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.”

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