Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work continues to evolve, and our recent materiality assessment reiterated that this is important to many of our key stakeholders. We are making investments, such as the creation of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion function, led by our Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, evolving our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), and solidifying focus areas while working toward a culture and Company workplace environment that is even more inclusive and diverse. Our Company’s senior leaders and board of directors continue to serve an integral role in our diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, providing guidance, oversight and accountability.
Our focus includes the following:
Increase representation of women in leadership
Increase diverse representation in management and leadership
Understand and address what has been referred to as the “broken rung” of leadership
Increase representation of diverse and women-owned franchisees
Continue to drive diversity on the Board of Directors
Our multi-year strategy will help us create a more inclusive and diverse workplace, and we'll continue providing updates to report on our progress
We provide foundational diversity training for all Company managers at our Restaurant Support Center and across field support teams. Our training focus is on developing leadership competence and manager skills that promote diversity and foster an inclusive environment within their teams. All new managers are automatically enrolled in this training as part of their onboarding, and we offer sessions quarterly.
To date, we have worked to minimize the potential impact of implicit bias through training and consistent use of standardized selection processes. Our enhanced partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund complements our existing recruitment efforts with diverse student organizations on other campuses. In addition to our internal resourcing efforts, we have partnered with minority-owned recruitment agencies.
We provide opportunities for growth and development at all levels of our organization. We are fortunate to be able to provide unique development opportunities for employees throughout the year. In addition, our Employee Resource Groups reflect the diversity of our consumers and communities and play an important role in helping our Company employees achieve their full potential, both professionally and personally.