MIAMI (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Black Enterprise magazine has named Burger King Corp. (NYSE:BKC) one of the "40 Best Companies for Diversity" in the publication's 5th Annual Diversity Report. BKC was included in the prestigious listing for the second consecutive year for demonstrating strength in the diversity of its employee and supplier base.
"We have ensured that inclusion and diversity are woven into our company's business strategy as well as our culture," said John Chidsey, chairman and chief executive officer, Burger King Corp. "We are proud of our supplier diversity program, as well as the culture we've created at Burger King Corp. that makes our company a great place to work. We are honored to be recognized for our efforts by such a respected publication as Black Enterprise."
Burger King Corp. has built its inclusion efforts around a four-pillar strategy led by the executive team that encompasses its workforce, community, guests and operators/suppliers. The company is dedicated to recruiting, retaining and developing its employees from diverse backgrounds, as well as creating a workplace where everyone can thrive both personally and professionally. In addition, Burger King Corp. strives to create business opportunities in the BURGER KING(R) system for qualified suppliers owned by women and minorities because they are an important driver of the brand's success.
"It's an honor to be recognized for the second year by Black Enterprise as a diversity leader," said Robert Perkins, vice president, inclusion and talent management, Burger King Corp. "We are proud that our efforts and accomplishments have garnered the attention of such a prominent and established publication for African American professionals as Black Enterprise."
The "40 Best Companies for Diversity" list is included in the July 2009 edition of Black Enterprise and is a comprehensive analysis of the top 1,000 publicly-traded companies and 50 leading global companies with U.S. operations.
BLACK ENTERPRISE (BE), your ultimate source for wealth creation, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, Black Enterprise magazine provides 4.3 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces radio and television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media. Black Enterprise is the definitive source of information for and about African American business markets and leaders, and the authority on black business news and trends.
The BURGER KING(R) system operates more than 11,800 restaurants in all 50 states and in 74 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. Approximately 90 percent of BURGER KING(R) restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. In 2008, Fortune magazine ranked Burger King Corp. among America's 1,000 largest corporations and Ad Week named it one of the top three industry-changing advertisers within the last three decades. Through its BK Positive StepsSM corporate responsibility program, the BURGER KING(R) system is committed to being a socially responsible brand in all areas of its business - food, people, the environment and corporate governance.
SOURCE: Burger King Corp.