MIAMI (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Burger King Corp. (NYSE:BKC) has been named to the Working Mother 2010 list of Best Companies for Multicultural Women, which honors companies that are dedicated to bringing more perspectives to the decision-making table by promoting the advancement of multicultural women. The annual Best Companies for Multicultural Women list is also part of the renowned Best Companies program, setting new benchmarks among companies across the United States.
"The BURGER KING(R) family has grown to be such a diverse organization because we have woven diversity and inclusion into our culture and business practices. We are committed to not only recruiting a diverse employee base, but also celebrating their differences and making sure we help them grow both personally and professionally," said Robert Perkins, vice president, inclusion and talent management, BKC. "We are honored to receive this distinction from Working Mother and to be recognized alongside such esteemed companies."
"Keeping cultural inclusiveness top of mind during the economic downturn was a business imperative to the Working Mother Best Companies for Multicultural Women, and as a result, they are reaping the benefits," said Carol Evans, President, Working Mother Media. "Our winners retain star staffers by recognizing that top talent comes from different backgrounds, and it is these diverse perspectives that bring different skills to leadership and fresh solutions to business needs."
BKC was selected as one of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women for its programs and policies actively supporting multicultural employees, including formal mentoring, regular reviews of progress on annual diversity goals, and networking opportunities with senior leaders.
BKC's diversity and inclusion efforts are built on a four-pillar strategy, which encompasses its workforce, community, restaurant guests and operators/suppliers. Within its workforce, 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.
BKC assists in the growth and development of its employees through various workshops, speakers and networking opportunities throughout the year. In addition, the company's Women's Leadership Forum hosts a world-class mentoring program that seeks to promote personal development, career planning, job enrichment and potential for professional advancement by providing employees with one-on-one time with the company's senior executives in mentor-mentee relationships.
Diversity MBA Magazine recently named BKC to its "50 Out Front for Diversity Leadership: Best Places for Diverse Managers To Work" list. In addition, Profiles in Diversity Journal presented Burger King Corp. with its 2010 Diversity Leader Award. In 2009, Burger King Corp. received Profiles in Diversity Journal's Innovations in Diversity Award for the second consecutive year. That same year, LATINA Style named Burger King Corp. to its Honorable Mention list for the publication's 12th annual LATINA Style 50 survey of the best companies for Latinas to work in the United States. Burger King Corp. was also named one of the "40 Best Companies for Diversity" in the 5th Annual Diversity Report presented by BLACK ENTERPRISE.
This year's top 23 Best Companies for Multicultural Women are detailed in Working Mother's June/July issue and at www.workingmother.com.
The BURGER KING(R) system operates more than 12,100 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. (BKC) among America's 1,000 largest corporations and in 2010, Standard & Poor's included shares of Burger King Holdings, Inc. in the S&P MidCap 400 index. BKC was recently recognized by Interbrand on its top 100 "Best Global Brands" list and Ad Week has named it one of the top three industry-changing advertisers within the last three decades.
Working Mother magazine reaches 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers; WorkingMother.com brings to the Web home and career information, advice and a broad range of solutions daily. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Working Mother's signature research initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, the most important benchmark for work-life practices in corporate America. Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corp. (www.bonnier.com), includes the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE, www.nafe.com), Diversity Best Practices (www.diversitybestpractices.com), the WorkLife Congress and the Multicultural Women's Conference and Leadership Summits. Working Mother Media's mission is to serve as a champion of culture change.
SOURCE: Burger King Corp.