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 6th Annual Diversity Report, which is a comprehensive analysis of the top 1,000 publicly-traded companies and 50 leading global companies with U.S. operations. This is the third consecutive year BKC has been recognized for demonstrating diversity among the company's suppliers and employees.
"At Burger King Corp., we have always strived to foster an inclusive work environment and have ensured that inclusion and diversity are woven into not only our business strategy, but also our culture," said Robert Perkins, vice president, inclusion and talent management, Burger King Corp. "We are proud to see such efforts come to fruition, and we are honored to be recognized by such an esteemed publication as Black Enterprise."
BKC has dedicated considerable effort to creating a diverse culture in the workplace. Centering on four key pillars led by the executive team, BKC's inclusion efforts focus on the workforce, community, restaurant guests and operators/suppliers. Recognizing the powerful impact of diversity within the brand, BKC continually strives to create business opportunities in the BURGER KING(R) system for qualified suppliers owned by women and minorities and is committed to recruiting, retaining and developing its employees from various backgrounds through workshops, speakers and various networking opportunities.
"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," Perkins said. "By continually recognizing and appreciating the differences in each individual, BKC is committed to helping our employee base grow both personally and professionally."
In addition, BKC was recently named to the Working Mother 2010 list of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women, which honored 23 companies that are dedicated to bringing more perspectives to the decision-making table by promoting the advancement of multicultural women.
The BURGER KING(R) system operates more than 12,150 restaurants in all 50 states and in 75 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 2010, Fortune magazine ranked Burger King Corp. (BKC) among America's 1,000 largest corporations and 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.
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.
SOURCE: Burger King Corporation