Diversity & Inclusion
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Diversity Recognition
Darden's commitment to diversity and inclusion has been recognized by numerous prestigious organizations. Here are just a few of the honors bestowed on the company:
  • Corporate Salute Award for Embracing Gender Diversity,
    Women Executive Leadership
  • SOAR Award for providing opportunity, advancement and recognition for female leaders,
    Women’s Foodservice Forum
  • Justice for All Award,
    American Association for People with Disabilities
  • Top 25 Companies for Supplier Diversity,
    Hispanic Business Magazine
  • Top 60 Companies for Hispanics,
    Hispanic Business
  • Top 50 Employers in the United States for Hispanic Women,
    Latina Style
  • 40 Best Companies for Diversity,
    Black Enterprise
  • Top 50 Companies for Diversity,
  • Faces of Diversity Inspiration Award from the National Restaurant Association, 2007.
Darden’s vibrant culture embraces diversity and inclusion as business imperatives. This spirit of inclusiveness is woven into our strong, values-based culture that we believe gives us a competitive advantage.

We are proud of our long history and commitment to diversity and inclusion which can be traced to our founder, Bill Darden. When Bill opened his first restaurant in 1938 in Waycross, Ga., he welcomed anyone as a guest. This courageous move came during a time when racial segregation and discrimination across the South denied African Americans their constitutional rights, including access to all public facilities such as restaurants.

In addition to opening his doors to everyone, Bill also made sure his workforce reflected the makeup of the local community. Beyond being the right thing to do, he understood that having a diverse base of guests and employees was good for business.

Today, diversity remains a core value for Darden, and we embrace and celebrate the diversity of our guests, employees, suppliers, and the communities we serve.

We strongly believe in helping everyone at Darden achieve his or her full potential. By fostering a diverse workforce, and providing employees not simply with jobs, but an opportunity to build rewarding careers, we are able to deliver on our core purpose "to nourish and delight everyone we serve" while creating a vibrant organization.

To maximize our potential, Darden has implemented a number of programs focused around the diversity of our workforce, suppliers and local communities. They include:

Diversity Outreach
We are proud to partner with diverse nonprofit organizations whose educational programs help to improve the communities where we live and work.
Supplier Diversity
We are dedicated to providing opportunities for diverse suppliers, allowing them to develop and grow.
Workforce Diversity
We continuously work to attract and retain a workforce that reflects our diverse customer base. To achieve these goals, we offer robust diversity training, a supportive employee network, and enforce accountability standards for everyone.