At Darden, we constantly look to enhance diversity among our suppliers. We firmly believe our supplier base should mirror our guest and employee populations. That is why we work diligently to provide opportunities for diverse suppliers to develop and grow their businesses. We also believe that by supporting the growth of these businesses, we are contributing to the economic vitality of the country. To this end, we strive to give businesses of diverse ownership an equal opportunity to compete with all other suppliers.
Our Supplier Diversity initiative, which focuses on women- and minority-owned businesses, is the major driver behind Darden’s efforts to bring about diversity awareness and opportunities within our supplier network. In order to achieve the goals we feel are morally and ethically right for our business, we actively support the National Minority Supplier Development Council and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. We work with these organizations to ensure that Darden incorporates minority- and women-owned businesses in all of its purchasing decisions. We also work with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to certify suppliers who meet the diversity standards we believe are so important to uphold.