Darden Named One of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality

January 27, 2022

We are proud to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people by encouraging the adoption of inclusive policies and practices. This distinction reinforces our commitment to ensuring an inclusive and diverse culture at Darden, which has been central to our DNA since Mr. Darden opened his first restaurant in 1938.

Each year, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation releases the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) — the nation’s top benchmarking report measuring corporate policies related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:

  •      - Non-discrimination policies across business entities
  •      - Equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families
  •      - Supporting an inclusive culture
  •      - Corporate social responsibility

Darden earned a score of 100 on the 2022 CEI report, meeting every outlined criteria and earning this designation.

“Inclusion and diversity has always been an essential part of Darden’s culture, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace for all of our team members,” said Sarah King, chief people and diversity officer for Darden Restaurants. “We’re proud to be the employer of choice in full-service dining, and this recognition honors our ongoing commitment to creating a work environment where everyone can be their true self,” Sarah added.

Our team members are our greatest competitive advantage, and we celebrate what makes each person unique. We will continue to prioritize our inclusion and diversity efforts not just because it is the right thing to do – but because it makes us better.