Arby’s only QSR on Fortune's list of best workplaces for diversity

Dec. 6, 2017

The only QSR to land on Fortune 's 2017 list of the top 100 workplaces for diversity — Arby's Restaurant Group — is also the highest-ranked brand solely devoted to restaurant operations to make the cut. The company landed in the top quarter at No. 22, and although Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants finished at No. 7, it is largely a hotel company. 

For Arby's, this distinction follows another big win from the Fortune listmakers earlier this year for the brand when the magazine selected it for both the 100 best workplaces for millennials, as well as 100 best for women. This is the first time though it has ever achieved a top spot on that diversity list, a news release said. 

"We believe that only through a diverse workforce can we ensure that we have the best talent," Chief People Officer Melissa Strait, said in the release. "Embracing diversity of background and thought strengthens our organization by allowing us to deliver exceptional service for our guests and strong results for our stakeholders."

The company said 79 percent of its employees are either millennials or their younger counterparts —  Gen Z. Additionally, 59 percent are women and 51 percent are classified as minorities.  

"This is a business priority for us, and I'm proud of the progress we've made." CEO Paul Brown said in the release. 

Fortune polls more than 400,000 employees at organizations it certifies as great places to work on more than 50 on-the-job elements including professional development, behaviors linked to innovation, leadership confidence, and consistent treatment among employees of different backgrounds. Complete rankings can be found here. 


Topics: Human Resources, Workforce Management


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