Yum! Brands Presents Inaugural Supplier Diversity Award To Recognize Diversity And Inclusion Leadership In Supply Chain
May 19, 2015
Yum! presented its inaugural Supplier Diversity Award to The BAMA Companies, Inc. (BAMA) at their annual supply chain awards.The Supplier Diversity Award was created to honor a supplier demonstrating significant leadership in the area of diversity and inclusion. For more than 20 years, BAMA, a woman-owned business enterprise, has been a leading and valued supplier of quality baked goods to KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. They have demonstrated a strong commitment to driving diversity and inclusion efforts in their organization.
“We believe it’s critical to reflect the community’s diversity in all that we do, including our supply chain. I’m pleased to recognize BAMA with our first Supplier Diversity Award for their outstanding contributions to our business, and for demonstrating that diversity and inclusion is a business imperative,” said Greg Creed, Chief Executive Officer, Yum! Brands, Inc.
Other key diversity and inclusion initiatives include:
- Holding Unconscious Bias training, hosted by James Fripp, Senior Director of Yum! Global Diversity & Inclusion, and facilitated by Howard J. Ross, author and thought leader on culture, leadership and innovation. The training helped attendees be better employees and colleagues by reflecting on what causes biases, acknowledging them and understanding how they impact decision-making.
- Offering a Minority Lending Program to diverse prospective franchisees, providing access to capital so they may enter the system if they are otherwise qualified.
- Fostering Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) in the areas of: International Professionals, LGBT Professionals, Multicultural Professionals, Women Professionals and Young Professionals. Additional ERGs will be created to meet the interests and needs of employees.
- Celebrating World Day for Cultural Diversity to raise awareness about the importance of inclusion, understand different cultures and recognize the uniqueness of people from different cultures, including Yum! employees globally.