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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We are setting the table for genuine connections

 

Our Principles & Beliefs, the guiding values at Bloomin’ Brands, state that “We believe in the sanctity of the individual, the value of diversity and inclusion, and in treating people with kindness, respect, and understanding.”  Our culture is founded on respecting and valuing every person, including but not limited to differences in gender, race, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, ability, or age.

As a hospitality company, the goal for our restaurants and our Restaurant Support Center is to cultivate a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment that celebrates diverse backgrounds and provides equitable access to opportunity. 

We deliver on this by ensuring everyone is trained, understands, and is held accountable for the role they play in making our restaurants a place where everyone is valued for who they are and what they bring to the table

 

TOGETHER, WE DRIVE DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION THROUGH:​

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LEADERSHIP & TALENT DEVELOPMENT

Attracting, developing, and promoting Team Members who reflect the communities we serve at all levels of leadership

 

HOW WE'RE DOING IT:

  • Engaging with national organizations and local communities to increase our pipeline of racially diverse talent – approximately 48% of our restaurant Team Members identify as people of color (POC)
  • Increasing representation and diversity in management – approximately 30% and 36% of our management teams identify as POC and women, respectively
  • With approximately 78% of our hourly Team Members identifying as POC and/or women, we are committed to investing in leadership development to see them achieve their fullest potential
  • Providing diversity data and insights to eliminate bias in all phases of our Talent Lifecycle – approximately 66% of restaurant management promotions have been women and/or POC
  • Sponsoring DE&I programs at the Leadership level such as the Women of Color Effective LeadHERship Development program and the McKinsey Black Leadership Academy Program
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TRAINING & EDUCATION​

Strengthening our training and education programs to include listening, sharing, and storytelling and putting that learning into action to inspire change and lead a culture of authenticity and empathy

 

HOW WE'RE DOING IT:​

  • Integrating DE&I training and education into daily operations, ongoing team meetings, and new Team Member onboarding
  • Inspiring both Field & Restaurant Support Center Team Members through our Conscious Inclusion Learning Series, consisting of six modules and ongoing team huddles
  • Encouraging open dialogue and conversations in all areas of the organization
  • Providing our Team Members with a forum to share their personal stories through bi-monthly companywide Courageous Conversations focused on various topics (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation)




"As a leader, being able to understand everyone’s journey has been the most rewarding part of these Courageous Conversations. This understanding has allowed me to relate on a higher level.  

Embracing and respecting everyone’s ‘walk’ is what makes us stronger as a team.  These conversations have even impacted me personally in reference to conversations with loved ones.  Nelson Mandela sums it up best when he stated, ‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in HIS language, that goes to his heart.'"

Walter Mack III, Joint Venture Partner, Outback Steakhouse
Leader of Courageous Conversations
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EMPLOYEE RESOURCE GROUPS (ERGs)​

Connecting Team Members through dedicated networks focused on relationship building, professional growth and development, and active community involvement

 

HOW WE'RE DOING IT:

Driving employee engagement and a culture of inclusion through a variety of Employee Resource Groups such as:​

 

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Women’s Interests Network​ (WIN):  To accelerate the advancement of women working at Bloomin’ Brands by sharing information, best practices, education, and experience, and in doing so helping one another develop leadership skills and career advancing opportunities

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BIG:  To attract, nurture, and amplify Black talent at Bloomin' Brands
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BELONG:  To help members of our community (LGBTQ+ and Allies) by creating a safe space to exist, be empowered and find acceptance​

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¡Adelante!:  To embrace a forward-thinking mentality that will accelerate and celebrate the Hispanic and Latin Community

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Bloomin’ Balance:  To inspire our community to lead happy, healthy, and fulfilled lives through total and balanced wellness 


"As the Chair of BELONG, I’ve personally been inspired by the engagement of my peers, allies, and leaders (all the way up to our CEO). 

BELONG’s platform of inclusion and support extends from the Restaurant Support Center all the way to the hourly Team Members in the field. Each individual has a space to belong, and we are here to help them find that space.

Allyship is the action that will continue to drive DE&I in the Hospitality industry. BBI champions this by empowering individuals like me to lead intersectional Employee Resource Groups who drive action inside and outside of our organization."

Katie Shrum, Instructional Designer, Bloomin’ Brands
Chair of BELONG ERG
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MEANINGFUL PARTNERSHIPS​

Being good stewards of our communities and engaging with organizations dedicated to cultivating more diverse and inclusive communities

 

HOW WE'RE DOING IT:

  • Empowering our Team Members to participate in activities in their local communities
  • Remaining a source of strength in times of need by assisting with disaster recovery efforts, supporting local schools, and donating food through our Food Donation Connection program with more than 13 million pounds donated since 2014 (equivalent to nearly 13 million meals in the community)​
  • ​Supporting differently-abled persons through partnerships with Autism SpeaksSoutheastern Guide Dogs, and others.​
  • Sponsoring local non-profit youth development organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, and The Skills Center, which provides socioeconomically disadvantaged youth with education, health, and workforce readiness programs​
  • Partnering with the National Urban League and 13 affiliate chapters across the country
  • ​Supporting Partnerships such as, but not limited to, Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), and the National Diversity Council to raise cultural awareness and encourage diversity and inclusion in our restaurants​

 

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