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    MOD Pizza's Plan to Champion Workplace Inclusivity

  • Industry News September 26, 2019
    MOD Pizza / JOE HOLDSWORTH
    MOD has more than 455 locations.

    MOD Super Fast Pizza Holdings, LLC announced a nationwide partnership with Best Buddies International, a leading organization dedicated to providing inclusive opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Through this partnership, MOD will focus on raising awareness for inclusive hiring practices, along with funds to support the Best Buddies Jobs Program.

    MOD will commit a minimum of $50,000 to Best Buddies to support the organization’s mission of inclusion – most notably the Best Buddies Jobs program which focuses on helping people with IDD find competitive, integrated employment opportunities within their communities. In turn, Best Buddies will provide development and training tools designed to support MOD store managers with hiring and developing individuals with IDD. Today, MOD has approximately 300 supported employees with IDD across its 455-plus locations in the U.S. and U.K., and as they continue their expansion, are committed to strengthening their inclusive employment practice.

    “At MOD, we often say ‘talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not’. And when we learned that 81 percent of adults with disabilities do not have paying jobs in their communities, we knew the platform of MOD could be used to address this social issue,” says Ally Svenson, co-founder and chief purpose officer of MOD. “Great partners make us better, and Best Buddies brings incredible programs to help us be a great employer for our Squad members with IDD. Our ultimate goal is to positively impact our employees and through them, the communities we serve—creating a more inclusive place for all, and hopefully an example for other companies to follow."

    “The MOD ethos is rooted in acceptance, opportunity and development—and we’re beyond grateful to have found a partner that shares our commitment to inclusion in the workplace,” says Anthony K. Shriver, founder, chairman and CEO of Best Buddies International. “MOD’s dedication to the Best Buddies mission of inclusion and integrated employment will help bring an even greater awareness to the infinite abilities people with intellectual and developmental disabilities possess, in addition to the resources needed to further expand our programs.”

    The MOD and Best Buddies partnership will come to life in many ways:

    Limited-Time Fall Seasonal Menu Offerings

    From September 23 - November 4, 2019, or while supplies last, the Best Buddies “No Name Cake” will donate 20 cents from every cake sold to Best Buddies International, with a minimum donation of at least $25,000. The Best Buddies “No Name Cake” is a vanilla cake with a strawberry cream icing topped with white glaze and multi-colored sprinkles, retailing for $2.47.

    The “Jeffrey”—this seasonal pizza celebrates a very loved member of the MOD Squad. Jeffrey was one of MOD’s first employees with IDD who according to Svenson, “helped show us the positive impact of a diverse talent pool. Jeffrey has been with MOD for over six years and continues to be a solid contributor, providing great inspiration to many.” The Jeffrey pizza features an olive oil base, fresh house-roasted apple, Canadian bacon, fresh arugula, shredded mozzarella, crumbled gorgonzola, finished with a swirl of sweet balsamic fig glaze.

    Regional Fundraiser Day

    On October 19, at more than 100 locations across the U.S., MOD will donate 20% of all sales to Best Buddies International. Find participating stores HERE.

    “Our World” Poem

    Acclaimed poet Andrea Gibson created “Our World” for MOD, a poem that imagines an inclusive world, welcome to all. The poem is recited by several members of the MOD Squad, and can be downloaded and shared by friends and customers of MOD. Gibson writes poetry focusing on social reform, gender norms, politics and the struggles LGBTQ people face in today’s society - and was the first poet ever to win the Women of the World Poetry Slam.

    All Pizzas Welcome Book

    Written for MOD by Andrea Gibson and illustrated for MOD by Oscar Cauda, All Pizzas Welcome shares the unique stories of several members of the MOD Squad and the world they’re helping to create. Customers can Spread MODness by downloading and sharing this free e-book from the MOD website.

    MOD Squad Support

    MOD will leverage Best Buddies’ expertise, best-in-class training programs, and resources to ensure that the entire MOD organization is best equipped to support their Squads and customers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Materials include diversity and inclusion training, accessibility checklist, sensitivity etiquette, interviewing tips, onboarding checklists, and top 10 questions asked when hiring a person with a disability.

    News and information presented in this release has not been corroborated by QSR, Food News Media, or Journalistic, Inc.