AFC Enterprises Inc., the franchisor and operator of Popeyes restaurants, announced that it was included among Black Enterprise Magazine’s “40 Best Franchises for African Americans.” The honor recognizes the company’s diversity programs, affordability, revenue potential, and marketing/advertising support.
The honor comes at an opportune time as AFC builds upon its existing diversity efforts with an emboldened inclusion strategy, “Roadmap of Opportunity.” To provide leadership and stewardship for the program, AFC hired Renay Winston as vice president of human resources.
“Our commitment to diversity and inclusion has never wavered,” says Cheryl A. Bachelder, president and CEO of AFC and recent keynote speaker at QSR’s Dine America conference. “Both are critical to our growth and success and are key competitive advantages. We are now broadening our initiatives to encompass all of our key stakeholders: employees, franchisees, suppliers, and the communities we serve.”
The company has also engaged two premier diversity and inclusion consulting firms, Roosevelt Thomas Consulting & Training and Basic Diversity Inc., to support Winston in driving the program.