Papa Johns leads restaurant industry on Forbes “Best Employers for Diversity” list

April 30, 2024
April 30, 2024

For the fourth consecutive year, Papa Johns was named one of Forbes Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes and Statista, Inc., the world’s leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. 

This year, Papa Johns led its industry, being ranked No. 1 among all restaurant brands!

In 2023, we evolved our DEI strategy to further enhance the overall employee experience and facilitate connectedness and belonging. This strategy builds on the strong foundation of our DEI efforts and initiatives developed in recent years and will focus on ensuring that DEI is owned by all employees and teams, increasing transparency and accountability, and building trust and psychological safety in the workplace.

As part of this transition, we have introduced three new DEI strategic objectives:

  • Culture: A safe, inclusive environment where all dimensions of diversity are valued and team members experience belonging, feel invited to bring their unique flavor to Papa Johns and are inspired to win together.
  • Talent: A workforce representative of our customers and communities with inclusive and equitable recruiting, talent practices and leadership development opportunities.
  • Marketplace: An inclusive, customer-first experience to increase supplier diversity so that equitable and thriving communities may be sustained through mutually beneficial partnerships and initiatives.

We plan to deliver on these objectives by following a three-year strategic roadmap that holds our leaders, managers and team members accountable to shared goals and metrics. Our DEI strategy is overseen by the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee (CGN) of the Board of Directors, which receives regular progress updates from our Executive Leadership Team.

In 2023, we established two new strategic partnerships to accelerate our DEI efforts. First, becoming a member of Catalyst, an organization focused on advancing progress of women in the workplace, and second, supporting the Executive Leadership Council, a group of former and current Black CEOs and senior executives working to build an inclusive leadership pipeline. 

The Best Employers for Diversity 2024 were identified in an independent survey from a vast sample of over 170,000 U.S.-based employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people within the U.S. The evaluation was based on three different criteria:   

  • Personal Recommendations: Employees were asked to give their opinions on a series of statements regarding Age, Gender, Ethnicity, Disability, LGBTQIA+ & General Diversity in their current workplace.   
  • Public Recommendations: Participants were also given the chance to evaluate other employers in their respective industries that stand out either positively or negatively with regard to diversity.   
  • KPIs: Extensive research was carried out to evaluate how companies fared across a range of diversity-related best-practices. This included things like Representation, Accountability & Communication, Internal Initiatives, and External Involvement. 

View the full Forbes Best Employers for Diversity 2024 list