Steve Ritchie Papa John’s Diversity Efforts

Papa John’s International Inc. rolls out a new diversity and inclusion training for staff. Steve Richie, the CEO of the American pizza chain, posted a letter on NASDAQ:PZZA, Papa John’s website to employees, shareholders, and customers addressing what the restaurant has been doing to come out from the racial-bias issue, which they have effortlessly dealt with since last year.

Steve Richie also mentioned that Papa John’s leaders are done with their listening tour. He openly shared with the public on how he and the rest of Papa John’s team visited Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Detroit to receive feedback from franchisees and team members on how they can improve. For now, there is no detailed information on how or when the diversity initiative training will be implemented considering that the brand has nearly 120, 000 employees.

The penned letter from CEO Mr. Richie outlines a number of initiatives the American pizza chain has been effortlessly working on, taking of the culture audit & investigation of Papa John’s inclusion and diversity practices that is underway. The third-party company will conduct the recommendations that will follow the audit. The company is assembling an expert advisory group that can guide them via the controversy. The special group consists of respected equity, diversity, and inclusion masterly.

Papa John’s Pizza will kick-off the franchise development and expansion program to form a minority-owned foundation that will concentrate on creating a positive effect in a fraternity where the company’s team members work and live. According to Steve Richie and his team, the long-term efforts and initiatives will definitely lead to drive inclusion and diversity.

The American pizza chain has also enlisted the assistance of 2 giant financial institutions, Bank of America and Lazard, to aid the company to stabilize financially as well. Early this month, the company earnings reports showed that sales have a 6.1% decline. Over the whole of last year, Papa John’s have experienced a fixed decline that keeps on escalating due to the controversial issue.

Mr. Ritchie has a strong belief that promoting diversity and inclusion will lead to the betterment of the company. To him, he and the company’s team members will always be committed to delivering the best.

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