Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), the world’s largest full-service restaurant company, owns and operates more than 1,800 restaurants that generate more than $7 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, and employing approximately 180,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people.
The communities in which we operate represent much more to us than business opportunities. We are neighbors who take an active part in community life and a hands-on approach to making our communities a better place in which to live.
Darden respects and cherishes the distinctions our employees and guests bring to our restaurants, including diversity in race, gender, age, disability and sexual orientation. Darden is an active member in many community and national organizations. Our supplier diversity initiative also helps us ensure that we maintain and grow a base of vendors that mirror the diversity of our guests.
The Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation has contributed more than $55 million to community-based organizations and programs since its inception in 1995. These investments in the communities where we live and work are an extension of our employees' volunteer efforts.
In 2011, Darden became the first full-service restaurant company ever to be named to the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" list. Our restaurant brands - Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52 - reflect the rich diversity of those who dine with us. Our brands are built on deep insights into what our guests want.