The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance and Unilever Food Solutions’ #FairKitchens are helping to “RAISE” diversity, equity and inclusion in the foodservice, restaurant and hospitality industry
#FairKitchens promotes the importance of inclusive workplaces to recruit and retain talent
WASHINGTON, October 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA) today announced that #FairKitchens, a campaign created by Unilever Food Solutions, has helped $50,000 to support MFHA’s new DEI ELEVATE initiative – a menu for change. ELEVATE provides foodservice, catering and hospitality operators with guidance on how to develop a world-class culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.
MFHA announces that #FairKitchens from Unilever Food Solutions has contributed $50,000 to support the DEI initiative, ELEVATE.
ELEVATE launched this summer with a landmark DEI survey conducted by the MFHA, National Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), and Cornell University Nolan School of Hotel Administration. The survey and report showed that strong DEI initiatives have a positive impact on job satisfaction, engagement and retention. Information from the report along with 25 years of MFHA diversity leadership informed ELEVATE.
Similarly, 2017 research from Unilever Food Solutions found that a third of chefs feel underappreciated on a daily basis, and more than 60% believe their mental health is negatively affected by their work. In response, Unilever Food Solutions founded #FairKitchens in 2018 to highlight the importance of creating a healthy cooking culture based on open communication, passion, support and teamwork. #FairKitchens offers tools that recognize and address the underlying issues that contribute to unhealthy kitchen cultures.
“The MFHA and #FairKitchens provide solutions to improve employee engagement by fostering healthy and inclusive workplaces,” said Gerry A. Fernandez, president of the MFHA. “Unilever’s contribution helps us demonstrate the power of diversity in the restaurant and hospitality industry.”
#FairKitchen support helps the MFHA, NRAEF and National Restaurant Association distribute the DEI report to the industry for free. Additionally, #FairKitchens will make ELEVATE available to 100 of its restaurant partners to help them adopt effective DEI strategies and initiatives.
“Over the past few years, #FairKitchens has come a long way to address, without fear or complacency, many of the underlying issues in our kitchens, including diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Christos Dinopoulos, vice president of Unilever Food Solutions North America. “#FairKitchens has been well accepted and embraced by chefs around the world offering tools to find step-by-step ways to break out of unhealthy cooking habits and cultures, empowering them to do what they love.”
The MFHA will also support industry execution of the ELEVATE framework by providing additional resources, expert-led training sessions, management coaching, and other personalized learning opportunities.
About the MFHA
The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), as an affiliate of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), is dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the industry catering, catering and hotel industry. More than 14.5 million people work at nearly one million restaurant locations in the United States. Founded in 1996, the MFHA is a premier resource for companies large and small looking to improve DEI and cultural competency in their organizations. The MFHA provides tailored solutions and advice that draws on a wide range of best practices, research, DEI partnerships, and expertise on current and emerging social issues. For more information, please visit mfha.net.
About Unilever and #FairKitchens
The #FairKitchens movement was founded by Unilever Food Solutions in the summer of 2018 in response to an increased need to address health and wellness issues at the heart of the restaurant and hospitality industry. A 2017 study by Unilever Food Solutions found that 74% of chefs were sleep deprived to exhaustion, 63% of chefs felt depressed and more than half felt pushed to breaking point.
This inclusive, industry-wide and global movement aims to improve the lives of restaurant professionals worldwide. We connect and build community in the industry to open a conversation about unhealthy working conditions and call for change, because a healthier cooking culture makes healthier business. We aim to raise the standards of our industry to better retain the talent we have today and attract the talent we need for the future. https://www.fairkitchens.com/en.html
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SOURCE Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance; National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation