Diversity & Inclusion

A Message From José Cil, Our CEO

We believe that a wide range of diverse voices and perspectives makes us a stronger company.

That’s why diversity is one of our core values at RBI, and we work hard to support an environment of respect and belonging. We have committed to 10 actions that we believe will result in more diverse and inclusive outcomes in our company. These include acknowledging our lack of diversity, committing our most senior leaders to drive change, holding ourselves accountable for our progress – including for example, this annual report, training for implicit bias, upholding zero-tolerance policies on workplace discrimination and harassment, establishing governance and reporting, ensuring diversity in our hiring, marketing, and community contributions and remaining committed to achieving our desired outcomes.

Learn more about our Commitment to Diversity and our actions to become more diverse here.

We own the outcome of this journey.

The fact is that outcomes matter more than efforts. That is why we are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive company where our employees grow and earn career opportunities and compensation based entirely on what they do and how they do it.

Building a diverse pipeline of talent is critically important to achieve this goal, which is why senior RBI leaders share a mandate to ensure at least 50% of final round interview candidates for any role with RBI are demonstrably diverse. Since we established this performance objective in mid 2020, we have interviewed more than 400 candidates for final round interviews globally, of which 70% were diverse. The outcome is that 62% of all hires through our new process have added to the diversity of our company.


Hiring and Representation in 2020

Percentage of Corporate Employees

hiring and representation in 2020
hiring and representation in 2020

Celebrating Diversity in Our Advertising

Our brands continue to use their advertising voice to spotlight diverse communities. We are also working to establish a diversity vision together with our advertising, media, public relations, design and digital agencies when it comes to the agency teams that work with our brands.

Hockey Barbie, Tim Hortons Canada

The Kiss, Burger King Finland

Pride Riders, Burger King Spain

Diverse Representation in Our Advertising in 2020

Percentage of Ad Spots Featuring Different Racial/Ethnic Backgrounds or Genders

Diverse Representation in our Advertising
Diverse Representation in our Advertising

Community Contributions

The Burger King Foundation has awarded $4.5 million USD to Black students since 20101.

In 2020, Tim Hortons Foundation Camps requested campers to voluntarily self-identify along several dimensions of diversity to inform continuous improvement initiatives related to Program Development and Youth Development purposes. Dimensions included race/ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and data was reported internally to the Board of Directors and staff teams.

The Popeyes Foundation focuses on hunger relief efforts through a partnership with the No Kid Hungry campaign in the US. From March to December 2020, 64% of No Kid Hungry’s Coronavirus emergency grants were awarded to community partners and school districts that serve Latinx, Black, and Indigenous communities.2

1Based on disclosed information from scholarship winners.
2Based on information provided by No Kid Hungry..


100% CEI

Restaurant Brands International continues to strengthen LGBTQ workplace inclusion across the organization, and achieved a score of 100%, in the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) 2021 Report, recognizing the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality. The evaluation included the following criteria:

  • Prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation for all operations
  • Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity for all operations
  • Equivalency in same- and different-sex spousal medical and soft benefits
  • Equivalency in same- and different-sex domestic partner medical and soft benefits
  • Equal health coverage for transgender individuals without exclusion for medically necessary care
  • Three LGBTQ internal training and education best practises
  • Employee group or diversity council
  • Three distinct efforts of outreach or engagement to broader LGBTQ community
  • Contractor/ supplier non-discrimination standards and philanthropic giving guidelines

We continue to strive to strengthen inclusion for all employees, and to achieve a score of 100% on the CEI for Restaurant Brands International on an annual basis.

Restaurant Brands International and all of its affiliated companies are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers that do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, age, military service status, gender identity, expression or reassignment, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.