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Dunkin’ Brands Named Among Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality in 2020

Jeremie Smith
Employee Communications Manager
Diversity / Our People

At Dunkin’ Brands, we take tremendous pride in celebrating the diversity of our employees and franchisees through policies and practices that drive our brands forward and fuel an inclusive environment for all.


As a result of this commitment, we are extremely excited to share that for the second consecutive year Dunkin’ Brands has been named one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). 

“This is a wonderful example of putting our values into action to celebrate diversity in our workplace and weave inclusion into the fabric of our culture,” said Stephanie Lilak, Dunkin’ Brands Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “Dunkin’ Brands is a place where everyone is valued, respected and matters. We are proud that our welcoming and inclusive environment, fueled by our employees every day, has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.”

In 2019, Dunkin’ Brands received its first perfect score in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report assessing LGBTQ workplace equality, for the company’s benefits and programming as it relates to the LGBTQ community. 

Our INspire ERG, a LGBTQ and allies Employee Resource Group, plays a big role in driving the company’s commitment to equality. INspire members, consisting of Dunkin’ Brands employees, host events and provide information and resources to employees throughout the year. They also identify philanthropic opportunities to give back to communities in which we do business.


Over the past year, we’ve celebrated diversity and fostered an inclusive culture in the workplace through employee participation in community events like the Boston AIDS Walk & Run, the Boston Pride Parade, Food Truck Night at the Waltham House (a home for LGBTQ youth), Field Day with The Attic (a LGBTQ youth agency in Philadelphia) and Drag Queen Bingo at our 2019 holiday party, just to name a few. 

"Creating an inclusive workplace requires action,” said Lilak. “I have found thoughtfulness, openness and personal, ongoing education on a variety of topics and experiences are critical to building a community of allies for all people in our lives. I am incredibly proud of the work our employees, led by INspire, have done to create a workplace where all people feel included and have a sense of belonging."

Through this work and commitment, Dunkin’ Brands stands proud to be one of more than 680 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year for LGBTQ-inclusive workplace policies and practices. 

You can learn more about our diversity and inclusion practices at Dunkin’ Brands here.

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