Yum! Restaurants India has been awarded with the National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities-2014 by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Disability Affairs, Government of India. The President of India Pranab Mukherjee felicitated KFC with the award on December 3, 2014 at a ceremony held in New Dehli. The award recognizes KFC’s outstanding contribution as an employer of people with disabilities, providing them the opportunity to harness their professional aspirations and potential.
Commenting on the recognition, Niren Chaudhary, President, Yum! Restaurants India said, “We are honored to be conferred with this award which is testimony of our mission of ‘growth with a big heart.’ Since its inception in 2008, this program aims at creating an equal opportunity workplace for our deaf employees.” Through this initiative, Yum! Restaurants India has helped unleash the true potential of specially-abled associates and build on their self-esteem.
KFC currently has 20 specially-abled stores where hearing and speech-impaired employees account for about more than 50 percent of the total staff. Operational in cities like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Ghaziabad, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata and New Delhi, the brand currently employs over 350 such staff members.