After the killing of George Floyd, and the social injustice demonstrations in 2020, there has been a surge in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, programs and hirings. This renewed and expanded interest has some asking what outcomes will be different with this renewed interest and focus and are their valid reasons to expect substantive and measurable progress.
James Fripp is the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer of Yum! Brands. In this role, Fripp, working with executives across Yum! Brands, KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and The Habit Burger Grill, has global responsibility for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and practices across the company’s brands, workplaces and franchise system. Building on Yum! Brands’ years of progress on its equity and inclusion journey, Fripp is focused on increasing diverse representation among company leadership, franchisees, and suppliers and continuing the rollout of inclusive leadership and anti-racism training across the company and franchise system.
Since 2011, Fripp has led equity and inclusion efforts, where he elevated Yum! Brands’ public commitments and partnerships including the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, ONETEN and We Are All Human’s The Hispanic Promise; activated the company’s Employee Resource Groups; and trained thousands of brand and franchise leaders around the world on the topics of Inclusive Leadership and Unconscious Bias.