October: Recognizing Hispanics in Restaurants and Retail

Recognizing Hispanics in Restaurants and Retail 

During Hispanic Heritage Month, Path Forward is recognizing the growing impact that the Hispanic community has on the restaurant and retail industries.

Leaders in the Industry

  • 8 percent of those employed in retail are Hispanic, more than any other minority, according to a 2015 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • According to U.S. Census data, one quarter of the restaurant industry workforce is Hispanic, serving in various roles from entry-level to management to ownership.
  • Restaurants employ more Hispanic managers than any other industry, as one-fifth of managers and supervisors are Hispanic, and nearly one in four chefs is Hispanic.

Celebrating Success

Whether in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month or through ongoing programs, the below examples are just a few of the many different ways restaurants and retailers support employee growth and success:

  • Macy’s

Macy’s is celebrating Hispanic and Latino accomplishments through several in-store events across the country. The company’s Hispanic Heritage Month website also showcases their commitment to creating a diverse workforce. La Voz, one of Macy’s 19 Employee Resource Groups that fosters an inclusive and supportive work environment, focuses on empowering the Latino community and developing internal Latino leaders within the company.

  • Garces Foundation

Jose Garces, winner of the Food Network’s coveted Iron Chef contest, is one of the nation’s leading chefs and restaurateurs. Garces has more than a dozen restaurants in cities across the country, including Philadelphia, and also shows a commitment to Hispanics in the community. The restaurant industry is the 5th largest employer of Latinos in Philadelphia and 25 percent of restaurants workers are Hispanic. His foundation, the Garces Foundation, developed an English language and skills program to help improve communication skills, and offers other skill-building workshops with chefs throughout the city. It also offers nutrition education and computer literacy classes, as well as the English for the Restaurant and Everyday Living adult ESL program.

  • Walmart

As of 2014, Hispanics represent 13 percent of Walmart’s workforce and 7 percent of the board of directors. The company’s Hispanic Latino Associate Resource Group (HLARG) has more than 700 members that benefit from programs to develop and strengthen their leadership skills, including the Gateway Hispanic Leadership Program. The program focuses on building Hispanic talent and driving growth in areas of associate development and placement, with the goal to transform Walmart into the best place to work for the fast growing Hispanic and Latino communities in America.