People Report, providers of service-sector human capital and workforce analytics, has partnered with the Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance to publish a comprehensive study that it said will reveal and reflect on diversity practices in the restaurant industry.

The objective of "The State of the Foodservice Industry: Diversity Report 2014" is to help executives and leaders understand the areas where the industry is performing well, and to identify challenges that need to be addressed in the quest to attract diverse talent, as well as marketing and selling to a multicultural audience, according to a company news release.

"This report will provide critical information about where we, as an industry, stand on one of the most important multicultural metrics: Is foodservice a viable career option for multicultural talent?" said Gerald Fernandez, president of the MFHA. "In a global marketplace we need to make the strong case with people of color that our industry is a great place to pursue a career. In order to attract and retain top multicultural talent, we need to use quantifiable facts that illustrate our commitment and progress on diversity and inclusion issues. Equally important is the need to be open and honest about opportunities to improve."

All data submitted will remain confidential and will only be released in aggregate, the release said. No company-specific information will be shared by People Report or MFHA in any capacity. To participate in the study go to and complete the survey by Dec. 13. Results will be available and sent to all survey participants on or before Feb. 28, 2014.

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