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Darden Restaurants Inc

Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI) publishes its second sustainability report

1st August, 2012

Darden Restaurants invites you to review its second sustainability report. The report is available online at http://darden.com/sustainability.

The report highlights the progress Darden has made in all areas of sustainability across its more than 1,900 restaurants, 180,000 employees and global supply chain. Most notably, the company has exceeded its 2015 goal of reducing water consumption in its restaurants by 15 percent (on aggregate) and is more than half way towards meeting the same goal for reducing energy consumption in its restaurants.

The release of the 2012 sustainability report is one milestone in Darden’s sustainability journey. The report is organized around Darden’s three core platforms – People, Planet, Plate – and includes other key accomplishments such as:

  • People: Becoming the first full-service restaurant company named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list in 2011 and 2012. FORTUNE further recognized Darden as a “Diversity Champion,” ranking it among the top 20 employers on the list for diverse workforces.
  • Planet: Completing new green building prototypes for Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse, enabling all new restaurants to align with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards.
  • Plate: Pledging to reduce its restaurants’ overall calorie and sodium footprints by 10 percent over the next five years and 20 percent over the next 10 years, the most comprehensive health-and-wellness commitment of any restaurant company to date.
Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), the world’s largest full-service restaurant company, is headquartered in Orlando, Florida and is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. Darden’s restaurant brands – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52 and Eddie V’s – reflect the rich diversity of those who dine with Darden. For more information, please visit www.darden.com.

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