Yum China Holdings, Inc. (the “Company” or “Yum China”,NYSE: YUMC and HKEX: 9987) announced at its 2021 Restaurant General Managers (“RGMs”) Convention, held virtually, that it will offer enhanced medical insurance coverage of up to RMB 1 million to each of its approximately 10,000 RGMs. The Company will also increase critical illness insurance coverage for family members of qualified RGMs to RMB 200,000. As one of the most extensive employee benefits plans in the industry in terms of number of people covered, the newly upgraded benefits will be implemented from January 2022 and will build on existing initiatives including equity incentives, family insurance and housing subsidies.
The Company is also upgrading its “Family Care Fund” plan for the restaurant management team (RMT) and restaurant service team leaders, increasing critical illness insurance coverage under the plan to RMB 150,000, while offering access to certain expedited medical services for eligible employees and their family members. The newly upgraded benefits are expected to cover more than 60,000 RMT employees and their family members, as well as 26,000 restaurant service team leaders, helping them mitigate the financial risks brought about by critical illnesses.
“The Company is extremely grateful to our restaurant managers for their diligence and agility on the front lines of our restaurants, particularly while navigating the challenges of Covid-19. Thanks to their dedication, Yum China has been able to provide customers with uninterrupted access to meals and excellent service while also supporting the community through trying times,” said Joey Wat, CEO of Yum China. “Employee satisfaction is the key to customer satisfaction. Therefore, it is the responsibility of our company to create a working environment for employees guided by our principle of Fair, Care and Pride, as well as taking steps to protect their families.”
Yum China has always adhered to a “people-first” philosophy, ensuring that the health and wellbeing of employees is the Company’s top priority. Additionally, the Company continues to increase investment in protecting the health of employees and their families. The upgraded medical insurance package for RGMs covers a wide range of mild and severe diseases, providing greater support against the challenge of high medical expenses.
In 2018, Yum China launched the “Family Care Program” for RGMs. In 2020, the Company launched the “Family Care Fund” for RMT employees, which entitles them to additional coverage for critical illness for their parents as well as additional accident insurance coverage for their children and spouses. This scheme goes beyond others in the market by increasing the age cap to 75 years for employees’ parents and 22 years for their children. In December 2020, the fund was extended to also provide critical illness coverage to restaurant service team leaders.
The newly announced benefits upgrade is the latest manifestation of Yum China’s long-standing commitment to its RGM No.1 corporate culture. The Company believes that RGMs are the most important leaders at Yum China and play a key role in the Company’s long-term success. Yum China not only provides employees with competitive salaries and benefits, but also ensures that employees share in the Company’s success. After becoming an independently listed company in 2016, Yum China announced that it would award RSUs valued at US$2,000 to every qualified RGM. Following its secondary listing in Hong Kong in 2020, the Company awarded additional RSUs valued at US$3,000 to eligible RGMs. Up to now, a total of 14,000 RGMs have received RSUs.
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