The Cheesecake Factory has been recognized as one of the 2023 PEOPLE Companies That Care, according to PEOPLE magazine and Great Place to Work, a global authority on workplace culture. The Cheesecake Factory ranked #55 on the list, which is primarily based on an anonymous employee survey that measures how companies create a great work experience for all employees, as well as the company’s broader community impact.

“The Cheesecake Factory is honored to be named to the PEOPLE Companies that Care list for the third year in a row,” says David Overton, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated. “This year marks the 45th anniversary of opening our first restaurant in Beverly Hills, and this award is such a wonderful acknowledgment of the very special culture of doing the right thing and giving back to our communities that we have worked to create over the last 45 years.”

In recognizing The Cheesecake Factory, PEOPLE highlighted its Nourish Program whereby the company regularly donates excess food from its restaurants to local non-profits. Through this program the company donated more than more than 570,000 pounds of food to more than 700 local non-profits in 2022. By diverting this food from landfills, the program also helped to avoid nearly 2.5 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions in 2022.

Additionally, since 2008, The Cheesecake Factory has donated more than $6.3 million from the sale of its specially designated cheesecakes to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization dedicated to ending hunger through a network of food banks and meal programs.

Through the Give Back program, sponsored by The Cheesecake Factory Oscar and Evelyn Overton Charitable Foundation, the company’s staff members can volunteer their time for fundraising and community service projects they care about the most. The program relaunched (post-pandemic) in the fall of 2022, and by the end of the year it sponsored nearly 50 teams, contributing to non-profits across the country.