Our People, Our Communities

We know that it takes more than just good food to nourish a strong people and build a vibrant community. It starts with taking care of people, the heart and soul of the SUBWAY® experience.

We value the cultural richness and breadth of ideas resulting from the diversity that is fostered in who we are and what we do. We are dedicated to building strong business relationships through open communication, respect and by with each other as well as by serving our customers and our neighborhoods; much like we do within our own families.

As the franchisor of the SUBWAY® brand, we draw on the strong entrepreneurial spirit and passion that exists throughout our organization to help shape and grow our business. We strive to and create opportunities for our franchisees, their staff, and the people within the communities in which serve.

We continually challenge each other to succeed through teamwork, against shared goals & benchmarks, and to be accountable for our actions. We take great pride in our business and are committed to being good global citizens; to encouraging healthy, active lifestyles and to making a difference where we live and work around the world.



We value the cultural richness and breadth of ideas resulting from the diversity that is fostered throughout the SUBWAY® restaurant organization.

 People are our greatest asset. We require all employees throughout the SUBWAY® system adhere to ethical principles and employment standards to ensure that all workers at our corporate headquarters, regional offices, are valued, treated fairly and with respect.

Franchise World Headquarters, LLC, (the company which provides services to the franchisor of the SUBWAY® brand, Doctor’s Associates Inc. - Franchise World Headquarters, LLC), is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Franchise World Headquarters, LLC together with Doctor’s Associates Inc. is committed to increased representation of women and minorities in our workforce and does not tolerate discrimination of any kind on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, color or national origin within the SUBWAY® brand family.

While the company has a strict privacy policy and does not track specific information regarding the race, sex, creed, religion, color or national origin of its franchisees or their employees, the respondents to a voluntary survey of SUBWAY® franchisees indicated that:

  • 34% of are women
  • 24% are members of minority groups
  • 10% are aged 62 or older
  • Nearly 30% employ staff who are aged 62 or older
  • Nearly 80% of franchisees indicated that they employ members of minority groups in their restaurants
  • More than 25% of franchisees said that members of minority groups make-up 50-100% of their staffs
  • 98% of franchisees employ women in their restaurants
  • More than 78% of responding franchisees indicated that 50-100% of their employees are women
  • 66% of respondents said that their SUBWAY® restaurants are "family-operated" businesses

Entrepreneurial Spirit

The SUBWAY® culture embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of our founders and the thousands of successful restaurant owners that have helped to grow and shape the SUBWAY® brand over the years.

Our restaurant franchise model empowers individuals to own their own business, creates job opportunities and stimulates economic development in local communities worldwide.

We understand the importance of continuous training and improvement in all that we do. All SUBWAY® franchisees receive intensive and on-going training that includes a combination of classroom and in-store experiences as well as access to the web-based University of SUBWAY®.

Our franchisees are encouraged to use a learning ladder approach for staff development to promote achievement, a sense of pride, and provide an avenue for career advancement.

For many with an entrepreneurial spirit, their first job has become a career opportunity leading them to open and operate their own SUBWAY® restaurant. Take Jason Mosely of Mocksville, North Carolina.

Jason said he always wanted to manage a restaurant, but never thought about owning one.

When he began his college education he saw himself as a future computer programmer. After a short time, Jason switched his major to business management, a decision that eventually led him towards owning his own business and becoming his own boss.

“I started as an assistant manager with a Subway restaurant in Mt. Airy, North Carolina,” said Jason. “When the manager left a month later, I stepped in.” The rest is history.

"To me, the appeal has always been that Subway does not serve alcohol, there are no grills and you don't turn your back to customers. I enjoy the face-to-face contact. I love going to work everyday. I'm really happy - and very pleased with the set-up at Subway."


Helping Make the World a Better Place

Giving back is a strong part of the SUBWAY® brand culture. Each year the SUBWAY® brand supports charities and philanthropic organizations through corporate donations and sponsorships to encourage healthy, active lifestyles and help make the world a better place.


SUBWAY® Employees Pick Ten Charitable Organizations for 2011 Company Donation


Heart Health & Childhood Obesity

We are particularly passionate about heart health and doing our part to fight childhood obesity by encouraging healthy eating habits and living active lifestyles.

Coronary artery disease is the most common form of heart disease and is a leading cause of death worldwide. Every year about 870,000 Americans die from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. A major factor is poor lifestyle habits prevalent among American adults and children.

  • SUBWAY® restaurants is proud to be partnering with the American College of Cardiologists (ACC), a national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Start! Movement which encourages men & women to walk and live a more active lifestyle. Walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity, and it’s the simplest positive change people can make to improve their heart health. It doesn’t take much time – just 30 minutes most days of the week. You can even divide the 30 minutes into two or three intervals if that’s more convenient. Learn more about Start!
  • We support community groups in the United Kingdom which can apply to Heart Research UK for a SUBWAY®/ HRUK Healthy Heart Grant for projects that strongly promote heart health and healthy lifestyles.
  • We are a proud sponsor of The American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart programs. Both are national, educational programs that also engage children in physical activity (jumping rope for elementary grades and basketball for secondary grade levels) while raising funds to support life saving heart and stroke research. Learn More.

The SUBWAY® brand is also working with the National Institutes of Health’s We Can!™ program to help kids lead healthier, more active lives. We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) is a national is movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.

We Can!™ focuses on three important behaviors:Improved food choicesIncreased physical activity andReduced screen time. To learn more about the National Institutes of Health’s We Can!™ program, visit the official site here.

Participating in Little League® Baseball and Softball can be a great way for youngsters to keep active, form new friendships and discover the benefits of teamwork. SUBWAY® restaurants are an Official Sponsor of Little League® through 2011, as part of our commitment to childhood fitness – encouraging kids to be active and make healthy eating choices.  

SUBWAYKIDS.com provides easy ideas for inspiring children and young people to make healthy choices at home as well as ideas & resources for bringing healthy living into the classroom.


Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation

Helping students in their quest for higher education is the foundation that the SUBWAY® restaurant system was built on. In 1965, President and Co-founder Fred DeLuca, was a 17-year-old. That summer he opened his first sandwich shop with the sole purpose of earning enough money to finance his college education. The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation provides scholarship grants to many high schools and community organizations that foster self-sufficiency throughout the state of Connecticut. For more information, please email the Foundation at delucafoundation@subway.com


Making a Difference In Our Neighborhoods

SUBWAY® restaurants are individually owned and are operated by independent franchisees who pride themselves on being caring and active members of their communities. Whether it’s to provide food for first responders to an emergency or lending a hand building a new home for a family in need, SUBWAY® franchisees around the world can be found working with local and regionally based organizations that provide help and support in their community – making a difference in the lives of others.

Over the years, the SUBWAY® restaurant family has shown it support for many worthy causes and humanitarian organizations such as the American Red Cross and Americares disaster relief, Habitat, regional United Way campaigns, Little League baseball programs, seasonal blood donation drives and community food banks.

SUBWAY® franchisees and crew members from around the world also active in their local schools, sports and civic associations and are proud to “give back” to the people in the neighborhoods that are near and dear to them.

  • Team SUBWAY® Makes Strides Against Breast Cancer
  • 52 Feet of SUBWAY® Sandwich Keeps High School Track Team Running!
  • Franchisee’s Effort to Help School Earn A+

Team SUBWAY® Makes Strides Against Breast Cancer

Volunteers for Team SUBWAY®, (made up of employees from the Subway chain’s World Headquarters, their families and friends) joined over 3,000 walkers at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Connecticut to participate in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a three-mile walking event for charity, coordinated by the American Cancer Society.

The event was attended by women and men of all ages, raising donations for the ongoing fight against breast cancer. In all, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer raised over $180,000 – and Team SUBWAY® was pleased to help contribute to the cause!

52 Feet of SUBWAY® Sandwich Keeps High School Track Team Running!

On Saturday, Oct. 4, residents of Monticello, Illinois sampled a sandwich like no other.

Known for its picturesque downtown area, the town of Monticello hosts a number of events year round to promote civic pride and community involvement. For this year’s annual Fall Celebration, featuring live music, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and food, SUBWAY® franchisee, Haresh Patel, wanted to do something that would stand out.

To help raise money for the Monticello High School Cross Country team, Haresh and his team made the biggest SUBWAY® sandwich they could.

Measuring in at 52.5 feet, it was certain to be the longest sub in the county. And after being lovingly assembled, it was cut into pieces and sold to visitors, raising money for the team.

“We wanted to be recognized as part of the town, someone that likes to help,” stated Haresh. “Everyone thought it was really nice to do this for the cross country team. Many of our customers have been talking about this sub for days, and it was so much fun to make.”

Haresh’s desire to do something big for the track team is not unusual. He is part of a large group who takes great pride in being active and responsible members of the communities in which they live and work.

Franchisee’s Effort to Help School Earns an A+

When the Pleasant Grove Independent School District in Texarkana, Texas, found that they were unable to serve students lunch during their first week of school, their Director of Food Services immediately considered SUBWAY® and franchisee, Philip Peek, jumped into action.

According to Philip, the SUBWAY® menu fits the school’s health-conscious policy and he was glad to help the School District out.

Employees from all three of Phillip’s restaurants pitched in, working throughout the night and into early morning to bake bread and prepare sandwiches. Each restaurant made between three to four hundred subs, and Philip delivered the lunches every morning by 10 am. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, the students enjoyed delicious subs for the first week of school.

“You have to make sure you give 100% when it comes to customer service,” Philip said. “I have no idea what I would have done without my dedicated staff, and I certainly wouldn’t have been able to do this on my own.”

In addition to delivering school lunches, the SUBWAY® chain has locations inside public, private and parochial schools as well as restaurants on college and university campuses around the world.

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