New York City Mayor Eric Adams, C, holds an agreement with South Korean food giant SPC Group President Hur Jin-soo, L, after agreeing to support the city’s minority group in a signing ceremony in New York Wednesday. Photo courtesy of SPC Group

SPC following suit of Korean Air

South Korea’s food and bakery company SPC Group announced on April 14 that it had teamed up with the New York government to help minority groups in the U.S. city.

Toward that end, the Seoul-based corporation’s President Hur Jin-soo signed a memorandum of understanding with New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

Under the agreement, SPC Group is scheduled to offer an immersive, six-week internship training program at its Paris Baguette restaurants in New York.

Interns will be able to receive hands-on training in food production, and the internship will lead to consideration for job placement, according to SPC Group.

In addition, SPC Group and New York City strive to support the growth of firms owned by minorities or women in the city along with various U.S. corporations.

SPC Group also promised to donate food to economically disadvantaged communities across the five New York boroughs.

“New York is a big city of small businesses, and we want to make sure we are supporting everyone who wants to invest in our city, including our international companies,” New York City Mayor Adams.

“This agreement with Paris Baguette will help create jobs and opportunity throughout the five boroughs, support the creation of youth internships that will build career skills and job readiness, and develop a food donation program for New Yorkers in need across our city.

The SPC Group is currently operating more than 120 Paris Baguette stores in the United States. In New York’s Manhattan alone, the number is 14.

“At Paris Baguette, we’re proud of our standing as a pillar of business and community in the neighborhoods we serve. Through this partnership with New York City and AMCHAM to support women and minorities, we’re furthering our commitment to create opportunities that strengthen our economy and support future business leaders,” SPC Group President Hur said.

Late last year, South Korea’s top airline Korean Air signed a similar partnership with New York City under which the former pledged to create internship programs in Seoul and New York.

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