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WHO WE ARE
Since our beginning in 1993, Chipotle has been committed to serving Food with Integrity and revolutionizing the fast food Industry. Our real ingredients are responsibly sourced and classically cooked with people, animals, and the environment in mind. Everything is connected.
Though our heritage is one of transformation and innovation, one thing will never change: Chipotle’s commitment to doing what’s right. Our relentless pursuit for making ethical choices at all times is what has built trust in Chipotle — from our customers, business partners, colleagues, and investors. Every person within the organization is responsible for maintaining trust, both internally and externally. Cultivating a Better World is not easy, but when we all do our part, we can make a difference.
OUR VALUES KEEP US REAL
Foster a culture that values and champions our diversity, while leveraging the individual talents of all team members to grow our business and Cultivate a Better World.
In 2022, we sought to continue making a real impact for our communities, people, and planet.
1Food sourced from within 350 miles of a distribution center is defined as local.
2Includes the purchase of energy attribute certificates.
An innovator in restaurant technology, Chipotle continues to invest in emerging solutions to support its growing digital business and reduce friction in its restaurants. We believe technology deployed consistently and correctly can improve the human experience.
In 2022, Chipotle formed Cultivate Next, a new venture fund established to make early-stage investments into strategically aligned companies that further our mission to Cultivate a Better World. Cultivate Next's aim is to supply seed to Series B stage companies that can accelerate our strategic priorities such as running great restaurants, amplifying technology and innovation, further advancing our Food with Integrity mission, and expanding access and convenience for consumers. The new venture fund has an initial size of $50 million and is currently financed solely by Chipotle.
"We are exploring investments in emerging innovations that will enhance our employee and guest experience, and quite possibly revolutionize the restaurant industry. Investing in forward-thinking ventures that are looking to drive meaningful change at scale will help accelerate Chipotle's aggressive growth plans."
– Curt Garner, Chief Technology Officer, Chipotle.
In March of 2021, we introduced a new Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) metric that ties a portion of executive compensation to ESG goals.
The objectives, which are categorized by Food & Animals, People, and the Environment, hold our executive leadership team responsible to make business decisions that Cultivate a Better World.
The ESG metric can increase or decrease overall payout under the bonus plan by 15%, based on level of achievement of the ESG goals.
2022 ESG GOALS ACHIEVED
3For all promotions into salaried restaurant support center positions and Field management positions such as Field Leaders, Team Directors, and Regional Vice Presidents.
4Rice and beans are excluded.
5Includes the purchase of energy attribute certificates. See Environment section for additional information.
FOOD AND ANIMALS
Since the first Chipotle opened in 1993, we’ve served fresh, wholesome ingredients prepared using classic cooking techniques. It has always been a top priority to ensure our food is safe, delicious, and made from responsibly sourced ingredients.
GOALS AND PROGRESS
FOOD WITH INTEGRITY (FWI)
As part of our Food with Integrity (FWI) commitment, we require our suppliers to follow the Supplier Code of Conduct.7
Responsibly Raised Meats
All animals have been responsibly raised, which means that they’re treated humanely from birth to slaughter, fed a vegetarian diet, and never given added hormones or sub-therapeutic antibiotics
rBGH Free: 100% of the milk in our sour cream, cheese, and queso comes from cows that have never been treated with rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone).
GMO Free: All ingredients and processes must comply with our Food Safety and Quality Assurance requirements.
All ingredients must be traceable, with transparency covering point of origin, growing, handling, and harvesting practices.
Local and Organic:8 Produce should be grown organically, and locally sourced from within 350 miles of a distribution center. The majority of our restaurants are located within 80 miles of a distribution center.
Farmers: Farmers should raise their animals and crops with respect for the long-term health of the land and community.
6Certified refers to third-party animal welfare certification
7FWI is applicable to food and beverage suppliers. Refer to our website for the full Supplier Code of Conduct.
8Strongly prefer but do not require for suppliers to meet local, and organic standards (USDA organic).
As a people-first company rooted in values, our purpose of Cultivating a Better World extends beyond serving nutritious food using real ingredients. It means hiring world-class individuals dedicated to investing in their future and partnering together to positively impact the communities they serve.
GOALS AND PROGRESS
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Chipotle’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy is centered around four pillars:
Learn to create awareness.
Develop to activate our talent.
Create access and equity by eliminating barriers for diverse candidates and employees.
Support our communities by creating pathways to healthier food, education, and jobs.
Since December 2021, we have been participating in Management Leadership for Tomorrow’s (MLT) Black Equity at Work Certification Program, which establishes a comprehensive aggregate measurement system and provides a rigorous, results-oriented approach that accelerates progress toward Black equity internally, amongst our employees, and externally by supporting Black equity within our business partners and in the communities where we operate. In 2022, we were notified that our action plan was approved, which is the first step toward achieving certification. We will spend the next few years refining and implementing our plan, in partnership with MLT, with the expectation of achieving full certification by 2024.
In 2022, we worked closely with the Trevor Project to ensure support for all members of our community by providing inclusivity training focused on creating an inclusive work environment.
As of December 31, 2022, 50% of our United States based employee population was female and approximately 67% of our United States based employee population was comprised of racial and ethnic minorities.
Encourage employees to get involved with our ERGs to spark conversations, learn from each other, and grow their careers.
We’re nothing without the communities we serve. That’s why we’ve set up several programs and partnerships to give back to all the communities we’re proud to call home.
$50,000 was given to the Farm Aid Family Farm Disaster Fund, supporting Florida farmers and ranchers affected by Hurricane Ian. We also partnered with the Farmlink Project to donate more than 100,000 lbs. of produce to food banks in Fort Myers, one of the communities hit hardest by Hurricane Ian.
OUR COMMITMENT TO FARMERS
OUR COMMITMENT TO FARMERS
Farmers inspire us. How we grow our food is how we grow our future. That’s why we have made a commitment to give $5 million by 2025 to help young farmers.
ONE MILLION ACRES FOR THE FUTURE: NATIONAL YOUNG FARMERS COALITION
We helped raise over $1 million to support the National Young Farmers Coalition efforts to advocate for policy change in the 2023 Farm Bill that would facilitate equitable access to one million acres of land for the next generation of farmers. Further, through our Round Up for Real Change program, we raised an additional $330,000 to support the organization.
All Tractor Beverages sold by Chipotle help farmers, with 5% of Chipotle’s profits from its sale of these beverages being donated to causes that benefit farmers. Funds expand Chipotle’s existing farmer programs including scholarships and grants to start, run, or grow farming.
YOUNG FARMER ‘SEED’ GRANT PROGRAM
Seed Grants help remove barriers to make it possible for the next generation of farmers and ranchers to succeed. We provide annual grants of $5,000 each to young farmers in need through our partnership with the National Young Farmers Coalition.
CULTIVATE A BETTER WORLD
We evaluate how we can Cultivate a Better World in everything we do. Our commitment to make a positive impact on the planet extends beyond our direct operations, but on strategies to engage with the community and our supply chain.
9Emission reductions are compared to a 2019 baseline.
102020 waste baseline.
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