Chipotle Mexican Grill on Wednesday announced its 2023 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals tied to executive compensation:

  • Purchase at least 37.5 million pounds of local produce, up from 36.4 million pounds in 2022.
  • Improve the retention of its diverse U.S.-based restaurant support center and field operations employees.
  • Institute composting programs in at least 23 percent more restaurants.
  • This goal aligns with Chipotle’s broader objectives of increasing its diversion rate and reducing waste to landfills by 5 percent by 2025.


The achievement of these goals, which are categorized by Food & Animals, People, and the Environment, can positively or negatively impact Chipotle officers’ 2023 annual incentive bonus by up to 15 percent.

“Chipotle’s ESG goals are a direct reflection of our commitment to inspire real, sustainable change with a potential impact far beyond this Company,” says Laurie Schalow, Chief Corporate Affairs, Chipotle. “We hold our executive leadership team accountable to make business decisions that Cultivate a Better World, and we want to continue to transparently showcase the steps we’re taking to help meet these objectives.”

Food & Animals 

Chipotle is committed to increasing total pounds of produce purchased from local farmers year over year. In 2023, Chipotle’s goal is to purchase at least 37.5 million pounds of local produce, up from 36.4 million pounds purchased in 2022. The organization met its 2022 goal of purchasing more than 57 million pounds of organic, transitional and/or locally grown ingredients, achieving 58.3 million pounds, with rice and beans excluded from this goal due to external crop factors.


Developing and retaining diverse talent at every level of the organization plays a key role in Chipotle’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy. In 2023, Chipotle plans to continue these efforts by improving the retention rate for diverse employees in restaurant support center and field operations positions.

Last year, Chipotle aimed to increase diversity within its internal pipeline of candidates for all promotions into salaried restaurant support center positions and field management roles. As a result, 90 percent of all restaurant management roles were internal promotions including 100 percent of US Regional Vice President (RVP) roles, 81 percent of Team Directors, and 74 percent of Field Leader positions. The company also aimed to increase diversity above its 60 percent rate within its internal pipeline of candidates for all promotions into these positions, which it achieved at 63.6 percent.


Sustainability also remains a key strategic priority for Chipotle. As of January 2023, about 1,000 of its restaurants participate in composting programs. Throughout the year, Chipotle intends to increase the number of its restaurants that compost by at least 23 percent.

The composting program supports Chipotle’s broader goals of increasing its diversion rate and reducing waste to landfills by 5 percent by 2025. Chipotle exceeded its 2022 goal of reducing its Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 5 percent, achieving a 13 percent reduction against 2019 emissions. 

Cultivate Next Investments

Chipotle is leveraging its new venture fund, Cultivate Next, to make early stage investments in companies that can help further its mission and meet its ESG goals. Chipotle seeks to increase its local produce supply through its latest investment in Local Line—a leading local food sourcing platform for regional food systems, serving farms, producers, food hubs, and food buyers by helping them digitize their operations and sell products. Chipotle’s investment will also support the expansion of Local Line across the United States to procure local foods for Chipotle’s 3,200 restaurants.

“Local Line exemplifies our mission to support local farmers and help grow their businesses so we can ensure the future of real food,” says Curt Garner, Chief Technology Officer at Chipotle. “Together we can leverage tech to unlock the potential of the U.S. farming industry and increase access to locally sourced produce.”

Cultivate Next is also investing in Zero Acre Farms, a food company focused on healthy, sustainable oils and fats that is on a mission to end the food industry’s dependence on vegetable oils. The immense amount of vegetable oils produced today contribute to record rates of deforestation and carbon emissions, and Zero Acre Farms has a new category of healthy oils and fats made by fermentation that are more environmentally friendly.

“We believe companies like Zero Acre Farms have the power to change the world,” Garner adds. “Similar to the way Chipotle altered the perception of fast food nearly 30 years ago, Zero Acre Farms is redefining cooking oil with healthier and more environmentally friendly offerings.” 

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