In honor of Juneteenth — the day that commemorates the effective end of slavery in the U.S. and the longest-running African American holiday — Chipotle is proud to stand in solidarity with the Black community and continues to pledge its support.
Since the day we opened our doors, Chipotle has been committed to supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) and creating an environment where ALL are welcome, and ALL can succeed. With the creation of our values in 2018, we made it clear that Authenticity Lives Here and that we will always stand up for what’s important, even when it’s hard. In 2020, we took a public stand against the social and racial injustice that continues to impact the Black community and have remained dedicated to our pledge to take supportive actions and inspire change. To date, we have mentored, invested in or provided financial support totaling millions of dollars to:
- The National Urban League to help advocate against racism and inequality and support the Black community.
- Several Black-led organizations across the country through the LISC Project 10x, an initiative addressing racial inequalities in health, wealth and opportunity.
- The Kids In Need Foundation’s Supply a Teacher Program, which seeks to empower teachers in underserved schools by providing them supplies for their classroom so they don’t need to buy items out of their own pocket.
- The Black Farmers’ Market, an organization dedicated to offering access to fresh foods from Black farmers while changing misconceptions about healthy eating and creating economic opportunities for Black entrepreneurs within the food system.
- The Thurgood Marshall College Fund to build a pipeline of diverse talent.
- Black-owned banks and money market funds, which helps support economic development in low- and moderate-income communities.
Last year, Chipotle began pursuing the MLT Black Equity at Work Certification—a program that holds employers accountable to a common Black equity standard and requires meaningful, measurable action and accomplishment in areas such as increasing Black representation at every level, cultivating an anti-racist workplace and ensuring equitable business practices. Not only does MLT Black Equity at Work certification require employers to make progress toward achieving Black equity internally, but it also requires that they support Black equity in society.
To honor Juneteenth, Chipotle is featuring the National Urban League as its Round Up for Real Change partner through June 30. Chipotle invites guests to donate by rounding up their bill to the next highest dollar amount on the Chipotle app and Chipotle.com. Together, we can nurture systems that promote racial equity and wellbeing for every American.
Additionally, Chipotle continues to learn from Black influencers and amplify Black voices among its employees. This month, Chipotle is hosting a virtual conversation with a descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. Douglass was a leader in the movement to end slavery in the years leading up to Juneteenth, and Washington’s writings about the Black experience in America ensured the world would always remember this critically important time in history.