Progress Update on Chipotle’s Pledge to Drive Change

As an organization, Chipotle is committed to ensuring total transparency on what it is doing to continue to drive change and cultivate a better world. In June 2020, Chipotle shared a pledge in support of the Black community and provides updates on its progress towards creating an equal society. Chipotle has been recognized by Forbes as one of Americas Best Employers for Diversity 2021, in addition to Chairman and CEO Brian Niccol’s inclusion on Comparably’s list of ‘Best CEOS for Diversity’. Below are the steps Chipotle is taking today to drive real, meaningful change. [updated May 20, 2021]


  • Tying Executive compensation to ESG goals, which includes maintaining both racial and gender pay equity as well as implementing a program to accelerate the development of its diverse field organization and support center employees for promotion to above restaurant and next level roles.
  • Various Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) have been formed as a way for employees to create community and live Chipotle values; most recently, a new Multicultural ERG was formed called UNIFIED – United Network of Influencers Furthering Inclusion and Ethnic Diversity to foster diversity and inclusion across the organization. 
  • Holding ongoing listening sessions across the organization to better understand how it can evolve as a company and provide equal opportunities for all.
  • Enabling employees to identify organizations to spotlight for in app donations
  • Reviewing internal diversity data to identify areas requiring more focus and making strategic plans to address those areas through hiring, development, and ERGs.
  • Conducting a pay equity study across all levels and roles to ensure compensation equity across all genders and ethnicities.
  • Piloting a mentorship program identifying a diverse group of high potential talent for development and greater advancement within the company.
  • Partnering with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to build a pipeline of diverse talent
  • Engaging a third party (Medici Group) to conduct an assessment of the company’s DE&I practices across the business. 
  • Expanding the role and title of Chipotle’s Chief People Officer, Marissa Andrada, to now include Chief Diversity, Inclusion and People Officer as she continues to champion a culture of diversity and dignity for all people.
  • Expanding the debt-free degree program for our employees to include its first HBCU, Paul Quinn College
  • Launched “The Real Scoop with Marissa” in July 2020 with a new virtual multicultural education series featuring conversations with black influencers across a variety of industries. 
  • Provided access to voter registration and education.


Board of Directors:

  • Appointing diverse representatives on Chipotle’s Board of Directors 


Marketing and Advertising:

  • Continuing to ensure our advertising campaigns mirror the demographics of our employee population and is inclusive of the race and ethnicity of our employees.
  • Engaging with a diverse mix of influencers that align with our employees and diverse customer base.
  • Partnering and contributing to Black organizations like The Center for Black Equity, with a $50,000 donation as a result of Chipotle’s 2020 Pride campaign.
  • Matching the prize pool for the Chipotle Challenger Series II esports competition by donating $25,000 to the National Urban League


Philanthropy and Community Improvement:

  • Pledged company support of equality for the Black community.
  • Pledging $1,000,000 in support of organizations advocating against systemic racism, beginning with a commitment of $500,000 to the National Urban League.
  • $250,000 allocated to community improvement grants to be identified and activated at the local level, and facilitated by Chipotle SERVES ERG.


Customer Engagement:

  • Enabling guests to support organizations helping Black and at-risk communities by rounding up their bill to the next highest dollar amount at checkout on the Chipotle app or To-date, guests contributed over $1,000,000 to the National Urban League, over $454,000 to The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, over $1,000,000 to Kids In Need, and over $300,000 to AAPI Civic Engagement Fund to help support racial equality in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.


Supply Chain:

  • Chipotle and the CHIPOTLE CULTIVATE FOUNDATION have contributed over $500,000 to-date to support the next generation of farmers through the NATIONAL YOUNG FARMERS COALITION. Most recently, 50 diverse, young farmers were awarded $5,000 grants to begin or grow their business, 78% of which represent minorities in the industry.