Chipotle Mexican Grill 

Chipotle Mexican Grill is a chain of fast-casual dining restaurants specializing in tacos and burritos, with locations in the US and Europe. Founded in 1993 in Denver, Colorado, Chipotle was briefly owned by McDonald's from 1998, but fully divested by 2006, when its chain had grown to over 500 locations in the United States. Today, Chipotle operates 2,580 restaurants throughout the US alongside 39 international branches.

Baseline assessment


Started the journey


Room for improvement

Social inclusion

Started the journey


Chipotle publicly discloses several environmental and social inclusion commitments but has room for improvement in the nutrition dimension. The company does not have targets to reduce GHG emissions or commitments to protect and restore terrestrial natural habitats. However, it recently debuted a sustainability tracker for its digital orders, allowing customers to understand the ecological footprint of their meals. Neither does the company have commitments to improve soil health and agrobiodiversity, although it does encourage suppliers to use drip irrigation systems to conserve water. As part of its ‘Food with Integrity’ vision, Chipotle requires suppliers to certify that animals are not given added hormones or antibiotics and that all produce should be grown organically. Chipotle has set a target to reduce its overall waste per restaurant per week by 30% by 2020. It has also set targets to improve the animal welfare standards of all animal species. In the nutrition dimension, Chipotle is committed to food safety standards that include internal and third-party inspection processes. The company has no commitments relating to product reformulation, availability of healthy foods, clear labelling, responsible marketing or employee nutrition. In the social inclusion dimension, the company prohibits child and forced labour in its own operations and supply chain but has not committed to paying a living wage. The company supports young farmers through a local produce programme, but it is not committed to protecting the land rights of vulnerable groups.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
USD 5,586,369,000
Major subsidiaries
Consumer brands

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

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