Texas Roadhouse | Report on GHG emission targets at Texas Roadhouse

40.42% votes in favour
AGM date
Previous AGM date
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Resolution details
Company ticker
Resolution ask
Report on or disclose
ESG theme
  • Environment
ESG sub-theme
  • Net Zero / Paris aligned
Type of vote
Shareholder proposal
Filer type
Company sector
Consumer Discretionary
Company HQ country
United States
Resolved clause
Shareholders request Texas Roadhouse issue a report, at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information, describing if, and how, it plans to measure and reduce its total contribution to climate change, including emissions from its supply chain, and align its operations with the Paris Agreement’s goal of maintaining global temperature increases to 1.5oC.
Whereas clause
The 2018 National Climate Assessment found “climate change presents numerous challenges to sustaining and enhancing crop productivity, livestock health, and the economic vitality of rural communities,” and rising temperatures are “the largest contributing factor to declines in the productivity of U.S. agriculture.”1 Not only is agricultural production susceptible to climate change, it also contributes approximately 22% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. The impacts of climate change on agricultural commodities are evident today. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 60% of the nation's cattle were affected by drought in 2022, which led many ranchers to slaughter herds early due to pasture conditions. In fact, more domestic beef cows were slaughtered in July of 2022 than in any month on record.3 The USDA expects “[d]omestic use of beef…to decline sharply in 2023 as the U.S. cattle herd shrinks, a result of drought and high feed costs,” with 2023 beef production forecast 6% lower than that of 2022. The price of feeder steers in September 2022 was approximately 14% higher than the prior year.4

Texas Roadhouse has yet to disclose the greenhouse gas emissions associated with its direct operations or supply chain, let alone establish credible targets to reduce those emissions. While the company discloses anecdotes regarding operational resource management initiatives, much of its emissions footprint likely lies in the supply chain. Peer Darden Restaurants reports supply chain emissions account for approximately 80% of its overall footprint.
Several restaurant companies, including Chipotle, McDonald’s, and Yum! Brands, are taking responsibility for their full value chain emissions and working to align their carbon footprints with goals of the Paris Agreement. These companies are not only measuring their full value chain emissions, but also pursuing long-term, science-based emissions reduction goals.
Proponents believe a report describing if, and how, Texas Roadhouse plans to measure and reduce its full value chain emissions footprint is a prudent and vital course of action that should help the Company and investors understand the sourcing and pricing risks associated with climate change, potential carbon-related regulations, and evolving consumer preferences.
Supporting statement
Shareholders recommend the report disclose, among other issues at board and management discretion, the relative benefits and drawbacks of:
-Establishing for the Company’s full greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) footprint
- short, medium , and long-term emissions reduction targets aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement; and
-Developing a transition plan detailing how the Company intends to achieve such targets.

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