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Resolution details
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Resolution ask
Other ask
ESG theme
  • Social
ESG sub-theme
  • Decent work
Type of vote
Shareholder proposal
Filer type
Company sector
Consumer Discretionary
Company HQ country
United States
Resolved clause
Resolved: Shareholders request the Board of Directors of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (“the Company”) commission an independent third-party audit on the impact of the Company’s policies and practices on the safety and well-being of workers. A report on the audit, prepared at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information, should be made available on the Company's website. The audit should include: 
• Evaluation of management and business practices that contribute to an unsafe or violent environment, including staffing capacity; 
• Meaningful consultation with workers and customers to inform appropriate solutions; and, 
• Recommendations for actions and regular reporting with progress on identified actions. 
Supporting statement
Supporting Statement: 
Workplace violence is recognized as a national cause for concern. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that acts of violence and other injuries are the third leading cause of fatal occupational injury in the U.S. OSHA states, “However it manifests itself, workplace violence is a major concern for employers and employees nationwide.”
Chipotle has been the subject of media reports over the past year showing staff exposure to customer violence. We believe these reports represent a growing reputational risk to Chipotle and shareholders.
In 2023, there were terrifying reports of workers being robbed at gunpoint in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Rochester, Minnesota; and Columbus, Ohio as well as Chipotle workers being assaulted by customers in Parma, Ohio. 
Chipotle workers have been exposed to unsanitary conditions. A Chipotle restaurant in South Florida was the subject of an investigative TV news report on health risks from unclean conditions. The report revealed overflowing sewage from the restrooms into the dining and food service areas and observed workers standing in the sewage during cleanup efforts. 
The Company has come under fire for failure to protect employees’ mental, emotional, and physical well-being. The United States Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) filed a suit against the Company alleging management harassment of a female Muslim Chipotle worker in Lenexa, Kansas. The EEOC claims a manager repeatedly requested the worker to remove her hijab and eventually forcibly took the hijab off her head. Her complaints to management went unheeded and she resigned. The Company eventually offered her a position at another location and fired the manager for an unrelated issue.
We believe problems of understaffing can exacerbate workers’ anxiety over health and safety risks. In Augusta, Maine Chipotle workers cited safety concerns due to understaffing. An Augusta worker stated, “I think there were two people manning an entire kitchen meant for at least seven people.” Chipotle’s Code of Ethics states the Company protects the health and safety of its employees. We believe that however well-intentioned the policy, this commitment is not being met. We urge shareholders to vote FOR this proposal.

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