October 14, 2022
At CAVA, we care deeply about the impact we have on our communities and the world at large. Recently there has been media coverage focusing on the presence of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Certain PFAS are known to be persistent in the environment, and it can be difficult to remove all traces of them from packaging. We are committed to transitioning to guest packaging that does not contain intentionally added PFAS. CAVA is partnering with new packaging suppliers who are committed to supplying us with products that meet this standard. Our packaging transition started in August 2021, and our goal is to complete the transition for all to-go food packaging used in our restaurants by the end of 2022. While we have been working diligently at this effort, it has taken longer than we hoped due to a multitude of factors related to the pandemic, and especially global supply chain challenges. CAVA is committed to providing quality products that meet our valued customers’ expectations and will periodically keep our guests updated on our progress.
CAVA Joins Time to Vote Movement Ahead of 2020 General Election
August 27, 2020
Voter turnout in the U.S. is one of the lowest in the developed world; one of the most common reasons people give for not voting is that they are too busy with the demands of life and work. In 2018, CAVA led the industry by offering paid time off to all Team Members to vote in the general election. This June, we announced our expanded policy, offering paid time off for all local, state, and federal elections. Today, CAVA joined Time To Vote, alongside 700 companies, with the commitment to give employees the time and the tools they need to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming 2020 general election. For more information on Time to Vote, visit their website: https://www.maketimetovote.org
Our Commitment to Action
June 9, 2020
Last week we committed to using our voice to be a positive force for change. We spent the past week educating ourselves and holding listening sessions with our team to understand a range of perspectives on what actions we should take. Today, we commit to action. We cannot stand by and simply just speak out. We must invest in sustainable and tangible solutions for social justice and racial inequality. In alignment with our values, we pledge to take specific actions in support of advancing Black communities and our Black Team Members. And we ask you to hold us accountable to what we do next, and what we continue to do in the years to come. We intend to be a positive and meaningful contributor towards the fight against racial inequality in this country. Keep voicing your voices, keep protesting, keep shining a light. Our Initial Commitments and Actions: Action 1: When it comes to the diversity of our team – we have much more work to do. We will set diversity goals and share our annual progress at the end of each year. To help us accomplish our goals, we will do the following:
- We will formalize an internship and recruiting program with Howard University in our hometown of Washington, DC
- We will begin focused efforts to recruit from the National Black MBA Association
- We will require all Team Members to complete unconscious bias training
- We will expand our current gender pay audit to ensure parity across diverse and non-diverse Team Members
Action 2: We will donate $50,000 to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which empowers Black students to get to and get through college each year, to thrive and become leaders. Action 3: Change is critically needed in our justice system, and specifically within elected officials at the local and state levels. We will donate $50,000 to Equal Justice Initiative, an organization committed to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. Action 4: In 2018 we led the industry by offering paid time off to all Team Members to vote in the general election. Building on that commitment, we will expand our policy to offer paid time off for elections at all levels – local, state and federal. Action 5: We believe community action speaks louder than words and louder than simply writing checks. We are taking the following actions to hold ourselves true to our community values:
- We will expand our current paid community leave policy for hourly Team Members from 1 to 2 days annually, which can be used for activism and community service.
- For new restaurant opening Community Days, we will partner with local organizations that advance issues impacting Black communities. As we open La Jolla this week and Denver next week, we are partnering with the North San Diego County NAACP and the Colorado Center for African American Health.