Taco Bell has announced a host of commitments, including its plans to make all consumer-facing packaging recyclable by 2025 and test a $100,000 salary for managers of company-owned restaurants in select markets.
By 2025, the brand intends to make all consumer-facing packaging recyclable, compostable or reusable. As part of this plan, recycling and / or composting bins will be added to all restaurants, where infrastructure permits. It also aims to remove PFAS, Phthalates and BPA from all consumer-facing packaging materials.
The brand will test a $100,000 annual salary for restaurant general managers of company-owned restaurants in some chosen locations later this year.
From this year, company employees across its US operations can become eligible to receive at least 24 hours of paid sick time per calendar year.
In this year, the Taco Bell Foundation is awarding $6m in scholarships in 2020 to help fans and team members to pursue their passions.
It also plans to continue offering vegetarian choices, as well as seek opportunities to make it even easier for customers to order them, through the app, in the restaurant or through the drive-thru.
Taco Bell CEO Mark King said: “It’s no secret that Taco Bell marches to the beat of its own drum, and we provide our fans with unexpected experiences year after year. From the Doritos Locos Taco to the Taco Bell Hotel, we want to continue to lead in creativity on our menus, in our restaurants and beyond.
“As Taco Bell expands its footprint, our responsibility to drive positive impact increases. Our business growth in the last decade has positioned us to create change for good and implement creative solutions for our planet, our people and our food. We’re excited to shake things up and make 2020 even more about what matters most: our purpose.”