April 12, 2022— Toast, the all-in-one digital platform built for restaurants, today announced that its CEO Chris Comparato has signed onto the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
By signing on to this commitment, Toast is pledging to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, and where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion.
“At Toast, we embrace a hospitality mindset and strive to make everyone – from employees and customers to partners and beyond – feel like they belong,” said Chris Comparato, Chairman and CEO, Toast. “We will continue to play an important role in vowing that inclusion is core to our workplace culture and that our company is representative of the diverse restaurants and communities we serve.”
The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge calls upon participating organizations to accelerate diversity and inclusion by committing to actions in each of its components:
Continue to make its workplaces trusting places to have complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations about diversity & inclusion
Expand unconscious bias education and share best practices and innovative ideas for progress
Share strategic inclusion and diversity plans with our board of directors
Toast will bake inclusive principles into its practices, equity into its design, embrace unique identities and leverage the strength of diversity to achieve the best results. Partnering with the CEO Action Movement represents an important step for Toast in further committing to its company values. It provides a framework to engage colleagues and customers in existing efforts to enhance the Toast experience for all.
These efforts include supporting the Toast CAFE (Council of Advocates For Equity) and Toast Communities (ERGs), made up of Toasters across the organization that bring their unique perspectives and partnerships to enable the success of all employees and Toast's business. Toast will continue to move to actionable solidarity through equitable development programs, benefits and a safe space for conversations.
The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is led by a steering committee of CEOs and leaders from Accenture, BCG, Deloitte US, The Executive Leadership Council, EY, General Atlantic, KPMG, New York Life, Procter & Gamble, and PwC. The coalition represents 85 industries, all 50 US States, and millions of employees globally. To learn more about the pledge, visit CEOAction.com. The website serves as a hub for information sharing, idea generation, and program development. With more than 1,400+ best known actions shared, companies that are not currently implementing the elements of the pledge can use it as an opportunity to learn from others that are already doing so.