McDonalds supports inclusive and rights-based youth employment

McDonald's supports inclusive and rights-based youth employment

 June 05, 2019

As part of McDonald's commitment to reduce barriers to employment for two million young people by 2025, the company was proud to be part of the United Nations Decent Jobs For Youth annual conference, discussing how to scale up action on youth employment around the McDonald's Scale for Good promise.

The Decent Jobs for Youth annual conference took place under the theme Rights and Voices of Youth, promoting an inclusive and rights-based youth employment agenda that allows youth to find their voice and advance their interests. 

Decent Jobs for Youth - the global initiative for action

Launched in 2016 by the executive heads of the UN, Decent Jobs for Youth is the global initiative to promote youth employment and ensure that young people have access to decent work in line with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development . 

By supporting Decent Jobs for Youth, McDonald’s joins a diverse group of strategic partners committed to scaling up action and impact on youth employment. Partners of Decent Jobs for Youth agree to align their actions to 15 key guiding principles and improve the quantity and quality of jobs for youth. In return, they:

  • secure access to expertise, networks, and best practices from a worldwide alliance committed to creating decent jobs for young women and men
  • gain further global recognition by positioning the organizations’ youth employment actions in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • increase their scope and impact through synergies at country and regional level

“Around the world, too many young people are finding that, through no fault of their own, there are barriers to entry into the workplace. We believe this needs to change,” said David Fairhurst, McDonald’s Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer. “That is why McDonald’s and participating Franchisees are expanding our existing world-class workplace training and education programmes to go beyond those that we hire. Together, we will leverage our scale for good and help these young people to develop the core workplace skills they need to get a job and the opportunities they need to kick-start their career and achieve their true potential – whether at McDonald’s or elsewhere.”

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