McDonalds leaders pen open letter highlighting inclusion efforts

McDonald's leaders pen open letter highlighting inclusion efforts

 May 04, 2021

At McDonald's, they believe their reach comes with responsibilities. They feed more people, touch more markets, and operate in more communities than any other restaurant in the world. While they have always been committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, they recognize that McDonald’s has both a business obligation and social responsibility to do more to make our world more equitable.

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Supporting this focus, McDonald's Global Leadership Team penned an open letter about their journey to cultivate more inclusion within McDonald's and in the world - explaining where they are on the journey, where they are going, and how they will get there.

Here's what the open letter said:

At McDonald’s, we believe our reach comes with responsibilities. We feed more people, touch more markets, and operate in more communities than any other restaurant in the world. While we have always been committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, we recognize that McDonald’s has both a business obligation and social responsibility to do more to make our world more equitable.

Guided by our values, we are committed to being better allies, sponsors and leaders. Our global ambition is to represent the diverse communities in which we operate, accelerate cultures of inclusion and belonging, and dismantle barriers to economic opportunity. Read more about this work.

At the core of our commitment to delivering equitable opportunity for all is to encompass the full expression of diversity: the representation and inclusion of different genders, races, cultures, identities, sexual orientations, ages, religions, abilities, languages, experiences and expressions.

As the global leadership team of McDonald’s, we are dedicated to empowering the business with the tools, resources and support so that every person in our company can play an active role in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.

To hold ourselves accountable, we have a shared understanding of our Current State, our Foundation to Build Upon and our Goals & Opportunities. We invite the public to also hold us accountable, which is why we are sharing this information publicly and will continue to share our progress going forward.

We know there’s hard work ahead, but few companies on the planet are better positioned to make a difference than McDonald’s.

Signed, 

The Global Leadership Team

Chris Kempczinski 
President and Chief Executive Officer

Piotr Jucha 
Senior Vice President, Global Restaurant Development & Restaurant Solutions Group

Lucy Brady 
Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Customer Engagement Officer

Desiree Ralls-Morrison
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Heidi Capozzi 
Executive Vice President and Global Chief People Officer

Alistair Macrow 
Senior Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer

Francesca DeBiase 
Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer

Katie Beirne Fallon 
Executive Vice President and Chief Global Impact Officer

Daniel Henry 
Executive Vice President, Global CIO

Kevin Ozan 
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Joe Erlinger 
President, McDonald's USA

Ian Borden 
President, International

No matter where you are in the world, when you interact with McDonald’s - through the app, in a restaurant, by watching a commercial, working in an office setting or as a crew member  - inclusion and equity should be as evident and familiar as the Arches themselves. We are on a journey to cultivate even more inclusion in our company and the world. 

Read the full article about McDonald's Global Leadership Team's open letter on inclusion.


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