McDonalds takes action to address climate change

McDonald's takes action to address climate change

 March 22, 2018

McDonald's has become the first restaurant company in the world to address global climate change by setting a Science Based Target to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

As the biggest environmental issue of our time, affecting McDonald’s customers, employees and everything from its supply chain to the thousands of communities around the world in which it operates - McDonald's is well aware that when it operates 37,000 restaurants in 120 markets around the world, serving 69 million people each day, every change can make a big difference.

Francesca DeBiase, Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer, McDonald’s stated “We recognize that the size and reach of our business puts us in a unique position to improve people’s lives and the environment all around the world. We want to use our 'Scale for Good' and always keep raising the bar on what it means to be a responsible company committed to people and the planet.”

Science based targets

The Company will partner with Franchisees to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to McDonald’s restaurants and offices by 36% by 2030 from a 2015 base year. Through collaboration and partnership with its suppliers and producers, the Company also commits to a 31% reduction in emissions intensity (per metric ton of food and packaging) across our supply chain by 2030 from 2015 levels. This combined target has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

McDonald's expect to prevent 150 million metric tons of C02 equivalents (CO2e) from being released into the atmosphere by 2030. This is the equivalent of taking 32 million passenger cars off the road for an entire year or planting 3.8 billion trees and growing them for 10 years. This target will enable McDonald’s to grow as a business without growing its emissions.

Using its scale for good

As one of the world’s largest restaurant companies, McDonald's understands its responsibility and opportunity to take action on some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the world today. The global company is embracing this opportunity to drive meaningful progress, and to do so by collaborating with millions of customers, employees, Franchisees, suppliers and its other partners.

McDonald's believes these initiatives are most impactful when they go beyond the direct reach of its company to influence action both within its business network and beyond. This is what McDonald's calls using its 'Scale For Good' stating "We hope our efforts can drive real change, so they become tomorrow’s standard. It’s an ongoing effort, and we’re always looking to what’s next."

A progressive employer

As a company committed to helping its employees and customers in the communities its serves, McDonald's has a number of exciting opportunities open to those with a similar mindset who are striving for a career with impact. Take a look at these current vacancies with this progressive employer.


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