Our work shows that each form of waste involves its own issues and has its own unique solutions, so we believe our most effective role is to build momentum around different aspects of packaging, food waste and recycling through a variety of actions and more targeted goals, including customer-facing initiatives, community programs and working with our suppliers. We recently announced the latest step in this ongoing journey: our 2025 goals to improve our packaging and reduce lobby waste.
Our efforts to eliminate waste in our kitchens and supply chain support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, a global agenda to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all, specifically:
As well as these, we’ve mapped our Scale for Good initiatives to all 17 goals.
We want to ensure that our food serves its purpose of feeding people. In several countries, we’ve started working with our suppliers to reduce food loss and waste in our supply chains and with our Franchisees to reduce food going to waste in restaurants, but recognize that there is a lot more to be done.
In the U.S., the McDonald’s Food Donation Program in partnership with Food Donation Connection has 785 registered restaurants and has donated over 370,000 pounds of food to charities in need, as of January 2018.
To begin scaling some of these initiatives, we are working on a Global Food Disposition Policy, which will encourage our suppliers and distributors globally to dispose of food in alignment with the food waste hierarchy, including enabling food donations to be made where possible.
Less is more: our food waste hierarchy
(Adapted from EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy)