Climate change is the biggest environmental issue of our time, affecting McDonald’s customers, employees and everything from our supply chain to the thousands of communities around the world in which we operate McDonald’s restaurants. As the world’s largest restaurant company, we want to use our scale to help address this defining issue for current and future generations.
We acknowledge that climate change globally impacts air, energy, water, forests, agriculture and public health, and halting climate change requires substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. We are committed to making greenhouse gas emissions reductions a business priority and making environmental stewardship synonymous with our company’s identity.
We know that we can’t fight climate change alone, so we’re partnering with our suppliers, Franchisees, industry, governments, non-governmental organizations and others to take action.
In 2015, we launched our White House American Business Act on Climate Change Pledge (pdf, 80.6KB), which outlines our commitment to combating climate change through specific actions on issues such as deforestation, beef production and energy used in McDonald’s restaurants. This is supported by McDonald’s Energy and Climate Position Statement (pdf, 57.6KB), which sets out our view on taking effective, collaborative action to tackle climate change.
Some of the biggest drivers of McDonald’s global carbon footprint are beef production, packaging and waste, and energy usage. While we have made great strides on these issues to date, we are taking even bigger and bolder actions moving forward.