Corporate Governance and Leadership Resources

Corporate Governance Overview

McDonald's success is built on a foundation of personal and professional integrity. Hundreds of millions of people around the world trust McDonald's. We earn that trust every day by serving safe food, respecting our customers and employees and delivering outstanding Quality, Service, Cleanliness and Value (QSC&V). We build on this trust by being ethical, truthful and dependable. In short, what Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald's Corporation, said more than 50 years ago was right.


The basis for our entire business is that we are ethical, truthful and dependable. It takes time to build a reputation. We are not promoters. We are business people with a solid, permanent, constructive ethical program that will be in style years from now even more than it is today.

Ray Kroc, 1958


Board of Director's Boardroom at McDonald's Headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.

Board of Directors

McDonald’s Corporation’s Board of Directors is entrusted with the oversight of the Company’s business affairs and assets.

The Board believes that good corporate governance is guided by ethical, truthful and dependable leadership and is committed to continually improving its governance policies to ensure the integrity of the McDonald's System for all stakeholders.

Governance Resources

The cornerstone of McDonald's success is a business model built on integrity. The Board of Directors has long believed that good corporate governance, guided by ethical, truthful and dependable leadership is critical to driving long-term success. In this section, learn more about McDonald’s Governance Resources, including the Board of Directors, Governance Principles and Codes of Conduct.

Political Contributions

While McDonald’s does not generally make contributions to political parties, candidates or organizations, public policy issues may arise that could impact the McDonald’s System. To address these needs, the McDonald’s Corporation Board of Directors created the Public Policy & Strategy Committee to evaluate potential contributions in a manner consistent with the Company’s core values. In this section, learn more about McDonald’s Political Contribution Policy, Political Contributions, McDonald’s Trade Association Memberships and McDonald’s PAC.

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Impact Strategy & ESG Reporting

To manage our impact carefully and hold ourselves accountable across a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, we have strategies, goals, and performance indicators that we report against annually. Our Purpose & Impact Reporting Suite is designed to be a living reporting platform on our website where people can see our progress and understand how we’re doing year over year. Learn more about McDonald’s impact strategies, governance and stakeholder engagement and view our latest ESG Reports and Performance.



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