Our McFamily is Taking Action Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18, 2021

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?’ - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Last summer, our McDonald’s family vowed to come together more often to listen and learn from each other. Last week, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., we continued our conversation.  

McDonald’s President and CEO Chris Kempczinski, Senior Vice President and Chief Restaurant Officer Mason Smoot, Vice President and Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Reggie Miller and members of our local communities spoke to thousands of people in our McFamily about Dr. King’s vision and his values of diversity, equity, inclusion and volunteerism.

Our company values of Serve, Integrity, Inclusion, Family and Community speak to Dr. King’s creed. As a McFamily, we remain committed to our beliefs and standards for diversity, equity, inclusion and respect.

For years, our McFamily has banded together in amazing, impactful ways through our Employee Business Networks, which support inclusive work environments, career development and mentoring, and grant members access to our company’s senior leadership. In fact, last year alone, our Employee Business Networks came together to host more than 100 virtual volunteer experiences, as well as virtual learning experiences for both McDonald’s employees and their children who are attending school remotely during the pandemic. Our Employee Business Networks also hosted important programming on the importance of allyship.

We salute our Employee Business Networks for continuing the legacy of Dr. King by serving our System.

To further celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., we're asking McDonald’s employees across the U.S. to donate their time and resources to Ronald McDonald House Charities in the coming weeks. Already, employees are purchasing high-priority items like cleaning products, baby diapers, fresh bedding, children’s toys, cookware and more for RMHC Chapters throughout the country. Members of our McFamily are also taking time to record short videos of themselves reading McDonald’s Happy Meal Readers Books. These short videos will be shared with RMHC Chapters around the world for families to watch together, when they have downtime.

Going forward into 2021 and beyond, with Dr. King’s vision as our guide, we will continue to speak up and be a catalyst for change in our communities.


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