UN Sustainable Development Goals
McDonald’s Scale for Good initiatives support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, a global agenda to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.
A roadmap for sustainability
In 2015, the UN set 17 universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to provide a holistic and ambitious roadmap for governments, businesses and civil society to work together in partnership toward making these goals a reality.
The SDGs are important to our stakeholders, including customers and their communities, the farmers and suppliers that produce our food, McDonald’s employees and our non-governmental organization (NGO) advisors and partners. In taking our first steps to map our Scale for Good initiatives to the SDGs, we hope that we will help to drive meaningful action that positively impacts this global agenda.
“We welcome and fully support the SDGs as a roadmap for our Scale for Good journey to ensure we make a positive difference to some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the world today. We have a role to play in helping society meet the goals and are committed to drive meaningful change that reaches beyond the McDonald’s system in the areas where we can have the biggest impact.”
Keith Kenny, Vice President Global Sustainability, McDonald's Corporation
McDonald’s and the SDGs
We’ve mapped our initiatives against the UN SDGs and have identified those where we believe we can focus our resources to help drive the greatest impact:
SDG 2 – Zero Hunger
Universal access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food at all times of the year requires sustainable food production systems and more resilient agriculture practices. McDonald’s is committed to serving delicious food, sourced in a way that is better for both the planet and the communities in our supply chains and where we operate. We’ve also set new goals on kids’ nutrition as part of our commitment to families.
Related Scale for Good work streams: Commitment to Families, Farmer Livelihoods, Beef Sustainability, Responsible Sourcing (Chicken, Fish, Coffee, Palm Oil), Packaging and Recycling, Climate Change, Animal Health & Welfare, and Conserving Forests.
SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
Reducing unemployment and developing useful skillsets, especially for young people, are essential components of sustained and inclusive economic growth. The Company and its independent Franchisees employ over a million people worldwide at any given point in time. Together we have the opportunity to provide meaningful work, valuable development opportunities across McDonald’s restaurants and offices, and are proud to promote diversity and inclusivity in our communities.
SDG 12 – Responsible Production and Consumption
Sourcing our food and packaging responsibly is critical for us to continue sourcing high-quality raw materials long into the future. This includes making the most efficient use of natural resources, and minimizing negative impacts on people and the planet. The Company aspires toward supporting a more circular economy by focusing not only on where our ingredients and materials come from, but also what happens to packaging waste along the supply chain, in McDonald’s restaurants and in our communities.
SDG 13 – Climate Action
Climate Change is the biggest environmental issue of our time, affecting our customers, our employees, and everything from our supply chain to the thousands of communities around the world in which we operate our restaurants. As the world’s largest restaurant company, we’re using our scale to help address this defining issue for current and future generations.
SDG 15 – Life on Land
Forests around the world are under threat from deforestation, which is estimated to account for 15% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This represents a real risk to our business, our supply chain and our customers. We believe that an effective approach to address deforestation will require strong collaboration between governments, civil society and the private sector. We are committed to working with suppliers, governments, producers and other corporate and NGO partners to eliminate deforestation from our global supply chains, and promoting responsible forestry and production practices that benefit people, communities and the planet.
SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals
We believe that we can only drive meaningful change across all of our Scale for Good initiatives by partnering within the McDonald’s system as well as externally with other stakeholders and organizations to tackle global issues collaboratively. We are all in this together – from McDonald’s employees, Franchisees and suppliers to investors, NGOs and academics – and we know that local communities and subject matter experts are critical for lasting impact. Continuing to build meaningful partnerships will help us to prioritize issues of greatest concern to our business and society, and drive innovation.
SDG 17 maps across all our Scale for Good work.
A wider contribution to all goals
While we focus on the topics where we can make the greatest difference, our work globally touches on all of the SDGs, as shown below.
All Scale for Good initiatives
We are proud to demonstrate how we believe our work contributes to the SDGs, but acknowledge that there is more to do. We look forward to continuing our journey and further evolving how we can make the most meaningful contribution towards making a sustainable future possible.