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  • Overall approach
    8/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero-deforestation
      4/6
      "We’re committed to eliminating deforestation from our global supply chains, and promoting responsible forestry and production practices that benefit people, communities and the planet. [...] Our aim is to eliminate deforestation from our global supply chains by 2030"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      If Other Initiative, specify::

      Which initiatives?: New York Declaration on Forests; Soy Moratorium; Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support; Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 partner; WWF Global Forest & Trade Network
      "We are also a signatory to the New York Declaration on Forests (pdf, 786KB), a shared commitment from some of the world’s most influential countries, companies and NGOs to help end deforestation by 2030, and to eliminate deforestation from private-sector supply chains of agricultural commodities such as beef, soy, palm oil and paper products by 2020." "Amazon Soy Moratorium: Supporter of moratorium to stop illegal deforestation." "McDonald’s is a member of the Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support group." "McDonald's is an active member of the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA)." [...] "2014 - WWF’s Global Forest & Trade NetworkSigned GFTN agreement in support of responsible forest management"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "People, plants and animals rely on forests for food, fresh water, resources and shelter, and forests play a vital role in absorbing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and creating oxygen. But forests around the world are under threat from deforestation and forest degradation, and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization states that 18 million acres of forest – an area equivalent to Ireland – are being destroyed each year. Deforestation contributes to global GHG emissions and results in losses of biodiversity, displacement of indigenous communities and animal populations, and is a risk to the security of supply of our raw materials."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: operational
      "Conserving Forests: Forests play a vital role in absorbing greenhouse gas emissions and creating oxygen, yet forests around the world are under threat from deforestation and degradation. We’re verifying that beef production in our supply chain is not putting forests at risk, and we’re working with partners to halt deforestation, which is estimated to account for 15 percent of global GHGs and presents a real risk to our business, supply chain and customers."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Beef & Leather; Pulp & Paper

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Multiple times a year (not specified)
      "The Scale for Good leadership team was formed in 2016, bringing together cross-functional senior executives from across the Company who are accountable for leading McDonald’s strategy for responsible leadership. These leaders and their teams worked together to develop and guide our new Scale for Good platform and goals. The team is chaired by Francesca DeBiase, Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer. Each member of the team looks after a specific area of our Scale for Good work. Together, they ensure that we establish plans and monitor progress to achieve our goals and commitments, and that we share the progress we’re making through our brand communications globally and across the local markets. They meet multiple times a year to discuss strategy and progress. The leadership team is supported by a strong CEO voice, placing accountability at the very top of our organization." The Company's Scale for Good program includes a commitment to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain.
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 10,000 ha
      "One of the projects under the PCI strategy is the PECSA Program (formerly Novo Campo), a program that McDonald’s and Arcos Dorados - our Franchisee in Latin America – participated in along with the Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock, local NGOs and industry partners. The PECSA Program aims to help eliminate deforestation in the Amazon Biome and to meet the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef principles and criteria. With a target to restore 10,000 hectares of degraded land to improved pastures, the PECSA Program focuses on the recovery of degraded pastures and improvements in animal management, protecting the area’s biodiverse ecosystems."
  • Commodity score
    42/84
    • Beef
      48/84
      • Commitment Strength
        25/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            "We’re committed to eliminating deforestation from our beef supply chain by 2020 focusing on the countries with identified deforestation risks – making us one of the first global restaurant brands to take a stand to confirm that forests are protected while beef is produced." "The McDonald’s Deforestation-Free Beef Procurement Policy (“Policy”) was developed for implementing the McDonald’s Commitment on Forests in our beef supply chain in line with the McDonald’s Global Sustainability Framework; Strategic Sustainability Process; and Global Sustainable Sourcing Guide. This Policy applies to a list of priority countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil and Paraguay), where deforestation has taken place and/or is projected to take place."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "We’re committed to eliminating deforestation from our beef supply chainby 2020 focusing on the countries with identified deforestation risks". In other words, zero-deforestation policy "applies to a list of priority countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil and Paraguay), where deforestation has taken place and/or is projected to take place." McDonald's also has a secondary commitment to protect "primary forests and high conservation value lands", which only applies to "our top 10 beef sourcing countries(US, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Ireland, Canada, France, NZ,UK, Poland), which collectively represent more than 85% of our global beef volumes."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "We’re committed to eliminating deforestation from our beef supply chain by 2020 focusing on the countries with identified deforestation risks – making us one of the first global restaurant brands to take a stand to confirm that forests are protected while beef is produced." "The McDonald’s Deforestation-Free Beef Procurement Policy (“Policy”) was developed for implementing the McDonald’s Commitment on Forests in our beef supply chain in line with the McDonald’s Global Sustainability Framework; Strategic Sustainability Process; and Global Sustainable Sourcing Guide. This Policy applies to a list of priority countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil and Paraguay), where deforestation has taken place and/or is projected to take place."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            "For beef, we have created a traceability system working with Agrotools and Proforest and a Deforestation-Free Beef Procurement Policy that requires each of the criteria above to be fulfilled. This policy applies for all beef produced in Argentina, Australia, Brazil and Paraguay being supplied to McDonald’s globally. Our goal is that 100% of beef sourced from high risk regions for deforestation (Argentina, Australia, Brazil and Paraguay) are expected to have a system in place by 2020 to verify compliance with McDonald's Commitment on Forests. This will include traceability, risk mapping and verification through systems such as certification, jurisdictional approaches, or other farm level activities."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: 0 not specified

            What is the rationale for any exclusion?: Applies to locations identified as high risk only

            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "For beef, we have created a traceability system working with Agrotools and Proforest and a Deforestation-Free Beef Procurement Policy that requires each of the criteria above to be fulfilled. This policy applies for all beef produced in Argentina, Australia, Brazil and Paraguay being supplied to McDonald’s globally. Our goal is that 100% of beef sourced from high risk regions for deforestation (Argentina, Australia, Brazil and Paraguay) are expected to have a system in place by 2020 to verify compliance with McDonald's Commitment on Forests. This will include traceability, risk mapping and verification through systems such as certification, jurisdictional approaches, or other farm level activities."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "For beef, we have created a traceability system working with Agrotools and Proforest and a Deforestation-Free Beef Procurement Policy that requires each of the criteria above to be fulfilled. This policy applies for all beef produced in Argentina, Australia, Brazil and Paraguay being supplied to McDonald’s globally. Our goal is that 100% of beef sourced from high risk regions for deforestation (Argentina, Australia, Brazil and Paraguay) are expected to have a system in place by 2020 to verify compliance with McDonald's Commitment on Forests. This will include traceability, risk mapping and verification through systems such as certification, jurisdictional approaches, or other farm level activities."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            "For beef, we have created a traceability system working with Agrotools and Proforest and a Deforestation-Free Beef Procurement Policy that requires each of the criteria above to be fulfilled. This policy applies for all beef produced in Argentina, Australia, Brazil and Paraguay being supplied to McDonald’s globally. Our goal is that 100% of beef sourced from high risk regions for deforestation (Argentina, Australia, Brazil and Paraguay) are expected to have a system in place by 2020 to verify compliance with McDonald's Commitment on Forests. This will include traceability, risk mapping and verification through systems such as certification, jurisdictional approaches, or other farm level activities."
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "UN Declaration of Human Rights: We expect our suppliers toconduct their activities in a manner that respects human rightsas set out in The United Nations Universal Declaration of HumanRights. In addition, suppliers shall uphold the following laborpractices: Freedom of Association: Suppliers shall respect the rightsof workers to associate or not to associate with any group, aspermitted by and in accordance with all applicable laws andregulations. [...] Employment Practices: Suppliers shall not use any form ofslave, forced, bonded, indentured, or involuntary prison labor. [...] Underage Labor: Suppliers shall ensure that no underage laborhas been used in the production or distribution of their goods orservices. [...] Anti-Discrimination and Fair Treatment: Suppliers shallpromote and maintain a workplace free from discriminationand treat their employees with fairness, dignity and respect."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          "Respect the right of all affected communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent for plantation developments on land they own legally, communally or by custom"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        16/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            "As of the end of 2018, 84% of McDonald’s global beef supply is verified as compliant with our Commitment on Forests. This is a combination of beef coming from high-risk locations which has been verified through farm assessments, as well as beef traced back to locations with a low risk of deforestation."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "2018 Global Progress:As of the end of 2018, 84% of McDonald’s global beef supply is verified as compliant with our Commitment on Forests. This is a combination of beef coming from high-risk locations which has been verified through farm assessments, as well as beef traced back to locations with a low risk of deforestation."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: internal
            1/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: internal
            1/2
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Risk mapping using AgroTools' TerraSafe analysis tool

            What percent of the company’s supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 84%

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: None
            "As of the end of 2018, 84% of McDonald’s global beef supply is verified as compliant with our Commitment on Forests. This is a combination of beef coming from high-risk locations which has been verified through farm assessments, as well as beef traced back to locations with a low risk of deforestation." "AgroTools’ TerraSafe analysis tool uses a range of data sources to assess the level of risk within those specific locations - such as using the local definition of forests, and maps of peatlands, environmental hotspots, and other social and environmental aspects relevant in each location. This results in a risk score per location." "Through our risk assessment, we determined that 18% of our beef supply was from high-risk locations (as of 2018). We identified the Chaco in Argentina and Paraguay, the Amazon and Cerrado in Brazil and Queensland in Australia as high-risk regions for deforestation associated with beef production. Recognizing that not all areas within these regions are high-risk, McDonald’s completed a risk analysis for each area in order to determine where to prioritize efforts. This analysis was completed using the WWF Living Forests report and will be reviewed on an annual basis."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
          "Since 2011, we have worked closely with industry leaders as a founding member of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), which brings together stakeholders from across the supply chain – from farmer and rancher to packer-processer, retailer and the consumer, as well as non-governmental organizations. This diverse representation builds constructive dialogue and mutual understanding."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 100%

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually
          "McDonald’s partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and suppliers to map our five priority commodity supply chains to identify product origins and assess the risk of deforestation. Through this process we were able to identify high-risk geographies from which we source. This assessment paired McDonald’s supply chain data with that of the eleven world regions accounting for the majority of deforestation, based on WWF’s Living Forests report. It was an important first step for us to understand exactly where our commodities were at risk, and where we could take action to drive the greatest positive impact." [...] "For beef and soy, we also partnered with Proforest and Agrotools to develop a risk methodology, aligned with the Accountability Framework Initiative, which assesses risk associated with specific postcodes, municipalities or farms."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Compliance with Law: Suppliers’ business activities shallcomply with applicable laws and regulations in the countriesand jurisdictions in which they operate. This Code applies toactivities in the locations where suppliers’ goods are produced,where any related services are performed, and where the goodsenter the supply chain [...] Audits and Assessments: McDonald’s reserves the right toaudit compliance with this Code. Audits are facility inspectionsthat include employee interviews and a review of supplierrecords and business practices. Such audits are conducted byMcDonald’s or its approved monitoring firm. If an audit identifiesa violation of this Code, suppliers shall act promptly to correctthe situation to McDonald’s satisfaction."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 801,957 tonnes
          The 2018 CDP Forests report indicates that McDonald's used 801,957 tons of beef in 2018 - Production volume was selected as the data here reflects raw material volume rather than finished product volume" unsure of the total un-certified volume as it's a mixture of high risk and low risk locations - "As of the end of 2018, 84% of McDonald’s global beef supply is verified as compliant with our Commitment on Forests. This is a combination of beef coming from high-risk locations which has been verified through farm assessments, as well as beef traced back to locations with a low risk of deforestation.Through our risk assessment, we determined that 18% of our beef supply was from high-risk locations (as of 2018). "
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 0 not disclosed

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 0 not disclosed

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually
          "'Low Risk’ means that volumes have been traced back to countries, biomes, municipalities, postcodes or farms/plantations that are classified as no or low risk of deforestation, in line with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Living Forests Report. McDonald’s works with WWF to assess this risk annually. For beef and soy, we also partnered with Proforest and Agrotools to develop a risk methodology, aligned with the Accountability Framework Initiative, which assesses risk associated with specific postcodes, municipalities or farms. [...] 'We currently track compliance with the Brazilian Forest Code only for the beef supply chain in Brazil as the other forest commodities either have certification as a solution (we expect certification schemes to track legal compliance as a minimum standard), or the products do not originate in Brazil. For beef we currently track the last farm before the slaughterhouse. We use the coordinates (polygon) of the farm and satellite forest imagery to map both compliance with the Brazilian Forest Code and McDonald’s commitment to zero-conversion in the Amazon and Cerrado biomes."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: implementation plans & develop strategies
          "Where we have identified a risk of deforestation, we require our suppliers to put implementation plans in place to mitigate that risk and ensure compliance with our Commitment on Forests, as well as reporting on progress and compliance annually." [...] "we work collaboratively with suppliers and expert partners to develop tailored solutions, strategies and definitions that are practical and effective."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil
      42/84
      • Commitment Strength
        18/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production [...] We are committed to sourcing RSPO certified palm oil."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production [...] We are committed to sourcing RSPO certified palm oil."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production [...] We are committed to sourcing RSPO certified palm oil."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production. [...] McDonald’1 is committed to eliminating deforestation from our global supply chains. [...] Additionally, we will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following:  No deforestation of primary forests or areas of High Conservation Value,  No development of High Carbon Stock forest areas,  No development on peatlands, regardless of depth, and the utilization of best management practices for existing commodity production on peatlands"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Indirect suppliers
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production. [...] McDonald’1 is committed to eliminating deforestation from our global supply chains. [...] Additionally, we will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following:  No deforestation of primary forests or areas of High Conservation Value,  No development of High Carbon Stock forest areas,  No development on peatlands, regardless of depth, and the utilization of best management practices for existing commodity production on peatlands"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production. [...] McDonald’1 is committed to eliminating deforestation from our global supply chains. [...] Additionally, we will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following:  No deforestation of primary forests or areas of High Conservation Value,  No development of High Carbon Stock forest areas,  No development on peatlands, regardless of depth, and the utilization of best management practices for existing commodity production on peatlands"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production. [...] McDonald’1 is committed to eliminating deforestation from our global supply chains. [...] Additionally, we will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following:  No deforestation of primary forests or areas of High Conservation Value,  No development of High Carbon Stock forest areas,  No development on peatlands, regardless of depth, and the utilization of best management practices for existing commodity production on peatlands"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Indirect suppliers
            Applies to centrally managed / direct suppliers only - "All centrally managed suppliers of restaurant and par-fry oil must: [...]Have a strategy for traceability to the mill and plantation level."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "UN Declaration of Human Rights: We expect our suppliers toconduct their activities in a manner that respects human rightsas set out in The United Nations Universal Declaration of HumanRights. In addition, suppliers shall uphold the following laborpractices: Freedom of Association: Suppliers shall respect the rightsof workers to associate or not to associate with any group, aspermitted by and in accordance with all applicable laws andregulations. [...] Employment Practices: Suppliers shall not use any form ofslave, forced, bonded, indentured, or involuntary prison labor. [...] Underage Labor: Suppliers shall ensure that no underage laborhas been used in the production or distribution of their goods orservices. [...] Anti-Discrimination and Fair Treatment: Suppliers shallpromote and maintain a workplace free from discriminationand treat their employees with fairness, dignity and respect."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          "All centrally managed suppliers of restaurant and par-fry oil must: [...] Be committed to uphold human rights at the plantation level and Free and Prior Informed Consent."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        18/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "100% of our palm oil supply has been Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified since 2017, in compliance with our Commitment on Forests [...] 2018 RSPO chain of custody system (covering 100% of global supply): 33% verified using book and claim certificates (the minimum level of verification currently required according to our palm oil policy). 58% Mass Balance. 9% Segregated."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production. [...] McDonald’1 is committed to eliminating deforestation from our global supply chains. [...] Additionally, we will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following:  No deforestation of primary forests or areas of High Conservation Value,  No development of High Carbon Stock forest areas,  No development on peatlands, regardless of depth, and the utilization of best management practices for existing commodity production on peatlands"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            "100% of our palm oil supply has been Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified since 2017, in compliance with our Commitment on Forests [...] 2018 RSPO chain of custody system (covering 100% of global supply): 33% verified using book and claim certificates (the minimum level of verification currently required according to our palm oil policy). 58% Mass Balance. 9% Segregated."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production. [...] McDonald’1 is committed to eliminating deforestation from our global supply chains. [...] Additionally, we will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following:  No deforestation of primary forests or areas of High Conservation Value,  No development of High Carbon Stock forest areas,  No development on peatlands, regardless of depth, and the utilization of best management practices for existing commodity production on peatlands"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Tropical Forest Alliance

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "Tropical Forests Alliance (TFA) and its Latin America Working Group – A global public-private partnership in which McDonald’s is taking voluntary actions to reduce the tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities such as palm oil" [...] "McDonald's is an active member of the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA), a platform hosted by the World Economic Forum that brings together governments, civil society and the private sector to address the critical issues of deforestation and forest degradation. McDonald's leadership within the TFA demonstrates a growing commitment to driving transformational change not only in their own supply chain, but also more broadly across industries and jurisdictions."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 100%

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually
          "McDonald’s partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and suppliers to map our five priority commodity supply chains to identify product origins and assess the risk of deforestation. Through this process we were able to identify high-risk geographies from which we source. This assessment paired McDonald’s supply chain data with that of the eleven world regions accounting for the majority of deforestation, based on WWF’s Living Forests report. It was an important first step for us to understand exactly where our commodities were at risk, and where we could take action to drive the greatest positive impact."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Compliance with Law: Suppliers’ business activities shallcomply with applicable laws and regulations in the countriesand jurisdictions in which they operate. This Code applies toactivities in the locations where suppliers’ goods are produced,where any related services are performed, and where the goodsenter the supply chain [...] Audits and Assessments: McDonald’s reserves the right toaudit compliance with this Code. Audits are facility inspectionsthat include employee interviews and a review of supplierrecords and business practices. Such audits are conducted byMcDonald’s or its approved monitoring firm. If an audit identifiesa violation of this Code, suppliers shall act promptly to correctthe situation to McDonald’s satisfaction."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

          What is the certified volume?: 57246.57Tonnes

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 33,227.59Tonnes
          In the 2018 RSPO ACOP, McDonald's reported their palm oil consumption as 90,474.16 tonnes
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 100%
          "Verified Compliant with our Commitment on Forests: - 'Low Risk’ means that volumes have been traced back to countries, biomes, municipalities, postcodes or farms/plantations that are classified as no or low risk of deforestation, in line with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Living Forests Report. McDonald’s works with WWF to assess this risk annually. [...] 'Verified Compliant’ means that volumes are verified as compliant with McDonald’s Commitment on Forests through monitoring, assessments or certifications, We work with suppliers and expert advisors to determine the appropriate level of visibility and traceability needed for each commodity to ensure responsible production at origin and to verify our supply is compliant with our commitment. Each third party program used to verify that volumes are compliant must meet the environmental and social criteria outlined in McDonald’s Commitment on Forests, where applicable and material to the commodity and geography."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: implementation plans & develop strategies

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "Where we have identified a risk of deforestation, we require our suppliers to put implementation plans in place to mitigate that risk and ensure compliance with our Commitment on Forests, as well as reporting on progress and compliance annually." [...] "we work collaboratively with suppliers and expert partners to develop tailored solutions, strategies and definitions that are practical and effective."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      34/84
      • Commitment Strength
        14/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "By 2025, 100% of McDonald's guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled or certified sources. Interim target: 100% of primary fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020. [...] All primary guest packaging made from paper/ board sold to McDonald's globally must be certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). FSC is required when fiber is sourced from the following high deforestation risk countries: Russia, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Argentina by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line; Location

            What is the rationale for any exclusion?: only applies to "Guest Packaging" and only applies to high risk locations

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: 91%
            "By 2025, 100% of McDonald’s guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled or certified sources. Interim target: 100% of primary fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified6 sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020. [...] All primary guest packaging made from paper/ board sold to McDonald’s globally must be certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). FSC is required when fiber is sourced from the following high deforestation risk countries: Russia, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Argentina by 2020."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2025, 100% of McDonald’s guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled or certified sources. Interim target: 100% of primary fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified6 sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020. [...] All primary guest packaging made from paper/ board sold to McDonald’s globally must be certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). FSC is required when fiber is sourced from the following high deforestation risk countries: Russia, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Argentina by 2020."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "By 2025, 100% of McDonald’s guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled or certified sources. Interim target: 100% of primary fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified6 sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020. [...] All primary guest packaging made from paper/ board sold to McDonald’s globally must be certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). FSC is required when fiber is sourced from the following high deforestation risk countries: Russia, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Argentina by 2020."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Source 100% of our guest packaging from renewable, recycled, or certified sources by 2025. This includes an interim goal to source 100% of primaryiv fiber-based guest packaging from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
            Only applies to guest packaging - "Source 100% of our guest packaging from renewable, recycled, or certified sources by 2025. This includes an interim goal to source 100% of primaryiv fiber-based guest packaging from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Source 100% of our guest packaging from renewable, recycled, or certified sources by 2025. This includes an interim goal to source 100% of primaryiv fiber-based guest packaging from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "Source 100% of our guest packaging from renewable, recycled, or certified sources by 2025. This includes an interim goal to source 100% of primaryiv fiber-based guest packaging from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "UN Declaration of Human Rights: We expect our suppliers toconduct their activities in a manner that respects human rightsas set out in The United Nations Universal Declaration of HumanRights. In addition, suppliers shall uphold the following laborpractices: Freedom of Association: Suppliers shall respect the rightsof workers to associate or not to associate with any group, aspermitted by and in accordance with all applicable laws andregulations. [...] Employment Practices: Suppliers shall not use any form ofslave, forced, bonded, indentured, or involuntary prison labor. [...] Underage Labor: Suppliers shall ensure that no underage laborhas been used in the production or distribution of their goods orservices. [...] Anti-Discrimination and Fair Treatment: Suppliers shallpromote and maintain a workplace free from discriminationand treat their employees with fairness, dignity and respect."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          "Respect the right of all affected communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent for plantation developments on land they own legally, communally or by custom"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        14/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No

            (Downstream only) How much of this is in protected areas, primary forests, intact forest landscapes, and/or peatlands?: 0 not specified

            (Downstream only) How many hectares of deforestation and/or conversion have occurred since the commitment cut-off date in the operations of the company's direct or indirect suppliers?: 0 not specified
            "As of the end of 2018, 94% of McDonald’s global fiber supply, used for primary fiber-based guest packaging, is verified as compliant with our Commitment on Forests. This is a combination of; fiber coming from high-risk locations that has been FSC certified, as well as fiber traced back to locations with a low risk of deforestation.Through our risk assessment, we determined that 9% of our fiber supply, used for primary fiber-based guest packaging is from high-risk locations (as of 2018).As of the end of 2018, 81% of our primary fiber-based guest packaging came from third-party verified recycled or certified fiber (FSC, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification ™ or PEFC-endorsed) sources."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            "As of 2018, we are approximately 60% of the way to our goal of guest packaging to come from renewable, recycled or certified sources.Globally, we are 80% of the way to achieving our interim target to source 100% of primary fiber-based guest packaging from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC Certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC Certification

            What percent of the company’s supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 0 various
            "By 2025, 100% of McDonald’s guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled or certified sources. Interim target: 100% of primary fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified6 sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020. [...] All primary guest packaging made from paper/ board sold to McDonald’s globally must be certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). FSC is required when fiber is sourced from the following high deforestation risk countries: Russia, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Argentina by 2020."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Tropical Forests Alliance (TFA) and its Latin America Working Group

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          "Tropical Forests Alliance (TFA) and its Latin America Working Group – A global public-private partnership in which McDonald’s is taking voluntary actions to reduce the tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 100%

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually
          "McDonald’s partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and suppliers to map our five priority commodity supply chains to identify product origins and assess the risk of deforestation. Through this process we were able to identify high-risk geographies from which we source. This assessment paired McDonald’s supply chain data with that of the eleven world regions accounting for the majority of deforestation, based on WWF’s Living Forests report. It was an important first step for us to understand exactly where our commodities were at risk, and where we could take action to drive the greatest positive impact."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Compliance with Law: Suppliers’ business activities shallcomply with applicable laws and regulations in the countriesand jurisdictions in which they operate. This Code applies toactivities in the locations where suppliers’ goods are produced,where any related services are performed, and where the goodsenter the supply chain [...] Audits and Assessments: McDonald’s reserves the right toaudit compliance with this Code. Audits are facility inspectionsthat include employee interviews and a review of supplierrecords and business practices. Such audits are conducted byMcDonald’s or its approved monitoring firm. If an audit identifiesa violation of this Code, suppliers shall act promptly to correctthe situation to McDonald’s satisfaction."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 724,396 metric tonnes
          "724,396 metric tonnes [...] This applies to all consumer facing packaging items (managed by HAVI) made with virgin and/or recycled paper/board. Not all McDonald's markets are currently managed by HAVI and thus do not submit data."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 100%

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%
          "Verified Compliant with our Commitment on Forests: - 'Low Risk’ means that volumes have been traced back to countries, biomes, municipalities, postcodes or farms/plantations that are classified as no or low risk of deforestation, in line with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Living Forests Report. McDonald’s works with WWF to assess this risk annually. [...] 'Verified Compliant’ means that volumes are verified as compliant with McDonald’s Commitment on Forests through monitoring, assessments or certifications, We work with suppliers and expert advisors to determine the appropriate level of visibility and traceability needed for each commodity to ensure responsible production at origin and to verify our supply is compliant with our commitment. Each third party program used to verify that volumes are compliant must meet the environmental and social criteria outlined in McDonald’s Commitment on Forests, where applicable and material to the commodity and geography."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: implementation plans & develop strategies

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "Where we have identified a risk of deforestation, we require our suppliers to put implementation plans in place to mitigate that risk and ensure compliance with our Commitment on Forests, as well as reporting on progress and compliance annually." [...] "we work collaboratively with suppliers and expert partners to develop tailored solutions, strategies and definitions that are practical and effective."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      44/84
      • Commitment Strength
        19/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes

            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS
            "Soy in chicken feed:By 2020, source soy for chicken feed that does not contribute to deforestation.By 2020, 100% of soy used in the feed of chickens supplied to our restaurants in Europe will be covered by sustainability certifications. [...] Our goal states that, at a minimum, Roundtable on Responsible Soy Book & Claim certificates will cover all soy volumes used in poultry feed where the soy is produced in Argentina, Brazil or Paraguay. "
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            What is the rationale for any exclusion?: RTRS certification is applied to an unspecified amount of Soy, and Book and claim certification applies to Argentina, Brazil or Paraguay only

            If no, what is excluded?: Product line; Location

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: 0 not specified
            "Soy in chicken feed:By 2020, source soy for chicken feed that does not contribute to deforestation.By 2020, 100% of soy used in the feed of chickens supplied to our restaurants in Europe will be covered by sustainability certifications. [...] Our goal states that, at a minimum, Roundtable on Responsible Soy Book & Claim certificates will cover all soy volumes used in poultry feed where the soy is produced in Argentina, Brazil or Paraguay. "
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "Soy in chicken feed:By 2020, source soy for chicken feed that does not contribute to deforestation.By 2020, 100% of soy used in the feed of chickens supplied to our restaurants in Europe will be covered by sustainability certifications. [...] Our goal states that, at a minimum, Roundtable on Responsible Soy Book & Claim certificates will cover all soy volumes used in poultry feed where the soy is produced in Argentina, Brazil or Paraguay. "
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            "Soy in chicken feed:By 2020, source soy for chicken feed that does not contribute to deforestation.By 2020, 100% of soy used in the feed of chickens supplied to our restaurants in Europe will be covered by sustainability certifications. [...] Our goal states that, at a minimum, Roundtable on Responsible Soy Book & Claim certificates will cover all soy volumes used in poultry feed where the soy is produced in Argentina, Brazil or Paraguay. "
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/11
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company - traces to First Importer - checks compliance
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company - traces to First Importer - checks compliance
            5.3/5.3
            "As of the end of 2018, 72% of McDonald’s global soy supply is verified as compliant with our Commitment on Forests. This is a combination of soy coming from high-risk locations which has been certified, through ProTerra or RTRS certification, as well as soy traced back to locations with a low risk of deforestation. We have identified the regions where our suppliers source soy that have high deforestation risks. We have also taken a conservative approach and assumed that all soy used in the feed of chickens supplied to our restaurants in Europe, APMEA and Latin America is high risk, until further traceability is established as to their origin. This approach was informed by a traceability analysis we completed which demonstrated that the soy produced in Latin America is flowing into the chicken supply chain of Europe, APMEA and Latin America. We determined that 47% of our system’s global soy supply, used in the feed of chickens, is from high-risk locations (as of 2018). Our goal states that, at a minimum, Roundtable on Responsible Soy Book & Claim certificates will cover all soy volumes used in poultry feed where the soy is produced in Argentina, Brazil or Paraguay. We are also reviewing alternative programs to determine if they can verify that soy being produced under the Soy Moratorium in the Amazon is not being produced in the Cerrado or Chaco, or is produced under conditions that meet all of our Commitment on Forests criteria."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
            Traceability work on soy applies to soy in chicken feed - "As of the end of 2018, 72% of McDonald’s global soy supply is verified as compliant with our Commitment on Forests. This is a combination of soy coming from high-risk locations which has been certified, through ProTerra or RTRS certification, as well as soy traced back to locations with a low risk of deforestation. We have identified the regions where our suppliers source soy that have high deforestation risks. We have also taken a conservative approach and assumed that all soy used in the feed of chickens supplied to our restaurants in Europe, APMEA and Latin America is high risk, until further traceability is established as to their origin. This approach was informed by a traceability analysis we completed which demonstrated that the soy produced in Latin America is flowing into the chicken supply chain of Europe, APMEA and Latin America. We determined that 47% of our system’s global soy supply, used in the feed of chickens, is from high-risk locations (as of 2018). Our goal states that, at a minimum, Roundtable on Responsible Soy Book & Claim certificates will cover all soy volumes used in poultry feed where the soy is produced in Argentina, Brazil or Paraguay. We are also reviewing alternative programs to determine if they can verify that soy being produced under the Soy Moratorium in the Amazon is not being produced in the Cerrado or Chaco, or is produced under conditions that meet all of our Commitment on Forests criteria."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "UN Declaration of Human Rights: We expect our suppliers toconduct their activities in a manner that respects human rightsas set out in The United Nations Universal Declaration of HumanRights. In addition, suppliers shall uphold the following laborpractices: Freedom of Association: Suppliers shall respect the rightsof workers to associate or not to associate with any group, aspermitted by and in accordance with all applicable laws andregulations. [...] Employment Practices: Suppliers shall not use any form ofslave, forced, bonded, indentured, or involuntary prison labor. [...] Underage Labor: Suppliers shall ensure that no underage laborhas been used in the production or distribution of their goods orservices. [...] Anti-Discrimination and Fair Treatment: Suppliers shallpromote and maintain a workplace free from discriminationand treat their employees with fairness, dignity and respect."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          "Respect the right of all affected communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent for plantation developments on land they own legally, communally or by custom"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        19/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes

            (Downstream only) How much of this is in protected areas, primary forests, intact forest landscapes, and/or peatlands?: 0 Not Disclosed

            (Downstream only) How many hectares of deforestation and/or conversion have occurred since the commitment cut-off date in the operations of the company's direct or indirect suppliers?: 0 Not Disclosed
            "As of the end of 2018, 72% of McDonald’s global soy supply is verified as compliant with our Commitment on Forests. This is a combination of soy coming from high-risk locations which has been certified, through ProTerra or RTRS certification, as well as soy traced back to locations with a low risk of deforestation."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            "We determined that 47% of our system’s global soy supply, used in the feed of chickens, is from high-risk locations (as of 2018). Our goal states that, at a minimum, Roundtable on Responsible Soy Book & Claim certificates will cover all soy volumes used in poultry feed where the soy is produced in Argentina, Brazil or Paraguay. We are also reviewing alternative programs to determine if they can verify that soy being produced under the Soy Moratorium in the Amazon is not being produced in the Cerrado or Chaco, or is produced under conditions that meet all of our Commitment on Forests criteria."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RTRS Report, ProTerra reporting

            What percent of the company’s supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 72%

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RTRS Report, ProTerra reporting
            "As of the end of 2018, 72% of McDonald’s global soy supply is verified as compliant with our Commitment on Forests. This is a combination of soy coming from high-risk locations which has been certified, through ProTerra or RTRS certification, as well as soy traced back to locations with a low risk of deforestation."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Tropical Forests Alliance (TFA) and its Latin America Working Group

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          "Tropical Forests Alliance (TFA) and its Latin America Working Group – A global public-private partnership in which McDonald’s is taking voluntary actions to reduce the tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 100%
          "McDonald’s partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and suppliers to map our five priority commodity supply chains to identify product origins and assess the risk of deforestation. Through this process we were able to identify high-risk geographies from which we source. This assessment paired McDonald’s supply chain data with that of the eleven world regions accounting for the majority of deforestation, based on WWF’s Living Forests report. It was an important first step for us to understand exactly where our commodities were at risk, and where we could take action to drive the greatest positive impact." [...] "For beef and soy, we also partnered with Proforest and Agrotools to develop a risk methodology, aligned with the Accountability Framework Initiative, which assesses risk associated with specific postcodes, municipalities or farms."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Compliance with Law: Suppliers’ business activities shallcomply with applicable laws and regulations in the countriesand jurisdictions in which they operate. This Code applies toactivities in the locations where suppliers’ goods are produced,where any related services are performed, and where the goodsenter the supply chain [...] Audits and Assessments: McDonald’s reserves the right toaudit compliance with this Code. Audits are facility inspectionsthat include employee interviews and a review of supplierrecords and business practices. Such audits are conducted byMcDonald’s or its approved monitoring firm. If an audit identifiesa violation of this Code, suppliers shall act promptly to correctthe situation to McDonald’s satisfaction."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS

          What is the compliant volume?: 105,479.24 tons

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 41,019.7 tons
          The 2018 CDP Forests report indicates that McDonald's used 146,498.94 tons of soy in 2018 - "The soy volume here reflects estimated soy volumesused in chicken feed for McDonald's Europe. Additional volumes of soy sourced from high risk countries are currently being estimated." The website indicates that "As of the end of 2018, 72% of McDonald’s global soy supply is verified as compliant with our Commitment on Forests. This is a combination of soy coming from high-risk locations which has been certified, through ProTerra or RTRS certification, as well as soy traced back to locations with a low risk of deforestation." This suggests that 105,479.24 tons of soy were compliant, of which an undisclosed volume was RTRS certified.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification
          "'Low Risk’ means that volumes have been traced back to countries, biomes, municipalities, postcodes or farms/plantations that are classified as no or low risk of deforestation, in line with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Living Forests Report. McDonald’s works with WWF to assess this risk annually. For beef and soy, we also partnered with Proforest and Agrotools to develop a risk methodology, aligned with the Accountability Framework Initiative, which assesses risk associated with specific postcodes, municipalities or farms. [...] 'Verified Compliant’ means that volumes are verified as compliant with McDonald’s Commitment on Forests through monitoring, assessments or certifications, such as the Roundtable for Responsible Soy.."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: implementation plans & develop strategies

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "Where we have identified a risk of deforestation, we require our suppliers to put implementation plans in place to mitigate that risk and ensure compliance with our Commitment on Forests, as well as reporting on progress and compliance annually." [...] "we work collaboratively with suppliers and expert partners to develop tailored solutions, strategies and definitions that are practical and effective."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    19/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    17/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    6/18
    Avg. score

Profile

McDonald’s is an American fast food retailer with more than 36,000 locations in over 100 countries. It is one of the largest fast food restaurant companies globally with a major market share. Additionally, it has one of the largest market shares in the US, China, Western Europe, and in India. The McDonald’s menu of burgers, sandwiches, sides and beverages involves significant amounts of beef, soy and palm oil, as well as paper in packaging. McDonald's Corp. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy, beef and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Fast food
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

McDonald's

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