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  • Overall approach
    7/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Zero deforestation/Deforestation-free commitment or, for timber, pulp & paper companies only, commitment to well implemented harvest and no deforestation of HCV & HCS areas
      3/4
      "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
      Yes
      1/1
       "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
      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
      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
      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
      "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
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030

      Type of climate target: Other or unclear
      "The Company will partner with Franchisees to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to McDonald’s restaurants and offices by 36% by 2030 from a 2015 base year. The target includes all Company-wide Scope 1 & 2 emissions, as well as operational waste (upstream Scope 3) for all restaurants (Company-owned and franchised) and Scope 1&2 emissions for Franchisee restaurants (downstream Scope 3)." 
  • Commodity score
    44/88
    • Beef
      44/88
      • Commitment Strength
        12/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            "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
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "We’re committed to eliminating deforestation from our beef supply chain by 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
            2028-2030
            0/1
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/1
            ""We are accelerating our efforts and remain committed to eliminating deforestation from our global supply chains by 2030.", "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
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "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 to a traceable supply chain
          7/9
          • 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
            "McDonald's currently tracks all beef supply at the country level. We are working with our supplier partners to develop traceability systems to the farm level. This is currently implemented for 100% of cattle sourced in Brazil and implementation is underway in Argentina, Australia, and Paraguay. All suppliers are expected to report raw material data twice per year to enable McDonald’s to manage end-to-end sustainability and compliance elements in our supply chain. Geospatial monitoring tool / Second-party verification"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: only applies to "high risk" areas, the rest is traced to supplier only

            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "McDonald's currently tracks all beef supply at the country level. We are working with our supplier partners to develop traceability systems to the farm level. This is currently implemented for 100% of cattle sourced in Brazil and implementation is underway in Argentina, Australia, and Paraguay. All suppliers are expected to report raw material data twice per year to enable McDonald’s to manage end-to-end sustainability and compliance elements in our supply chain. Geospatial monitoring tool / Second-party verification"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "McDonald's currently tracks all beef supply at the country level. We are working with our supplier partners to develop traceability systems to the farm level. This is currently implemented for 100% of cattle sourced in Brazil and implementation is underway in Argentina, Australia, and Paraguay. All suppliers are expected to report raw material data twice per year to enable McDonald’s to manage end-to-end sustainability and compliance elements in our supply chain. Geospatial monitoring tool / Second-party verification"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "McDonald's currently tracks all beef supply at the country level. We are working with our supplier partners to develop traceability systems to the farm level. This is currently implemented for 100% of cattle sourced in Brazil and implementation is underway in Argentina, Australia, and Paraguay. All suppliers are expected to report raw material data twice per year to enable McDonald’s to manage end-to-end sustainability and compliance elements in our supply chain. Geospatial monitoring tool / Second-party verification"
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • 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 to conduct their activities in a manner that respects human rights as set out in The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In addition, suppliers shall uphold the following labor practices: Freedom of Association...Employment Status: Suppliers shall employ workers who are legally authorized to work in their location and facility and are responsible for validating employees’ eligibility to work status through appropriate documentation... Employment Practices: Suppliers shall not use any form of slave, forced, bonded, indentured, or involuntary prison labor...Anti-Discrimination and Fair Treatment: Suppliers shall promote and maintain a workplace free from discrimination and treat their employees with fairness, dignity and respect...Working Hours and Rest Days: Employees shall be allowed at least one day off every seven days, and any overtime worked shall be voluntary...Underage Labor: Suppliers shall ensure that no underage labor has been used in the production or distribution of their goods or services...Wages and Benefits: Suppliers shall ensure that their workers are paid lawful wages, including overtime, premium pay, and equal pay for equal work without discrimination."
        • 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, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "By working in partnership with suppliers throughout our supply chain, we want to achieve the following...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."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        21/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            "99.4% of beef sourced for McDonald’s restaurants supported deforestation-free supply chains by the end of 2020."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            "McDonald's currently tracks all beef supply at the country level. We are working with our supplier partners to develop traceability systems to the farm level. This is currently implemented for 100% of cattle sourced in Brazil and implementation is underway in Argentina, Australia, and Paraguay. All suppliers are expected to report raw material data twice per year to enable McDonald’s to manage end-to-end sustainability and compliance elements in our supply chain. Geospatial monitoring tool / Second-party verification"
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.8/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.8/1.5
            ""99.4% of beef sourced for McDonald’s restaurants supported deforestation-free supply chains by the end of 2020... In 2013, we started working with Agrotools, a certified B-Corp, to track the origin of all the beef exported from Brazil and sold in McDonald’s restaurants around the world. We then developed a strategy in partnership with Proforest in 2017 to define deforestation risk across the vast landscape of the Cerrado, prioritize specific locations, and assess whether deforestation and noncompliance with the additional social and environmental aspects of our Commitment on Forests were actually happening at the farm level. This process enabled us to better monitor our beef supply chain and help our suppliers take targeted action. During this process, we also aligned closely with NGOs like WWF and tested emerging frameworks from groups like the AFi. We have since expanded this project to understand our deforestation risk and apply similar principles for our beef supplied from other identified priority regions: Argentina, Australia and Paraguay." 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Not clear
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          In Mcdonald's 2020 CDP report they state the cut off for soy as being - 2018, in line with their deforestation commitment. 
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef 

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          "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."; "In partnership and collaboration with farmers, suppliers, industry groups, academia, civil society and GRSB, we have helped established multi-stakeholder groups in our top ten sourcing countries which represent approximately 85% of our global beef volumes, including: The US Roundtable for Sustainable BeefThe Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB)The European Roundtable for Beef Sustainability (ERSB) involving Germany, France Ireland, Italy Poland and the UK The Brazilian Roundtable of Sustainable Livestock (GTPS)The Australia Beef Sustainability FrameworkThe New Zealand Roundtable for Sustainable Beef"
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually
          "An important step in our journey was to understand exactly where our sourcing was driving deforestation, and where we could take action to drive the greatest positive impact. We partnered with the WWF and our suppliers to identify product origins and assess the potential for deforestation across five priority commodity supply chains. This assessment helped us determine priority geographies by pairing McDonald’s supply chain data with that of the 11 world regions projected by WWF to contribute to the majority of deforestation by 2030, based on WWF’s Living Forests Report (...) McDonald’s assesses this risk annually with third parties, including WWF, to take into account the latest supply chain data and trends."; For beef: "In 2013, we started working with Agrotools, a certified B-Corp, to track the origin of all the beef exported from Brazil and sold in McDonald’s restaurants around the world. We then developed a strategy in partnership with Proforest in 2017 to define deforestation risk across the vast landscape of the Cerrado, prioritize specific locations, and assess whether deforestation and noncompliance with the additional social and environmental aspects of our Commitment on Forests were actually happening at the farm level."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers’ business activities shall comply with applicable laws and regulations in the countries and jurisdictions in which they operate. This Code applies to activities in the locations where suppliers’ goods are produced, where any related services are performed, and where the goods enter the supply chain"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 863,269.15 Metric tons
          Mcdonalds report a total of 863,269.15 Metric tons  of beef in their 2020 CDP report. 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          What is the compliant volume?: 863,269.15 Metric tons

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 0 unknown
          Mcdonalds report a total of 863,269.15 Metric tons  of beef in their 2020 CDP report but it's unclear what percentage this is of the total sourced from all regions [...] "Our strategy to achieve our goal states that 100% of beef sourced from high risk regions for deforestation (Argentina, Australia, Brazil and Paraguay) is expected to have a system in place by 2020 to verify compliance with McDonald’s Commitment on Forests
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Human rights due diligence is incorporated into the SWA program through on-site announced and unannounced audits conducted by third-party auditing firms that assess compliance with our Code. As part of the onboarding process to become a McDonald’s supplier, suppliers must complete the required steps of the SWA program (outlined below) to verify that they can meet our expectations."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          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
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "We monitor compliance with our Commitment on Forests to drive continuous improvement through internal and external audits of our direct suppliers, validating the volumes produced for each commodity."; "Using the best available data in each country, Agrotools runs a detailed assessment, using satellite imagery of the area along with data analysis, to determine whether supplying farms comply with our Deforestation-Free Beef Procurement Policy."; "McDonald’s assesses this risk annually with third parties, including WWF, to take into account the latest supply chain data and trends", "We work with our direct suppliers to engage with slaughterhouses, prioritizing those with the greatest levels of supply to the McDonald’s System and the level of risk, based on their location. Facilities must identify the location of each supplying farm, and we prioritize these locations using the Agrotools location score."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non compliance with deforestation commitments 

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Support and action plans

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "Procedures to address and resolve non-compliance with suppliers - Developing time-bound targets and milestones to bring suppliers back into compliance. Providing information on appropriate actions that can be taken to address non-compliance. Assessing the efficacy and efforts of non-compliant supplier actions through consistent and quantified metrics. Re-integrating suppliers back into supply chain based on the successful and verifiable completion of activities [...] This means engaging our suppliers to ensure that they are capable and have plans in place to meet our commitments. As outlined in our Commitment on Forests, we will move to suspend or eliminate purchases from a supplier if an audit or other credible source reveals or confirms that the supplier is seriously violating McDonald’s requirements, and if that supplier does not acknowledge and immediately move to acceptably remediate the concern"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil
      47/88
      • Commitment Strength
        11/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            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
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            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."
          • Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production [...] We are committed to sourcing RSPO certified palm oil."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants and as ingredients in McDonald’s products supported the production of sustainable palm oil and deforestation-free supply chains in 2020."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants and as ingredients in McDonald’s products supported the production of sustainable palm oil and deforestation-free supply chains in 2020...We are committed to driving industry transformation and supporting deforestation-free supply chains at scale...By working in partnership with suppliers throughout our supply chain, we want 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
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Indirect suppliers
            "100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants and as ingredients in McDonald’s products supported the production of sustainable palm oil and deforestation-free supply chains in 2020...We are committed to driving industry transformation and supporting deforestation-free supply chains at scale...By working in partnership with suppliers throughout our supply chain, we want 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/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants and as ingredients in McDonald’s products supported the production of sustainable palm oil and deforestation-free supply chains in 2020...We are committed to driving industry transformation and supporting deforestation-free supply chains at scale...By working in partnership with suppliers throughout our supply chain, we want 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
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants and as ingredients in McDonald’s products supported the production of sustainable palm oil and deforestation-free supply chains in 2020...We are committed to driving industry transformation and supporting deforestation-free supply chains at scale...By working in partnership with suppliers throughout our supply chain, we want 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
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • 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 to conduct their activities in a manner that respects human rights as set out in The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In addition, suppliers shall uphold the following labor practices: Freedom of Association...Employment Status: Suppliers shall employ workers who are legally authorized to work in their location and facility and are responsible for validating employees’ eligibility to work status through appropriate documentation... Employment Practices: Suppliers shall not use any form of slave, forced, bonded, indentured, or involuntary prison labor...Anti-Discrimination and Fair Treatment: Suppliers shall promote and maintain a workplace free from discrimination and treat their employees with fairness, dignity and respect...Working Hours and Rest Days: Employees shall be allowed at least one day off every seven days, and any overtime worked shall be voluntary...Underage Labor: Suppliers shall ensure that no underage labor has been used in the production or distribution of their goods or services...Wages and Benefits: Suppliers shall ensure that their workers are paid lawful wages, including overtime, premium pay, and equal pay for equal work without discrimination."
        • 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, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "By working in partnership with suppliers throughout our supply chain, we want to achieve the following...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."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        28/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "Our palm oil supply has been RSPO-certified since 2017 through either physical certification or credits. In 2020, 78% of our palm oil globally was physically certified  RSPO Indentity Preserved, Segregated (7%), and Mass Balance(71%), increasing from 71% in 2019. Additionally, 93% of products using the largest amounts of palm oil in the McDonald’s system (restaurant and parfry oils) were RSPO physically certified. 78% Physical RSPO certified: 71% Mass Balance; 7% Segregated; 0.1% Identify Preserved" 
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants and as ingredients in McDonald’s products supported the production of sustainable palm oil and deforestation-free supply chains in 2020...We are committed to driving industry transformation and supporting deforestation-free supply chains at scale...By working in partnership with suppliers throughout our supply chain, we want 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
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO 

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO certification 
            ""Our palm oil supply has been RSPO-certified since 2017 through either physical certification or credits. In 2020, 78% of our palm oil globally was physically certified (RSPO Indentity Preserved, Segregated, and Mass Balance), increasing from 71% in 2019. Additionally, 93% of products using the largest amounts of palm oil in the McDonald’s system (restaurant and parfry oils) were RSPO physically certified."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: rspo
            "100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants and as ingredients in McDonald’s products supported the production of sustainable palm oil and deforestation-free supply chains in 2020...We are committed to driving industry transformation and supporting deforestation-free supply chains at scale...By working in partnership with suppliers throughout our supply chain, we want 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
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2015
          In Mcdonald's 2020 CDP report they state the cut off for soy as being 2015, in line with their deforestation commitment
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Tropical Forest Alliiance
          "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
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually with third parties
          "An important step in our journey was to understand exactly where our sourcing was driving deforestation, and where we could take action to drive the greatest positive impact. We partnered with the WWF and our suppliers to identify product origins and assess the potential for deforestation across five priority commodity supply chains. This assessment helped us determine priority geographies by pairing McDonald’s supply chain data with that of the 11 world regions projected by WWF to contribute to the majority of deforestation by 2030, based on WWF’s Living Forests Report (...) McDonald’s assesses this risk annually with third parties, including WWF, to take into account the latest supply chain data and trends."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers’ business activities shall comply with applicable laws and regulations in the countries and jurisdictions in which they operate. This Code applies to activities in the locations where suppliers’ goods are produced, where any related services are performed, and where the goods enter the supply chain"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 79350.0
          In the 2020 RSPO ACOP, McDonald's reported their total palm oil consumption as 79350.0 tonnes
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO

          What is the certified volume?: 79350.0 Tonnes

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%
          In the 2020 RSPO ACOP, McDonald's reported their total volume of RSPO-certified palm oil, palm kernel oil and related products purchased for use in the company's own-brand products to be 79350.0 tonnes
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Human rights due diligence is incorporated into the SWA program through on-site announced and unannounced audits conducted by third-party auditing firms that assess compliance with our Code. As part of the onboarding process to become a McDonald’s supplier, suppliers must complete the required steps of the SWA program (outlined below) to verify that they can meet our expectations."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually 
          "McDonald’s commitments and expectations are formed based on the definitions of deforestation set out below...“Low-deforestation priority regions” refers to countries, biomes, municipalities, postcodes or farms/ plantations that are classified as no or low risk of deforestation, as determined through regular assessments that rely on the latest supply chain data and trends. McDonald’s assesses this risk annually with third parties, including WWF, to take into account the latest supply chain data and trends...“Supporting deforestation-free supply chains” refers to commodities in our supply chains that are either sourced sustainably from high-deforestation priority regions and comply with the certification or verification schemes as set out below; or are sourced from low-deforestation priority regions as above...Palm oil sourced for McDonald’s restaurants or as ingredients in McDonald’s products must meet the requirements of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification. All countries are considered high-deforestation priority regions for palm oil and all volumes are required to be covered by RSPO certification or credits. McDonald’s is committed to increasing traceability by requiring physical certification for the palm oil used in the McDonald’s System in the greatest volumes."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non compliance with deforestation commitments 

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Support and action plans
          "Procedures to address and resolve non-compliance with suppliers - Developing time-bound targets and milestones to bring suppliers back into compliance. Providing information on appropriate actions that can be taken to address non-compliance. Assessing the efficacy and efforts of non-compliant supplier actions through consistent and quantified metrics. Re-integrating suppliers back into supply chain based on the successful and verifiable completion of activities [...] This means engaging our suppliers to ensure that they are capable and have plans in place to meet our commitments. As outlined in our Commitment on Forests, we will move to suspend or eliminate purchases from a supplier if an audit or other credible source reveals or confirms that the supplier is seriously violating McDonald’s requirements, and if that supplier does not acknowledge and immediately move to acceptably remediate the concern"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      39/88
      • Commitment Strength
        8/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          4/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-net deforestation
            3/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-net deforestation
            3/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "By 2025, 100 percent of McDonald's guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled, or certified sources with a preference for Forest Stewardship Council certification. Also by 2025, the company has set a goal to recycle guest packaging in 100 percent of McDonald's restaurants."; "McDonald’s requires that our primary fiber supply is sourced from Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Certified or FSC Controlled Wood sources with full chain of custody certification when the country of fiber origin includes Argentina, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Russia or Vietnam." 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line; Location
            "By 2025, 100 percent of McDonald's guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled, or certified sources with a preference for Forest Stewardship Council certification. Also by 2025, the company has set a goal to recycle guest packaging in 100 percent of McDonald's restaurants."; "McDonald’s requires that our primary fiber supply is sourced from Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Certified or FSC Controlled Wood sources with full chain of custody certification when the country of fiber origin includes Argentina, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Russia or Vietnam." 
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            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
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            "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."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "By 2020, all primary fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs [...] 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) or a PEFC-endorsed national program (e.g., SFI), or made from 100% recycled content as verified by a third-party"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
            "By 2020, all primary fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs [...] 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) or a PEFC-endorsed national program (e.g., SFI), or made from 100% recycled content as verified by a third-party"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "By 2020, all primary fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs [...] 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) or a PEFC-endorsed national program (e.g., SFI), or made from 100% recycled content as verified by a third-party"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "By 2020, all primary fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs [...] 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) or a PEFC-endorsed national program (e.g., SFI), or made from 100% recycled content as verified by a third-party"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • 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 to conduct their activities in a manner that respects human rights as set out in The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In addition, suppliers shall uphold the following labor practices: Freedom of Association...Employment Status: Suppliers shall employ workers who are legally authorized to work in their location and facility and are responsible for validating employees’ eligibility to work status through appropriate documentation... Employment Practices: Suppliers shall not use any form of slave, forced, bonded, indentured, or involuntary prison labor...Anti-Discrimination and Fair Treatment: Suppliers shall promote and maintain a workplace free from discrimination and treat their employees with fairness, dignity and respect...Working Hours and Rest Days: Employees shall be allowed at least one day off every seven days, and any overtime worked shall be voluntary...Underage Labor: Suppliers shall ensure that no underage labor has been used in the production or distribution of their goods or services...Wages and Benefits: Suppliers shall ensure that their workers are paid lawful wages, including overtime, premium pay, and equal pay for equal work without discrimination."
        • 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, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "By working in partnership with suppliers throughout our supply chain, we want to achieve the following...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."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        23/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            "As of 2019, 92% of McDonald’s fiber-based packaging comes fromthird-party verified recycled or certified fiber (FSC, PEFC™ or PEFC-endorsed) sources. Note: We estimate that we collected data for 93% of our global volumes of primary fiber-based packaging. Of this volume, 99% was compliant with the goal. For volumes that we are unable to collect, we assume these volumes are not compliant with the goal, and are therefore reporting 92% compliance. We are working to improve the completeness of our our data collection systems."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            "As of 2019, 92% of McDonald’s fiber-based packaging comes from third-party verified recycled or certified fiber (FSC, PEFC™ or PEFC-endorsed) sources. Note: We estimate that we collected data for 93% of our global volumes of primary fiber-based packaging. Of this volume, 99% was compliant with the goal. For volumes that we are unable to collect, we assume these volumes are not compliant with the goal, and are therefore reporting 92% compliance. We are working to improve the completeness of our our data collection systems."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC Certification 
            "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
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC
            "By 2020, all primary fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs [...] 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) or a PEFC-endorsed national program (e.g., SFI), or made from 100% recycled content as verified by a third-party"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 1993-1997
           In Mcdonald's 2020 CDP report they state the cut off for paper as being - 1993-1997  in line with their deforestation commitment. 
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          "The Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA), and its Latin America Working Group, is another critical partnership that enables us to develop and implement locally tailored approaches."; "We are also members of the Foodservice Packaging Institute’s (FPI) Paper Recovery Alliance and Plastics Recovery Group (PRA/PRG), along with supply chain partners and other industry brands. These groups work collaboratively to increase the amount of foodservice packaging that is composted and recycled."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually
          "An important step in our journey was to understand exactly where our sourcing was driving deforestation, and where we could take action to drive the greatest positive impact. We partnered with the WWF and our suppliers to identify product origins and assess the potential for deforestation across five priority commodity supply chains. This assessment helped us determine priority geographies by pairing McDonald’s supply chain data with that of the 11 world regions projected by WWF to contribute to the majority of deforestation by 2030, based on WWF’s Living Forests Report (...) McDonald’s assesses this risk annually with third parties, including WWF, to take into account the latest supply chain data and trends."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers’ business activities shall comply with applicable laws and regulations in the countries and jurisdictions in which they operate. This Code applies to activities in the locations where suppliers’ goods are produced, where any related services are performed, and where the goods enter the supply chain"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 774,783.68 Metric tons
           Mcdonalds report a total of 774,783.68 Metric tons of paper in their 2020 CDP report. 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          What third-party verification is used?: FSC certification 

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 61,982.69 metric tons

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 92%

          What is the certified volume?: 712,800.98 metric tons
          Mcdonalds report a total of  774,783.68 Metric tons of paper in their 2020 CDP report [...]"As of 2019, 92% of McDonald’s fiber-based packaging comes from third-party verified recycled or certified fiber (FSC, PEFC™ or PEFC-endorsed) sources. Note: We estimate that we collected data for 93% of our global volumes of primary fiber-based packaging. Of this volume, 99% was compliant with the goal. For volumes that we are unable to collect, we assume these volumes are not compliant with the goal, and are therefore reporting 92% compliance. We are working to improve the completeness of our our data collection systems."
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Human rights due diligence is incorporated into the SWA program through on-site announced and unannounced audits conducted by third-party auditing firms that assess compliance with our Code. As part of the onboarding process to become a McDonald’s supplier, suppliers must complete the required steps of the SWA program (outlined below) to verify that they can meet our expectations."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: twice a year

          Details of monitoring: Using certification
          "All primary guest packaging made from paper/ board sold to McDonald’s globally must be certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) or a PEFC-endorsed national program (e.g., SFI), or made from 100% recycled content as verified by a third-party by 2020. McDonald’s requires all wood and wood fiber sourced from high risk regions (Russia, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Argentina) and used for fiber-based packaging, to be either FSC certified or FSC Controlled Wood at mill level. All suppliers are expected to report raw material data twice per year to enable McDonald’s to manage end-to-end sustainability and compliance elements in our supply chain"
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "Procedures to address and resolve non-compliance with suppliers - Developing time-bound targets and milestones to bring suppliers back into compliance. Providing information on appropriate actions that can be taken to address non-compliance. Assessing the efficacy and efforts of non-compliant supplier actions through consistent and quantified metrics. Re-integrating suppliers back into supply chain based on the successful and verifiable completion of activities [...] This means engaging our suppliers to ensure that they are capable and have plans in place to meet our commitments. As outlined in our Commitment on Forests, we will move to suspend or eliminate purchases from a supplier if an audit or other credible source reveals or confirms that the supplier is seriously violating McDonald’s requirements, and if that supplier does not acknowledge and immediately move to acceptably remediate the concern"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      45/88
      • Commitment Strength
        9/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS

            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes
            "Goal: Chicken (soy for feed) - By the end of 2020, all soy sourced for the feed of chicken used in McDonald's products will support deforestation free supply chains. Progress: 100% of soy sourced for the feed of chicken used in McDonald’s products supports deforestation-free supply chains globally."; "McDonald’s requires that all soy sourced for the feed of chicken used in McDonald’s products to be either sourced from low-deforestation priority regions or, when sourced from high-deforestation priority regions, to support responsible soy production. We support responsible soy production through the purchase of Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) credits. A number of our chicken suppliers to Europe also use physical certification through Proterra standards. Soy produced in the Amazon biome meeting the Amazon Soy Moratorium requirements is also recognized as compliant when suppliers can provide proof of traceability and assurance. Soy-producing countries with regions currently identified as high-deforestation priority regions for soy include Argentina (Chaco biome), Brazil (Amazon and Cerrado biomes), and Paraguay (Chaco biome)."  
          • 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

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Not specified
            "Soy (for chicken feed). Scope: Includes all soybean volume used in the feed of chicken sourced for McDonald’s products by all chicken suppliers to the McDonald’s System and all McDonald’s restaurants owned and operated by the Company and its Franchisees which sell chicken. Europe refers to Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Herzegovina, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ukraine. Given the complexity of soy supply chains, we consider that, unless demonstrated, all of McDonald’s sources of soy for chicken feed fall into high deforestation priority regions with the exception of chicken sourced in North America where soy used in chicken feed is locally produced and considered low risk. Exclusions: Soy used as an ingredient in McDonald’s products sold in restaurants, for example, soy oil."
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/1
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/1
            "We are accelerating our efforts and remain committed to eliminating deforestation from our global supply chains by 2030. [...] "Goal: Chicken (soy for feed) - By the end of 2020, all soy sourced for the feed of chicken used in McDonald's products will support deforestation free supply chains. Progress: 100% of soy sourced for the feed of chicken used in McDonald’s products supports deforestation-free supply chains globally."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "Goal: Chicken (soy for feed) - By the end of 2020, all soy sourced for the feed of chicken used in McDonald's products will support deforestation free supply chains. Progress: 100% of soy sourced for the feed of chicken used in McDonald’s products supports deforestation-free supply chains globally."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/9
          • 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
            "We also know that our complete supply chain emissions disclosure, including deforestation emissions, relies upon increased traceability. We have achieved significant milestones, especially in our chicken supply chain, by mapping soy sourced for animal feed with real data from our Soy Calculator, which you can learn more about below. Key opportunities for improving include engaging with indirect suppliers, auctions and feedlots for beef and continuing to expand soy traceability."; "As of the end of 2019, 71% of McDonald’s global soy supply is verified as supporting deforestation-free supply chains. 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 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
            "Soy (for chicken feed). Scope: Includes all soybean volume used in the feed of chicken sourced for McDonald’s products by all chicken suppliers to the McDonald’s System and all McDonald’s restaurants owned and operated by the Company and its Franchisees which sell chicken. Europe refers to Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Herzegovina, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ukraine. Given the complexity of soy supply chains, we consider that, unless demonstrated, all of McDonald’s sources of soy for chicken feed fall into high deforestation priority regions with the exception of chicken sourced in North America where soy used in chicken feed is locally produced and considered low risk. Exclusions: Soy used as an ingredient in McDonald’s products sold in restaurants, for example, soy oil."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • 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 to conduct their activities in a manner that respects human rights as set out in The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In addition, suppliers shall uphold the following labor practices: Freedom of Association...Employment Status: Suppliers shall employ workers who are legally authorized to work in their location and facility and are responsible for validating employees’ eligibility to work status through appropriate documentation... Employment Practices: Suppliers shall not use any form of slave, forced, bonded, indentured, or involuntary prison labor...Anti-Discrimination and Fair Treatment: Suppliers shall promote and maintain a workplace free from discrimination and treat their employees with fairness, dignity and respect...Working Hours and Rest Days: Employees shall be allowed at least one day off every seven days, and any overtime worked shall be voluntary...Underage Labor: Suppliers shall ensure that no underage labor has been used in the production or distribution of their goods or services...Wages and Benefits: Suppliers shall ensure that their workers are paid lawful wages, including overtime, premium pay, and equal pay for equal work without discrimination."
        • 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, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "By working in partnership with suppliers throughout our supply chain, we want to achieve the following...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."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        26/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            "In 2020, in relation to the soy for the feed of chicken used in McDonald’s products in Europe, McDonald’s assessed that 17% of the volume was linked to physical certification and 83% of the volume was matched through the purchase of book and claim credits... Scope: Includes all soybean volume used in the feed of chicken sourced for McDonald’s products by all chicken suppliers to the McDonald’s System and all McDonald’s restaurants owned and operated by the Company and its Franchisees which sell chicken. "
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            "As of the end of 2019, 71% of McDonald’s global soy supply is verified as supporting deforestation-free supply chains. 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."; "A number of our chicken suppliers to Europe also use physical certification through Proterra standards. Soy produced in the Amazon biome meeting the Amazon Soy Moratorium requirements is also recognized as compliant when suppliers can provide proof of traceability and assurance. Soy-producing countries with regions currently identified as high-deforestation priority regions for soy include Argentina (Chaco biome), Brazil (Amazon and Cerrado biomes), and Paraguay (Chaco biome). Given the complexity of soy supply chains, we consider that, unless demonstrated, all of McDonald’s sources of soy for chicken fall into high-deforestation priority regions with the exception of chicken sourced in the U.S. and Canada, where soy used in feed is locally produced and therefore volumes are considered low risk."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            "100% of soy sourced for the feed of chicken used in McDonald’s products supports deforestation-free supply chains globally. We support responsible soy production through the purchase of RTRS credits. A number of our chicken suppliers to Europe also use physical certification through Proterra standards."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2018
          In Mcdonald's 2020 CDP report they state the cut off for soy as being - 2018, in line with their deforestation commitment. 
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Collaboration on Forests and Agriculture (CFA), The Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA)
          "We also partner with the Collaboration on Forests and Agriculture (CFA), whose focus on beef and soy in the Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado, and in the Gran Chaco in Argentina and Paraguay aligns closely with our own sourcing regions and products. Alongside our Latin American Franchisee Arcos Dorados, we provide continuous feedback to the CFA’s framework and support solutions that help protect forests and native vegetation in the Amazon, Cerrado and Chaco. In 2020, we conducted a gap analysis against CFA’s operational guidance. The Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA), and its Latin America Working Group, is another critical partnership that enables us to develop and implement locally tailored approaches."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually
          "An important step in our journey was to understand exactly where our sourcing was driving deforestation, and where we could take action to drive the greatest positive impact. We partnered with the WWF and our suppliers to identify product origins and assess the potential for deforestation across five priority commodity supply chains. This assessment helped us determine priority geographies by pairing McDonald’s supply chain data with that of the 11 world regions projected by WWF to contribute to the majority of deforestation by 2030, based on WWF’s Living Forests Report (...) McDonald’s assesses this risk annually with third parties, including WWF, to take into account the latest supply chain data and trends."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers’ business activities shall comply with applicable laws and regulations in the countries and jurisdictions in which they operate. This Code applies to activities in the locations where suppliers’ goods are produced, where any related services are performed, and where the goods enter the supply chain"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 845,391 metric tons
          Mcdonalds report a total of 845,391 metric tons of soy in their 2020 CDP report. This soy is used for chicken feed.  
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          50-79%
          3/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          50-79%
          3/6
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 245,163.39 metric tons

          What is the certified volume?: 600,227.61 metric tons

          What third-party verification is used?: Roundtable on Responsible Soy Book & Claim certificates

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 71%
          Mcdonalds report a total of 845,391 metric tons of soy in their 2020 CDP report. This soy is used for chicken feed. "In 2019, approximately 71% of the soy sourced for feed of chicken in McDonald’s products did not contribute to deforestation. The procurement spend above is an estimate because the majority of soy used in our supply chain is for animal feed and is not procured by the Company"
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Human rights due diligence is incorporated into the SWA program through on-site announced and unannounced audits conducted by third-party auditing firms that assess compliance with our Code. As part of the onboarding process to become a McDonald’s supplier, suppliers must complete the required steps of the SWA program (outlined below) to verify that they can meet our expectations."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using certification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Twice a year
          "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. All suppliers are expected to report raw material data twice per year to enable McDonald’s to manage end-to-end sustainability and compliance elements in our supply chain"
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non compliance with deforestation commitments 

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Support and action plans
          "Procedures to address and resolve non-compliance with suppliers - Developing time-bound targets and milestones to bring suppliers back into compliance. Providing information on appropriate actions that can be taken to address non-compliance. Assessing the efficacy and efforts of non-compliant supplier actions through consistent and quantified metrics. Re-integrating suppliers back into supply chain based on the successful and verifiable completion of activities [...] This means engaging our suppliers to ensure that they are capable and have plans in place to meet our commitments. As outlined in our Commitment on Forests, we will move to suspend or eliminate purchases from a supplier if an audit or other credible source reveals or confirms that the supplier is seriously violating McDonald’s requirements, and if that supplier does not acknowledge and immediately move to acceptably remediate the concern"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    10/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    24/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    8/18
    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.

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