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  • Overall approach
    6/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Deforestation-Free
      4/6
      "Our aim is to eliminate deforestation from our global supply chains by 2030. Our Commitment on Forests [...] and its supporting addendum [...] set out our vision to achieve this, starting by 2020 with raw materials that we buy in the greatest volume and where we can have the biggest impact – beef, chicken (including soy in feed), palm oil, coffee and the fiber used in customer packaging."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      New York Declaration on Forests; Soy Moratorium; Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support; Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 partner; UN Global Consumer Goods Forum; WWF Global Forest & Trade Network
      McDonald's Corp. are members of the New York Declaration on Forests, the Soy Moratorium, the Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support, a Tropical Forest Alliance 2002 partner, the UN Global Consumer Goods Forum, and the WWF Global Forest & Trade Network.
    • 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."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    41/86
    • Beef
      49/86
      • Commitment Strength
        30/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          18/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "We’re committed to eliminating deforestation from our beef supply chain by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We’re committed to eliminating deforestation from our beef supply chain by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We’re committed to eliminating deforestation from our beef supply chain by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We’re committed to eliminating deforestation from our beef supply chain by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We’re committed to eliminating deforestation from our beef supply chain by 2020."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.8/2
            Target date
            2020
            1.8/2
            "We’re committed to eliminating deforestation from our beef supply chain by 2020."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "We’re committed to eliminating deforestation from our beef supply chain by 2020."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2.7/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2.7/5.3
            "In all countries where we source beef, we have traceability from the abattoirs through the processing plant and to McDonald’s restaurants. We audit the processors that supply our beef annually."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "In all countries where we source beef, we have traceability from the abattoirs through the processing plant and to McDonald’s restaurants. We audit the processors that supply our beef annually."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "In all countries where we source beef, we have traceability from the abattoirs through the processing plant and to McDonald’s restaurants. We audit the processors that supply our beef annually."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "In all countries where we source beef, we have traceability from the abattoirs through the processing plant and to McDonald’s restaurants. We audit the processors that supply our beef annually."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "In all countries where we source beef, we have traceability from the abattoirs through the processing plant and to McDonald’s restaurants. We audit the processors that supply our beef annually."
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            "In all countries where we source beef, we have traceability from the abattoirs through the processing plant and to McDonald’s restaurants. We audit the processors that supply our beef annually."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "In all countries where we source beef, we have traceability from the abattoirs through the processing plant and to McDonald’s restaurants. We audit the processors that supply our beef annually."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            "In all countries where we source beef, we have traceability from the abattoirs through the processing plant and to McDonald’s restaurants. We audit the processors that supply our beef annually."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "AgroTools runs a farm level assessment, using satellite imagery of the farm area along with data analysis, to assess whether the farms are in compliance with our deforestation-free beef policy."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "Suppliers are expected to implement continuous improvement plans with any farms in their supply chain which are not in compliance to bring them up to compliance."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "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." McDonald's Corp. are also an active contributor to the Collaboration for Forests and Agriculture (CFA): "actively working to support solutions that help protect forests and native vegetation in the Amazon, Cerrado and Chaco."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          McDonald's Corp. report their total consumption of cattle products to CDP.
      • Social Considerations
        8/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          McDonald's Corp commit to "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".
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          McDonald's Corp. state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the UN Declaration on Human Rights. They require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Palm oil
      44/86
      • Commitment Strength
        23/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Certification
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants worldwide and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production." "We are committed to sourcing RSPO certified palm oil."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants worldwide and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production." "We are committed to sourcing RSPO certified palm oil."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants worldwide and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production." "We are committed to sourcing RSPO certified palm oil."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants worldwide and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production." "We are committed to sourcing RSPO certified palm oil."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants worldwide and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production." "We are committed to sourcing RSPO certified palm oil."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants worldwide and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production." "We are committed to sourcing RSPO certified palm oil."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants worldwide and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production." "We are committed to sourcing RSPO certified palm oil."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Additionally, we will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following: [...] 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 sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Additionally, we will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following: [...] 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 operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Additionally, we will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following: [...] 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 direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Additionally, we will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following: [...] 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 indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Additionally, we will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following: [...] 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
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants worldwide and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production." "We are committed to sourcing RSPO certified palm oil."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in McDonald’s restaurants worldwide and as ingredients in McDonald’s products will support sustainable production." "We are committed to sourcing RSPO certified palm oil."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        13/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "In 2017, 100% of palm oil used globally for restaurant cooking or by our suppliers to par-fry chicken, potato and globally managed bakery and sauce products, was certified as supporting sustainable production. Our volumes of mass balance certified oils increased from 11.6% in 2016 to 36% in 2017."
          • 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
            In the 2018 RSPO ACOP, McDonald's reported their palm oil consumption as 90,475.00 tonnes, of which 90,474.170560.00001 tonnes was certified.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "In 2017, 100% of palm oil used globally for restaurant cooking or by our suppliers to par-fry chicken, potato and globally managed bakery and sauce products, was certified as supporting sustainable production. Our volumes of mass balance certified oils increased from 11.6% in 2016 to 36% in 2017."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            In the 2018 RSPO ACOP, McDonald's reported their palm oil consumption as 90,475.00 tonnes, of which 90,474.170560.00001 tonnes was certified.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          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."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          90,474.17056000001 tonnes
          In the 2018 RSPO ACOP, McDonald's reported their palm oil consumption as 90,475.00 tonnes, of which 90,474.170560.00001 tonnes was certified.
      • Social Considerations
        8/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          McDonald's Corp commit to "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".
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          McDonald's Corp. state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the UN Declaration on Human Rights. They require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Soy
      29/86
      • Commitment Strength
        17/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          16/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "Agreed to Not Purchase Soy Grown on Deforested Land" for chicken feed in 2006, in line with the Soy Moratorium. . . "Committed to Purchase Only Sustainably Certified Soy by 2020"
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Agreed to Not Purchase Soy Grown on Deforested Land" for chicken feed in 2006, in line with the Soy Moratorium.
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Agreed to Not Purchase Soy Grown on Deforested Land" for chicken feed in 2006, in line with the Soy Moratorium.
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Agreed to Not Purchase Soy Grown on Deforested Land" for chicken feed in 2006, in line with the Soy Moratorium.
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            "Agreed to Not Purchase Soy Grown on Deforested Land" for chicken feed in 2006, in line with the Soy Moratorium.
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "Agreed to Not Purchase Soy Grown on Deforested Land" for chicken feed in 2006, in line with the Soy Moratorium.
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          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."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          In the 2017 CDP report, McDonald's reported their soy usage as 343823 Metric tons.
      • Social Considerations
        8/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          McDonald's Corp commit to "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".
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          McDonald's Corp. state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the UN Declaration on Human Rights. They require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      43/86
      • Commitment Strength
        22/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "100% of fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "100% of fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            "100% of fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "100% of fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "100% of fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020".
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "100% of fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "100% of fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020".
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "100% of fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "100% of fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "100% of fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "100% of fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "100% of fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020".
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "100% of fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "100% of fiber-based guest packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020".
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        13/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            " As of 2017, 70% of McDonald’s fiber-based guest packaging comes from third-party verified recycled or certified fiber (FSC, PEFCTM 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 2017, 70% of McDonald’s fiber-based guest packaging comes from third-party verified recycled or certified fiber (FSC, PEFCTM or PEFC-endorsed) sources".
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            " As of 2017, 70% of McDonald’s fiber-based guest packaging comes from third-party verified recycled or certified fiber (FSC, PEFCTM or PEFC-endorsed) sources". 
          • 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
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "McDonald’s reserves the right to audit compliance with this Code. Audits are facility inspections that include employee interviews and a review of supplier records and business practices. Such audits are conducted by McDonald’s or its approved monitoring firm. If an audit identifies a violation of this Code, suppliers shall act promptly to correct the situation to McDonald’s satisfaction."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "McDonald’s reserves the right to audit compliance with this Code. Audits are facility inspections that include employee interviews and a review of supplier records and business practices. Such audits are conducted by McDonald’s or its approved monitoring firm. If an audit identifies a violation of this Code, suppliers shall act promptly to correct the situation to McDonald’s satisfaction". 
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings
          "Our sustainable packaging journey dates back to 25 years ago when we established a partnership with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). We not only phased out polystyrene sandwich boxes, but also significantly reduced our environmental impact by cutting solid waste and streamlining material choices. The initiative eliminated more than 300 million pounds of packaging, recycled 1 million tons of corrugated boxes and reduced waste by 30% in the decade following the partnership". 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          In the 2017 CDP report, McDonald's reported their timber  (paper) usage as 695574 Metric tons.
      • Social Considerations
        8/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          McDonald's Corp commit to "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".
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          McDonald's Corp. state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the UN Declaration on Human Rights. They require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    23/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    10/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    8/16
    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. In 2015, for example, over 120,000 metric tons of palm oil were used by McDonald’s.

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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