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Membership No.







United States

Member since

1 September 2011

McDonald's Corporation


We?re committed to building a better McDonald?s and using our scale for good. As one of the world?s largest restaurant companies, we have the responsibility and opportunity to take action on some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the world today. When you operate 37,000 restaurants in 120 markets around the world, serving 69 million people each day, every change makes a big difference.

We care that the food we serve every day is safe, great quality, offers choice and is produced in a responsible way. We embrace this opportunity to drive meaningful progress, and to do so by collaborating with millions of customers, employees, Franchisees, suppliers and other partners. Our sustainability initiatives are most impactful when they go beyond the direct reach of our company to influence action both within our business network and beyond. We hope our efforts can drive real change, so they become tomorrow?s standard.

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    Organisation's Commitments Toward Sustainability

  • How will your organisation promote the RSPO internally and to other stakeholders?
    Prior to application for RSPO membership, McDonald's communicated to our suppliers as part of our Sustainable Land Management commitment our intent to work with suppliers that over time follow practices to ensure that the agricultural raw materials for our products originate from legal and sustainably managed land sources, with the ultimate goal of recognized, third-party certification. For our markets and suppliers using palm oil, RSPO was communicated as the preferred third party certification, and we have publicly stated our goals to move toward certified palm oil for our restaurant cooking oil and par-fry products that use palm oil. In addition to communicating our support for the RSPO internally with our 1,000+ suppliers around the world, we will continue to leverage a variety of communication channels including mcdonalds.com and associated websites http://corporate.mcdonalds.com/corpmcd/scale-for-good/using-our-scale-for-good.html to further reiterate our goal and commitment to the RSPO and the focus on further promotion of sustainable palm oil production, procurement and use.
  • Where relevant, what processes is the organisation establishing to engage with interested parties, for example to resolve conflict or to use sustainably produced palm oil?
    We are committed to sourcing certified palm oil. We do this alongside stakeholders from throughout the palm oil supply chain, including growers, traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, non-governmental organizations, banks and investors.
    We also have expectations of our centrally managed suppliers of restaurant and par-fry oil to address deforestation and human rights concerns. We’ve listened to expert stakeholders who have told us our palm oil goals and strategy could be strengthened, and we agree. We therefore updated our Global Sustainable Palm Oil Policy in 2016 to make it more rigorous and continue to take a holistic approach that will serve both ourselves and the wider industry.
  • Where relevant, how will your organisation work towards implementing the RSPO Principles and Criteria or assessing supplier performance against these criteria?
    Supporting sustainable production
    In 2017, 100% of palm oil used globally for restaurant cooking or by our suppliers to par-fry chicken and potato products was RSPO-certified sustainable or covered by RSPO credits, the minimum level of verification currently required according to our Global Sustainable Palm Oil Policy. We also continue to grow the amount of mass balance certified oil, increasing from 11% to 36% in 2017. This reflects our commitment to physical supply chains of certified sustainable palm oil.
    Contributing to industry transformation
    In 2016, we launched our Global Sustainable Palm Oil Policy, and held webinars and training sessions with all suppliers, as well as our market and product category teams that use palm oil around the world. We also selected suppliers that were best positioned to meet our future needs, in part based on their ability to show us that they can meet our sustainability expectations. In doing so, sustainability became even more integral to the way we do business.
    Transparency on progress
    We communicate annually through the RSPO Annual Communication of Progress and our website. We also continuously update our Sustainable Sourcing Guide, which outlines our priorities and expectations for suppliers, including for palm oil. To help inform our reporting methodology, we use the Reporting Guidance for Responsible Palm, developed by a wide range of organizations and published in 2017. It aims to provide common reporting guidance for companies throughout the supply chain, thereby increasing understanding, transparency and accountability for responsible palm oil production.
  • Any other information that would support the application such as what your organisation hopes to gain from joining RSPO and how it would support RSPO?
    McDonald's supports multi-stakeholder efforts such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to identify and remove unsustainable practices from the production of palm oil and to certify sustainable palm oil products. We believe in sustainable palm oil and hope to leverage our brand and supply chain to provide further support for the RSPO and their efforts to ensure the long-term sustainability of palm oil from an environmental, ethical and economic perspective.
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