McDonald’s Strengthens Commitment to Minority-Owned Suppliers | Company
Companies that have endorsed the commitment to be responsible for progress in “accelerating cultures of inclusion” and “dismantling barriers to economic opportunity” include Accenture, Cargill, New Horizons Baking Co. and Tyson Foods.
“We are committed to promoting equality within our company with every team member – every shift, every day – and in the communities where we live and work,” said John Tyson, Director of Sustainability at Tyson Foods, in a statement.
The commitment outlines a number of areas suppliers need to focus on, ranging from increasing overall diversity in leadership and staff to investing in programs to make a ‘measurable difference’ in the workforce. talents in the communities where McDonald’s operates.
McDonald’s, one of the largest restaurant chains in the world with 39,000 locations, has 14,000 restaurants in the United States, 93% of which are franchised.
Last year, in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department and subsequent civil unrest, McDonald’s was among several leading Chicago companies expressing support for enhanced diversity programs and inclusion.
Since then, McDonald’s has said it has advanced a number of initiatives, including hiring Reginald Miller in November as global head of diversity, equity and inclusion. Strengthening diversity in the supply chain can be crucial in following through on the broader commitment to diversity, Miller said.