McDonald’s Corporation is announcing its commitment to achieve net zero emissions across its global operations by 2050.
As part of this initiative, the company is joining the United Nation’s Race to Zero campaign and signing on to the Science Based Targets initiative’s (SBTi) Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign.
“We believe we have both a privilege and a responsibility to help lead on issues that matter most in communities – and there is no issue more urgent globally and of impact locally than protecting our planet for generations to come,” said Chris Kempczinski, McDonald's President and Chief Executive Officer.
A world with lower greenhouse gas emissions and a steady global temperature could ultimately mean less severe weather that can impact restaurant operators and their communities; and more favorable conditions for the farmers and ranchers who work hard to bring customers’ favorite menu items from the fields to the front counter.
“Because McDonald’s serves and delivers food to local communities around the world, they have an opportunity to use their unique assets - their restaurants and supply chain - to set an example of deep corporate responsibility and to inspire other companies and communities to do likewise. Its decision to commit to a net-zero future matters because it will deliver results at scale and build momentum ahead of COP26 where we need more companies, governments, and other actors to do the same,” said Carter Roberts, President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Committing to net zero emissions by 2050 advances the company's work for decades to help drive a more resilient food system, support its farmers and producers, and regenerate the natural resources and ecosystems upon which our communities depend through regenerative agricultural practices.