McDonald's vets suppliers according to pro-LGBTQ policies and has canceled partnerships with a conservative nonprofit, American Legislative Exchange Commission (ALEC), due to pressure from progressive groups. McDonald's has donated to the National Urban League (NUL) while supporting the Equality Act and opposing state-level election security laws. McDonald's does not have viewpoint protections for its employees. For these reasons, McDonald's receives a "High Risk" rating.
Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.
McDonald’s received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign (1). Among other requirements, this means McDonald’s vets suppliers according to LGBTQ policies. In 2012, McDonald’s canceled its partnership with the conservative nonprofit ALEC after coming under pressure from progressive groups (2).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.
McDonald’s announced that it would indefinitely halt PAC funding of all federal candidates (1). The McDonald’s Corporation Political Action Committee has since resumed spending without withholding funds from the election-objecting candidates (2). However, McDonald’s made a $5,000 donation to the Equality PAC in 2022 (3).
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