McDonald’s

Chicago, Illinois
Food Beverage and Tobacco

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Summary:

McDonald's has canceled partnerships with a conservative nonprofit, American Legislative Exchange Commission (ALEC), due to pressure from progressive groups. McDonald’s scored a 100 out of 100 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, McDonald's increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company provides a benefits package for employees which covers transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. McDonald's forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. The company's President and CEO signed Catalyst's Champions for Change pledge and the company supports the Equality Act. America First Legal filed a letter with the EEOC requesting a civil rights investigation into McDonald's over discriminatory practices in hiring. Mcdonald’s is a member of the Global Alliance for Responsible Media, which aims to demonetize advertisements and suppress content that “vilifies” individuals based on sexual orientation and gender identity, discusses "debated social issues in a negative or partisan context" or spreads "hate speech". The company’s President and CEO signed Catalyst's Champions for Change pledge, indicating its support of DEI in its leadership composition through the establishment of gender and racial targets. America First Legal filed a letter with the EEOC requesting a civil rights investigation into McDonald's over discriminatory practices in hiring. McDonald's mandated unconscious bias training for its corporate recruiters and trainers. The company has tied executive bonuses to workplace diversity, withholding some bonuses if diversity quotas are not met. McDonald's supports the Equality Act and is a member of the Civic Alliance, which opposes state election reform laws. CEO Chris Kempczinski is a member of the Business Roundtable, but has not supported ideological initiatives. McDonald’s CEO, Chris Kempczinski, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace. The company pledged $1 million to the Black Lives Matter movement and related causes, including the National Urban League. McDonald's is a Bronze sponsor of Out and Equal. The company has donated to the Equality PAC. For these reasons, McDonald's receives a High Risk rating.

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Board Bias

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CEO of McDonald’s

Chris Kempczinski

Chris Kempczinski

Summary:

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, McDonald’s is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Food Beverage and Tobacco industry. Chris Kempczinski and Enrique Hernandez, Jr. serve as CEO/President and Chairman, respectively, leading the company’s C-suite executive team and the board of directors. Amongst these teams, the collective leadership is responsible for $14,550 to Republican causes and $29,600 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, McDonald’s currently holds a 'High Risk' risk rating.

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Political Contributions of Leadership:

$14,550

$29,600

Republican

Democrat

Shareholder Proposals

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Date
ESG Category
Proponent
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
5/22/24GovernanceJohn CheveddenStockholder Approval of Director CompensationAgainst92.76%
5/22/24SocialJohn HarringtonAnnual Report on Global Political InfluenceAgainst14.75%
5/22/24SocialNational Center for Public Policy ResearchCorporate Giving DisclosureAgainst1.91%
5/22/24SocialNational Legal and Policy CenterCongruency Analysis on Human RightsAgainst1.54%
5/22/24EnvironmentalThe Humane Society of the United StatesPoultry Welfare DisclosureAgainst35.54%
5/22/24SocialThe Benedictine Sisters of Boerne, TexasAdoption of Antibiotics PolicyAgainst14.93%
5/25/23SocialThe SOC Investment GroupAnnual Report on Lobbying ActivitiesAgainst49.80%
5/25/23SocialThe National Legal and Policy CenterCivil Rights & Returns to Merit AuditAgainst2.40%
5/25/23SocialThe National Legal and Policy CenterReport on Efforts in Communist ChinaAgainst3.00%
5/25/23SocialThe Benedictine Sisters of Boerne, TexasAdoption of Antibiotics Policy (1 of 2)Against16.30%
5/25/23SocialJohn HarringtonAnnual Report on Global Political InfluenceAgainst18.10%
5/25/23SocialThe Shareholder CommonsAdoption of Antibiotics Policy (2 of 2)Against18.40%
5/25/23EnvironmentalThe Human Society of the United StatesPoultry Welfare DisclosureAgainst38.10%
5/26/22SocialThe Shareholder CommonsReport on Public-Health Costs of Antibiotic Use and Impact on Diversified ShareholdersAgainst13.19%
5/26/22SocialJohn HarringtonIssue Transparency Report on Global Public Policy and Political InfluenceAgainst12.56%
5/26/22SocialNational Legal and Policy CenterReport on Lobbying Payments and PolicyAgainst34.76%
5/26/22EnvironmentalAs You SowReport on Efforts to Reduce Plastic UseAgainst41.52%
5/26/22GovernanceJohn CheveddenSpecial Meetings - Reduce Ownership Req. to 10%Against43.05%
5/26/22SocialSOC Investment GroupReport on Third-Party Civil Rights AuditAgainst55.14%
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