Global Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement

McDonald’s has potentially created more economic impact for diverse communities than any other company in the world. Our belief is rooted in “Diversity IS Inclusion”, a bold and seismic value proposition where EVERY individual feels their culture, identity, and experiences are valued and respected. We know that listening to and participating in knowledge-sharing and eclectic insights has helped make us the organization we are today - from our crew members to our board members. From our suppliers to our customers to our community partners.

By aligning our “Diversity IS Inclusion” proposition with our culture pillars of Customer Obsessed, Better Together, and Committed to Lead, we are affecting the business in a positive way.


Community Engagement

Being an active member in the communities we serve has been fundamental to the McDonald’s business since the founding of our company. McDonald's, our franchisees, and our employees, continue to seek ways to make meaningful impacts on the diverse communities where we live and work.

To that end, the Global Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement team has established shared value relationships with several community-based organizations. These relationships help provide us with direct insights into issues and challenges facing our communities - where we are neighbors as well as business owners.

Over the years, our key partners have included:

Logos for 100 Black Men, American Indian College Fund, Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, Asia Society, Catalyst, IMPACT Leadership Development Program, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, Human Rights Campaign, Junior Achievement USA, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Diversity Council, National Urban League, National Council of La Raza, Push Excel, Out & Equal, U.S. Business Leadership Network, and Women's Foodservice Forum


At McDonald’s, we pride ourselves in offering our people world-class learning and education opportunities. From our long legacy of preparing restaurant managers at Hamburger University to running multi-million dollar businesses to our global leadership development programs, we find education and training to be vital for our future competitiveness.

Our Global Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement department has created an education portfolio entitled ‘Food for Thought’, Beyond Bias. The overarching objective is to offer an education experience where everyone is aware of their unique ability to create delicious feel-good moments for our customers, and is able to develop meaningful relationships with colleagues that inspire the higher levels of engagement we need to drive business growth.

‘Food for Thought’, Beyond Bias education is firmly centered in our core belief that, “Our Unconscious Bias can slow us down; moving ‘Beyond Bias’ speeds us up”.  Unconscious Bias can negatively impact the potential feel-good moments between our employees and our customers. They are the stereotypes, both negative and positive, that exist in our subconscious that affect our behavior: How we work better together. The level at which we are committed to lead. Our ability to move FAST and be customer obsessed.

The ‘Food For Thought, Beyond Bias’ experience

Employee Business Networks

McDonald’s has a long history of supporting and building employee business networks. Our Employee Business Networks help promote an inclusive work environment, foster relationships, support career development opportunities and grow the business. They also provide a source of mentors, role models, and sponsors, as well as give network members access to senior leadership, information on career strategies, and opportunities for advancement. They are dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace and are aligned with the company’s strategic business priorities so they may serve as a catalyst for growth.

Logos for Global Woman's Leadership Network, McDonald's African American Council, Asia Pacific Middle East Network, National Hispanic Network, Pride, Working Parents Business Network, Veteran Employee Business Network, Young Professionals Network, Global People