Managing ourESG Reporting

We’re committed to providing accurate and relevant updates on progress toward our Scale for Good goals, as well as other environmental, social and governance (ESG) data, ensuring accountable structures of governance and focusing on the issues that matter most to our stakeholders.



Refreshing our reporting

The Scale for Good section of our website is designed to be a living reporting platform where readers can see how we’re doing year on year, and find the latest updates on our strategy, global priorities, policies and performance. We also share issue-specific reports on topics of importance to our business and society.

For example, in early 2017 we published our Global Beef Sustainability report (pdf, 19.8MB), which introduces our new 2020 beef sustainability vision and goals. In addition, our regional markets around the world publish local reports and updates on what they’re doing in sustainability.


ESG performance data

We have a number of goals and environmental and social performance indicators that we use to measure progress and hold ourselves accountable. We report annually on our climate change, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, water management and forests strategies through CDP.

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Scale for Good governance and materiality

In support of our vision to use our Scale for Good and ensure responsible leadership across our business, we take steps to ensure strong governance, clear accountability, stakeholder engagement to drive prioritization, and a commitment to transparency and accurate reporting.

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Scale for Good reporting scope

Unless otherwise stated, information and data across the Scale for Good section covers McDonald’s Corporation and its majority-owned subsidiaries worldwide operations during fiscal year 2016 (January to December).

For our developmental licensee and affiliate markets (those not operated by the Company), we rely entirely on the accuracy of the performance data provided by their management. For more information on the Company’s structure and scope, please see the Company’s Annual Report. In addition, certain information in this report has been provided by third parties, including our suppliers. In these cases, we have relied on these third parties for accuracy and completeness.

Statements contained in these web pages about future developments and past occurrences are based on information and assumptions available as of the date of publication. While we are committed to providing timely updates on our website, the company holds no obligation to update information or statements.


Report downloads

Report archive

2011 Sustainability Scorecard (pdf, 6.1MB)

2010 Report (pdf, 1.5MB)

2009 Report (pdf, 1MB)

2008 Report (pdf, 2.2MB)