McDonald's is pleased to announce the winners of its 2012 Best of Sustainable Supply Chain by highlighting 51 stories of supply chain partners who have risen to the company's challenge of improving food sources, the environment, communities, and employee wellness across the world.
McDonald's received more than 400 submissions from 172 different suppliers, making the 2012 selection process one of the most difficult, yet gratifying, to date.
A panel of executives and external experts, including BSR, Conservation International, Food Animal Initiative (FAI) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) selected the final 2012 Best of Sustainable Supply winners.
These projects were selected based on either measurable results or innovation.
Highlights that demonstrate how McDonald's suppliers have met sustainability goals in measure-able, impacting, and pioneering ways include the following:
Providing clean water to two million people in Africa through water access, sanitation, watershed protection and productive use of water (provided by The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation)
Teaching orphans how to raise chickens in Belarus (Burnbrae Farms)
Helping employees earn higher education in Thailand (Cargill, Inc.)
Reduction of water use per head of cattle by nearly 10 percent, saving more than 230 million gallons per year in the southwestern U.S. (JBS USA)
"One of our core values is taking seriously the responsibilities that come with being a leader, and using our size, scope and resources to help make the world a better place. Nowhere is that commitment more evident than in our supply chain," says Jose Armario, executive vice president, McDonald's Global Supply Chain, Development & Franchising.
"The submissions in this year's report demonstrate that McDonald's supply chain is world class in its ability to provide safe, sustainable, and assured supply of food and products our customers love."
"The majority of any given company's social and environmental impacts are in its supply chain. McDonald's recognition of its suppliers is an important means to highlighting innovative solutions that drive sustainability commitments and encourage leadership within the industry," says Sonal Pandya-Dalal, Conservation International's Senior Advisor, Corporate Leadership Strategies, Center for Environmental Leadership in Business.
McDonald's Armario adds, "Leadership throughout our supply chain is increasingly critical as we work to integrate sustainable actions across all areas of our business to help make the world a better place for everyone. We sincerely appreciate all of our suppliers' efforts."