Industry News | July 20, 2004

McDonald's Tops Fortune Mag's Minority Survey

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For the second consecutive year, McDonald’s Corporation tops the Fortune magazine list of Best Companies for Minorities. The annual survey from Fortune evaluates the number of minority employees, hiring, promotion, and retention for more than 1,200 U.S. companies to compile the prestigious list.

Recognized as having the highest minority employee-retention rate on Fortune’s 2004 list, the national business publication cited McDonald’s for adding minorities to its board of directors, making a concerted effort to purchase from minority suppliers and having a workforce that is 53 percent minority.

"Being one of the best companies for minorities is part of the very fabric of how we do business now and how we will do business in the future," said Mike Roberts, chief exec, McDonald’s USA. "We are proud of our long-standing commitment to diversity at McDonald’s. We believe the diversity of our workforce, at our restaurants and in our corporate offices, is a reflection of the communities we serve," said Roberts.

"Seeing McDonald’s being named as the top company for minorities by Fortune Magazine is no surprise to those of us in the foodservice industry," said Gerry Fernandez, president, MultiCultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance. "McDonald’s continues to set even higher standards for themselves and do more to promote diversity and inclusion across the entire hospitality industry."