Industry News | October 19, 2011

McDonald's Honored for Equal Opportunity and Diversity

McDonald’s Corporation and vice chairman and CEO Jim Skinner were selected as the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s 12th Annual A. Leon Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Award Honorees for exemplary corporate leadership in advancing equal opportunity and diversity. The gala black-tie dinner, themed “We Believe in All of Us,” will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis on October 24 with a 6:30 p.m. reception and 7:30 p.m. dinner. CNN Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi will serve as emcee.

McDonald’s Corporation is the leading global foodservice retailer with more than 33,000 local restaurants serving more than 64 million people in 118 countries each day. Around the world, inclusion and diversity at McDonald’s means providing equal opportunities for everyone to succeed and contribute. McDonald’s accomplishes this in a number of ways, such as the integration of diversity initiatives into their daily business practices, a strong diversity education curriculum, employee business networks, and external partnerships with diverse national organizations.

“At McDonald’s, we celebrate, embrace, and advance diversity as part of our legacy. We’re honored to receive the prestigious Higginbotham Award recognizing our work in this area,” Skinner says. “Having a purposeful diversity strategy helps McDonald’s meet the needs of our broad base of customers. We’re committed to developing an even stronger culture of diversity, and to making sure that our global business teams are as diverse as the customers visiting our restaurants.”

“We salute McDonald’s and Jim Skinner for their stellar commitment to inclusion and diversity,” says Lawyers’ Committee executive director Barbara Arnwine. “We are enormously proud of McDonald’s global leadership in embracing and empowering a diverse workforce.”

More than 60 percent of McDonald’s home office and U.S. company workforce are of a racial or ethnic minority, or are women. In addition, approximately 45 percent of McDonald’s U.S. franchise owners are women and minorities. McDonald’s suppliers are also diverse; 68 percent of the company’s annual spend on food, packaging, uniforms, operating supplies, and premiums come from U.S. minority and women-owned businesses. The company’s recognition includes: Corporate Responsibility Magazine, 2010 Top 100 Best Corporate Citizens; Black Enterprise Magazine, Top 40 Best Companies for Diversity; and Hispanic Magazine, Top 60 Best Companies for Diversity.

The prestigious Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Award, named in honor of Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., a pioneering civil rights advocate, author, and federal appeals court judge, was established in 2000. Past honorees include: Aetna Inc.; BellSouth Corporation; Citigroup Inc.; Colgate-Palmolive Company; Fannie Mae; General Electric Company; Microsoft Corporation; The New York Times Company; PepsiCo, Inc.; Qualcomm, Inc.; Time Warner, Inc.; and United Parcel Service.


The success of our company is due in large part to our diverse population, all working together for common success. As part of the female, minority population, I continue to experience the value of having this diversity in our company.Congratulations to our corporate leadership for being recognized for what we believe is the way to success. "Bravo"

I love diversity however i think diversity should be even across the board there shouldnt be more of one than another unless that group had much less applicants. when a company has less than 2% of one group and that group had 28% more applicants than any other group than how diverse is the company. I have no problem working with any group of people but we need to stop and think being a minority group doesnt give you a right to that job being quailified does. congrats Mcdonls on this award however look at your sats you have one group you wont hire at all; and one you hire less than 2% of of all aplicants and less than 0.5% of that groups applicants.

Palestine needs diversity!

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