NEC member McDonald’s recently announced that the fast food restaurant chain plans to achieve zero net emissions by 2050 in an effort reduce the effects the company has on the environment. The company joins many others who have joined the United Nations’ Race to Zero campaign.
McDonald’s has a clear plan to help reduce the amount of plastic and increase the amount of plant-based products it uses. The restaurant chain recently signed a three-year contract with Beyond Meat, a company that produces vegan burgers, in an effort to sell less meat. Similarly, they have reduced the amount of plastic toys in their Happy Meals and would like to completely eliminate plastic from the Happy Meal by 2025. These efforts have helped the company make a 2.6% emissions reduction in their supply chain in the last three years.
The president of McDonald’s, Chris Kempczinski, stated, “We believe we have both a privilege and a responsibility to help lead on issues that matter most in communities – and there is no issue more urgent globally and of impact locally than protecting our planet for generations to come.”
The NEC commends McDonald’s initiative to promote sustainability and protect our environment. Read more in the Boston Business Journal.