McDonald’s itself states that these are “some serious numbers,” but another serious number connected to McDonald’s operations is the 153,000 metric tons of plastic packaging the company used in its beverage cups, lids, and utensils alone, or the estimated 2 million tons of packaging waste the company produces each year – which is about three tons of waste every minute. Considering that only 9% of all plastics ever made have been recycled, these numbers significantly contribute to the global plastic pollution crisis and must be corrected.
McDonald's has not yet shared their proxy statement for their upcoming AGM, however based on last years proxy statement investors needed to have held shares by 22 March to support this proposal* See below for more information
Our goal is to support As You Sow’s proposal to McDonald’s by launching a campaign that allows individuals to invest in a more sustainable future and hold McDonald’s accountable for its continued usage of substantial amounts of plastic packaging while plastic pollution grows unabated by voting at the company’s next shareholder meeting. The proposal requests that the McDonald’s Board of Directors issue a report: (1) assessing the reputational, financial, and operational risks associated with continuing to use substantial amounts of plastic packaging while plastic pollution grows unabated; (2) evaluating the benefits of dramatically reducing the amount of plastics used in packaging; and (3) describing how McDonald’s can further reduce single-use packaging, including any planned reduction strategies or goals, materials redesign, transition to reusables, substitution, or reductions in use of virgin plastic. A “win” would result in McDonald’s being required to issue that report describing how the company will reduce its plastics use in alignment with the reductions findings of the Pew Report, or other authoritative sources, to feasibly reduce ocean pollution.
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