Food Quality & Sourcing
We are working toward responsibly sourcing our priority commodities, prioritizing animal health and welfare and making safe, quality food accessible to families across the world.
Our Priority Issues
Strict food safety standards and protocols are embedded in everything we do, from food and product sourcing, menu development, packaging and distribution to the running of our restaurants.
We are listening to our customers and evaluating our menu to identify ways to evolve our offerings, while maintaining the great taste our customers know and love. McDonald’s will continue to take a responsible approach to our Happy Meals by offering balanced options and promoting menu items that contribute to recommended food groups, such as fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy.
The road to serving a McDonald’s menu item to a delighted customer is long and complex. Our global supply chain spans countries, continents and industries. We approach responsible sourcing with an understanding that our work impacts the livelihoods of people, the health of our shared planet and the well-being of animals. We believe we must respect them all.
Serving safe, quality food relies on animals that are properly cared for throughout their lives. At McDonald’s, this includes both animal welfare and responsible antibiotic use. We remain focused on the positive impact we can have by working in partnership with our suppliers.
Learn how we aim to preserve and regenerate nature, support biodiversity and engage the farmers closest to natural ecosystems, as well as how we are building business resilience into our business in a changing world. We are also committed to respecting the human rights of the people who work for us, directly and across our supply chain.
- 1,000 farmers globally on McDonald’s Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) standards.
- 1,959 third-party supplier audits performed according to our Supplier Quality Management System (SQMS) in 2022.
- 92% of our audited suppliers fully met our SQMS standards in 2022.
- 55,171 restaurant food safety audits (announced and unannounced) performed in 2022.
Nutrition & Marketing Practices
- By the end of 2022, we made significant progress across all five Global Happy Meal Goals in our 20 major markets. Read the closing report on progress against our Happy Meal Goals produced by Keybridge (PDF – 1.8 MB), the independent third-party supporting our measurement and reporting, and our 2022–2023 Purpose & Impact Report (PDF – 7 MB) for our progress against each goal.
- 100% of the palm oil we sourced in 2022 was certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
- 100% of soy sourced in 2022 for the feed of chicken supported deforestation-free supply chains.
- 99.9% of our ground and whole bean coffee was sustainably sourced in 2022.
- 88.8% of wild-caught fish came from verified sustainable fisheries in 2022.
Animal Health & Welfare
- The U.S. sources more than 88% cage-free eggs as of the end of 2022, while many of our other markets continue to make progress.
- More than 91% of our pork purchased in the U.S. comes from suppliers that have phased out the use of gestation stalls for housing confirmed pregnant sows as of the end of 2022.
- We are currently on track to achieve our 2024 Broiler Welfare Commitments across our in-scope markets.1
Responsible Antibiotic Use
- We have established market-specific targets for the responsible use of antibiotics for our 10 in-scope beef sourcing markets, representing over 80% of our global beef supply chain as of the end of 2022.
- We’ve eliminated the use of antibiotics defined as “Highest Priority Critically Important to Human Medicine” by the World Health Organization in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. in our broiler chicken supply chain.
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Reporting Across Our Purpose & Impact
This section of our website – Our Purpose & Impact – acts as the primary platform for our foundational approach, strategies and policies over each of our priority environmental and social issues, alongside recent progress highlights. In addition to our overall approach to issues, our goals and performance work in tandem to drive transformation across our four Impact Areas – the topics we know matter most to our stakeholders – helping us stay accountable for realizing our purpose and driving meaningful impact.
Relevant Reports & Summaries
- Global Happy Meal Goals 2022 Progress Report (PDF – 1.8 MB)
- 2020–2021 Purpose and Impact Summary (PDF – 5.26 MB)
- 2022 Broiler Welfare Progress Update (PDF – 97KB)
Additional issues across our reporting include:
1 These commitments apply to chickens raised for sale at McDonald’s restaurants in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S. Russia has been removed from the scope of this goal based on our 2022 exit from this market.