Speaking up and choosing to challenge accepted practices

Reginald Miller, Global Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, McDonald's

 IWD 2021

McDonald’s values are centered around the value of integrity – above all, we do the right thing. That includes speaking up and choosing to challenge accepted practices by advocating for women.

No matter where you are in the world when you interact with McDonald’s – through the app, in restaurant, watching a commercial, working in an office setting or as a crew member – inclusivity and equity are as evident and familiar as the Arches.

This commitment is the foundation of our global DEI ambition. The work will continue to evolve under the principles of our broader diversity strategy, which sets out how we will better represent the diverse communities in which we operate, accelerate cultures of inclusion and belonging, and dismantle barriers to economic opportunity.

Congruent with #ChoosetoChallenge, McDonald’s now offers “Speak Up” training to all corporate staff in markets around the world. Our hope is that everyone who works under the Arches shows up each day to a safe, respectful and inclusive workplace – one that empowers and inspires them, provides access to continuous learning and development, and allows for a job that integrates into their life.

When we speak up on behalf of women, or when we speak up as a way of standing up for ourselves, we “walk-the-walk” and help ourselves to:

  • put people first
  • do the right thing with integrity
  • create a more inclusive environment
  • unify and create solidarity as a work family

We can use our scale to tackle big challenges facing our communities and the women in them - both locally and globally – and the downstream impact is greater economic opportunity and increase in diverse talent pipelines and leaders across industries worldwide.

In every area of our McDonald’s business, we will use our System to change the system. 

That’s how we choose to challenge.



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