Question: Has the company reviewed business KPIs to ensure they are not increasing risk of modern slavery? (E.g. expansion to production countries that have a lot of migrant workers)
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updated about 1 year ago by Arisa Vithoontien

P6 - In 2018, "McDonald's engaged an external provider to conduct a human rights impact assessment (“HRIA”) at the farm-level." The assessment enabled them to identify that of the commodities they source, "palm oil, tea, coffee and timber present the greatest risk of exposure to human rights concerns, with occupational health and safety, migrant workers, and decent working time identified as the highest risk areas." The HRIA also included stakeholder consultation with key NGOs "to understand how industry experts view the human rights risks associated with the production of the various commodities, as well as their observations on how the risks can best be mitigated." Based on the HRIA findings and recommendations, helped the Company "strengthen human rights management frameworks to better identify, assess, prevent, mitigate and remediate salient human rights issues." For example, updating their "sustainable sourcing policies for specific commodities," and consider the recommendations in informing their human rights due diligence requirements for suppliers. The HRIA findings also raise awareness of human rights risks among their supply chain staff who procure products for McDonalds and have "taken steps to strengthen risk management procedures and improvement plans." By identifying the most salient human rights issues within the supply chains, they aim to "strengthen their risk management procedures, develop appropriate improvement plans, and increase awareness of these issues within our business." They also shared the "information from the HRIA with other brands that purchase similar commodities," and are exploring further ways to work with the wider industry.

Arisa Vithoontien.....2021-11-13 20:17:01 UTC