“We’re implementing policies that hold our leaders directly accountable for making tangible progress on our [diversity, equity, and inclusion] goals,” McDonald’s stated in a Feb. 18 press release, titled “Allyship through Accountability.”
McDonald’s added that it “expects to increase representation of historically underrepresented groups in leadership roles (Senior Director and above) located in the U.S. to 35 percent” and “to increase representation of women in leadership roles globally (Senior Director and above) to 45 percent” by the year 2025. The figures are currently 29 percent and 37 percent, respectively, the statement said.
And 15 percent of the senior executive vice presidents’ bonuses will be conditional on “quantitative human capital management-related metrics,” and they’ll be judged with an “inclusion index” that’s designed to measure their hiring practices and inclusivity, according to the Washington Examiner, citing the release.
“In addition to the Company’s financial performance, executives will be measured on their ability to champion our core values, improve representation within leadership roles for both women and historically underrepresented groups, and create a strong culture of inclusion within the Company,” McDonald’s stated.
McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski, on LinkedIn, repeated some of the press release’s statements and wrote that “we recognize these issues weigh heavily on our people and have heard—loud and clear—that diversity, equity, and inclusion are priorities for our entire team, from our crews to our senior leaders.”
“Allyship,” which is in the title of the McDonald’s press release, is a term associated with critical race theory, a Marxist-inspired supposition that posits that people are defined as either “oppressed” or “oppressors.”
McDonald’s, along with several other large multinational corporations, promised to donate to Black Lives Matter following George Floyd’s death and the resulting protests and riots last year. McDonald’s and other large enterprises largely didn’t acknowledge the violence and riots caused by the Black Lives Matter demonstrations last year.
The release repeats sentiments that were included in a training held by Coca-Cola, according to photos released by a whistleblower last week, that calls on workers to “be less white.” The training was laden with critical race theory-inspired terminology. “Be less oppressive, be less arrogant, be less certain, be less defensive, be less ignorant, be more humble, listen, believe, break with apathy, break with white solidarity” are listed as ways to become “less white,” according to the training slides. Coca-Cola issued a statement on its website appearing to distance itself from the content of the training.
“The video and images attributed to a Coca-Cola training program are not part of the company’s learning curriculum,” reads a statement from the company titled “Statement on The Coca-Cola Company Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training.”