McDonald’s is getting closer to get 100 percent of its coffee sustainably sourced.
The fast food giant announced on Thursday that 84 percent of its coffee for US restaurants, and 54 percent globally, has been verified as sustainably sourced, up from 37 percent globally in 2015. With this, McDonald’s is on track to achieve its goal of serving 100 percent sustainably sourced coffee at its restaurants worldwide by 2020.
Coffee supply and sustainable sourcing are deeply intertwined. A 2014 study published in Climatic Change found that by the year 2050, climate change could cut the world’s viable coffee-growing areas by half.
The goal is a part of the company’s efforts to “support farmers” and make protective steps against climate change, said Townsend Bailey, director of US supply chain sustainability at McDonald’s.
“As we continue on our journey to build a better McDonald’s, we are using our size and scale to implement significant changes that are important to our customers, our people and the environment,” said Bailey.
The sustainable coffee sourcing initiative is part of McDonald’s efforts to reduce its impact on the environment. The company’s other goals include phasing out the use of plastic straw in its Australian restaurants by 2020 and having 100 percent of its packaging made from renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025.