McDonald's Corporation

Advisory Council Member

Founded in 1955 and currently the second-largest restaurant chain in the world, McDonald’s takes seriously its commitment to increase the sustainability of coffee sourcing. Since 2008 McDonald’s has been committed to practicing sustainable coffee farming and sourcing through the serving of only Rainforest Alliance, UTZ or Fairtrade Certified coffee in all of its European locations. By 2015, over one-third of McDonald’s global coffee supply came from certified sustainable sources, with a company-wide goal of sourcing 100% of McDonald’s coffee through sustainable methods by just 2020. McDonald’s believes strongly that through cooperation, coffee can be the world’s first truly sustainable agricultural product.

Statement of support

“We are excited to join forces with other industry leaders to support Conservation International’s Sustainable Coffee Challenge. We are on a journey to serve all of our customers responsibly sourced, high quality coffee from verified sources by 2020. Our size and global reach give us the responsibility to lead meaningful change around the world. Joining the Sustainable Coffee Challenge furthers this commitment knowing, together, we can make coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural product.” Victoria Zimmerman, Manager of Strategic Sourcing - Coffee, McDonald’s Corporation

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Partner Since September 2016

Our Commitments

100% of coffee verified as supporting sustainable production by 2020.


June 2023

Our goal is that 100% of coffee sourced for McDonald restaurants is sustainably sourced and supports deforestation free supply chains by the end of 2020. Annually we track volumes, origin and certification data from suppliers globally through the TraQtion system to ensure that we continue to meet our commitments and can report transparently on our progress.

In 2022 99.9% of ground and whole bean coffee, including decaffeinated coffee, to be used in espresso-based drinks and coffee brewed at McDonald’s restaurants and all ground and whole bean coffee in McDonald’s branded retail products was sustainably sourced and supported deforestation-free supply chains. We were unable to collect data for 0.1% of our global coffee volumes in 2022 and therefore to be conservative we report these volumes as non-compliant with our goal.

Status 99.9% complete
Target date 2020
Countries targeted Global