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McDonald’s Urged to Assess Civil-Rights Impact in Race Audit (1)

Nov. 22, 2021, 8:09 PM

An adviser to union pension funds is calling on McDonald’s Corp. to analyze how its policies are contributing to social and economic inequality.

The restaurant chain should oversee a third-party audit that takes input from franchisees, corporate employees, suppliers and customers, SOC Investment Group recommends in a shareholder proposal sent Monday to McDonald’s board. While McDonald’s already reports diversity data for corporate staff and company-owned stores, that excludes an estimated 660,000 U.S. franchise workers, making it unclear how the company is addressing racial inequality, according to the proposal, which was seen by Bloomberg News.

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