McDonald’s started its global diversity journey by creating the Global Women’s Initiative in 2009. This initiative is active in all of McDonald’s operating areas of the world and is sponsored globally by Don Thompson, McDonald’s CEO. In each part of the world, this initiative supports the recruitment, development, and advancement of women at all levels of the company while creating a culture where women have the opportunity to succeed and grow. In 2011, the Catalyst organization recognized the Global Women’s Initiative as an innovative and systemic means through which women can thrive in the McDonald’s system and awarded the company the prestigious Catalyst Award.
As a result of the global concentration, women’s business networks have been formed and have quickly grown.
Asian, Pacific, Middle East and Africa Women’s Leadership Network