Sustainability consultant Robert Kuhn of Kuhn Associates LLC is quoted in an article on GreenBiz.com praising the Oak Brook, IL-based company’s efforts in recent years to better manage their environmental footprint.
Citing recent McDonald’s initiatives such as the re-use of air conditioning condensation to the repurposing of old advertisements as tote bags, Kuhn notes, “They’re clearly trying to gather data on their environmental impact and that’s a good thing, because that’s where it starts.”
But McDonald’s faces an uphill battle when it comes to forging a sustainable supply chain, and Kuhn is aware of the unique challenges the company faces.
“The challenge is that the company has a huge footprint,” He says. “They’re operating in different countries that have different cultures. That’s not the easiest thing in the world to deal with. And there may be areas of the business that, because of the franchise model, they may not have complete control of”