Asserts the Board’s Hollow ESG Efforts are Undermining McDonald’s Credibility With Stakeholders and Putting Shareholder Value at Risk
Outlines Nominees' Vision for Helping Implement a Credible ESG Agenda That Includes Animal Welfare, Supply Chain and Sustainability Best Practices
Carl C. Icahn, who collectively with his affiliates is an engaged shareholder of McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) (“McDonald's” or the “Company”), today issued a comprehensive presentation that details the urgent case for adding individuals with environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) expertise to the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”). As a reminder, Mr. Icahn has nominated two highly qualified and independent ESG experts – Maisie Ganzler and Leslie Samuelrich – for election at the Company's 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
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