McDonald’s: Exploiting Charity to Deflect Criticism, Reap Benefits

McDonald’s philanthropic activities have largely been self-serving, allowing the fast-food giant to score massive PR points with limited giving and continued marketing to children, a damning new report reveals.

Authored by public health lawyer and Eat Drink Politics president Michele Simon, in collaboration with Corporate Accountability International and the Small Planet Fund, the report released Tuesday, “Clowning Around with Charity: How McDonald’s Exploits Philanthropy and Targets Children,” puts some common misconceptions about the corporation’s giving—which turns out to be 33 percent less than other leading corporations—to rest.

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Clowning Around with Charity: How McDonald’s Exploits Philanthropy and Targets Children

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