Remarks at the 20th Anniversary Event of McDonald’s in Russia
by Ambassador John Beyrle - Barvikha Luxury Village, Moscow - February 1, 2010
I am very pleased to be here this evening as we honor one of the most successful and iconic of American companies and celebrate its 20 years of success in Russia. Since first opening on Pushkin Square in 1990, McDonald’s has served as an inspiring example of American investment in Russia.
McDonald’s exceptional success in Russia has benefited people and communities in both our countries by creating jobs and contributing to economic development. McDonald’s employs more than 25,000 people in Russia and each new restaurant creates about 100 new jobs in the local economy. Furthermore, McDonald’s has deployed its impressive localization policy in Russia, building up an extensive chain of 130 Russian suppliers, and now sources 80% of its products locally.
McDonald’s has also been an outstanding corporate citizen in Russia, having contributed more than 330 million rubles to charitable organizations. The Ronald McDonald Center currently serves over 400 children with special needs each week in Moscow. McDonald’s also provides special attention to children undergoing long term medical care in Russia’s regional hospitals, and has served more than 34,000 children and their families to date.
I want to acknowledge the invaluable support of the governments of Russia, Moscow and the many regions in which McDonald’s operates, without whose contributions, the development of McDonald’s Russia would not have been possible. Again, let me express my sincere congratulations to McDonald’s and all of its employees on the happy occasion of its 20th anniversary in Russia. Thank you.