Assistant Director, Global Sustainability
Jessica Marshall is a Sustainability Manager for McDonald’s Corporation. In her role, Jess is the Sustainability lead for Packaging, Waste and Recycling. She is managing the execution of McDonald’s public packaging & waste goals for the US restaurants, as well as other circularity efforts in both the front and back of house. She has been the McDonald’s lead for the work with the NextGen Consortium since inception.
Jess joined McDonald’s in 2012 and spent the next four years in the Indirect Procurement department. She joined the Sustainability team in 2016 and spent the first two years initiating and executing energy efficiency measures in the US restaurants before moving into her current role.
In her spare time, Jess enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her husband Mike, their son Jack and their dog Tucker – especially if it is on a patio during a beautiful Chicago summer.
Why do you want to serve on the Executive Committee?
McDonald’s has been benefiting from SPC membership since 2005. Improving the sustainability of our packaging and moving toward a circular economy are top priorities for our business. We are working towards our public goals, that include sourcing and recovery, while meeting customer expectations of convenience, safety and sustainability. We know we can’t successfully address these challenges alone. We have a strong culture of engaging with the wider business community, expert NGO partners, political stakeholders and academia, as well as our Franchisees, suppliers, customers and our restaurant crew, to help drive change at scale. I would like to be part of the Executive Committee to advocate for proactive solutions, resources and member engagement that will drive the circular future that McDonald’s and many SPC member companies are aiming for. For example, as a member who actively uses the H2R logo I would like to see increased adoption of the logo both with SPC members and other brands, as well as increased consumer and stakeholder awareness.
What do you think you would contribute as an Executive Committee representative?
I would provide the perspective of a large, multinational brand and retailer that has very aggressive public goals and strong public presence. I am interested in not only how we as an industry develop solutions that drive circularity, but also how we make it real in the world, in a way that engages people. Many organizations are in a similar place. For example, we have developed a great tool and resource in H2R, but general awareness remains low. I want to focus on increasing awareness of H2R, and to ensure that the H2R logo is as effective as it can be to support packaging recovery. We need customers’ participation to get this valuable material back into supply chains. We can push it even further.