Feb. 18 (UPI) -- McDonald's announced Thursday that it will switch up its leadership team over the next 10 years to better reflect American diversity and involve more women in senior roles.
The fast food chain said less than 30% of its leadership roles are presently occupied by women and persons of color.
It aims to increase that share to 35% by 2025 and reach gender parity by the end of the decade.
"No matter where you are in the world, when you interact with McDonald's ... inclusion and equity should be as evident and familiar as the [Golden] Arches themselves," McDonald's said in a statement.
"While we're proud of the steps we've taken to ensure this so far, we know we still have a lot of work to do.
"Change won't happen overnight. But we're not using our size or our structure as an excuse."
McDonald's has faced accusations of racism and sexism in the past.
Last September, 52 Black former franchise owners filed a discrimination suit against the company over claims that they were denied the same benefits given to White owners. Further, dozens of workers have filed sexual harassment complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the TIME's Up Legal Defense Fund filed 20 of those complaints and three separate suits in 2019.
"We will accept nothing less than real, measurable progress," McDonald's Corp. President and CEO Chris Kempczinski wrote in a message via LinkedIn Thursday.
"I remind myself daily that our customers, franchisees, employees, suppliers, and shareholders expect us to make a difference. I know -- we know -- we must go further."