Former McDonald’s CEO Sets Up Group To Fight Woke Corporations


A former McDonald’s CEO credited with inventing the McNugget is now leading the charge against corporations that implement woke policies.

Ed Rensi, who served as the CEO of McDonalds from 1991 to 1997, is partnering with conservative advocacy groups to form The Boardroom Initiative, FOX News has reported.

Its goal is to protect share holders and employees of publicly traded companies from ‘woke’ policies, which the group says imperil profits and thus betray the very shareholders who pay corporation staffs’ wages.

The Boardroom Initiative also aims to counter left-wing groups’ decision to buy up stocks in the businesses until they raise enough clout to lobby the board to adopt woke policies on issues including gender and race.

The Free Enterprise Project, an existing body which has joined forces with The Boardroom Initiative, has laid out a blueprint to tackle woke overreach.

Its members have bought 2,000 Bank of America shares – enough to formally propose a motion at the next shareholder meeting. They will now demand the firm undertake a civil rights audit to try and stop staff pushing critical race theory-inspired ‘equity’ training on staff at its upcoming meeting.

Companies have been urged in recent years to adopt more liberal policies so they could raise more money from groups like money management firms like BlackRock, which look at a company’s ‘environmental, social and governance’ factors.

Many now regularly issue statements on issues including police brutality and transgender treatments for children.  Blue-chip firms which have pushed critical race theory-inspired training on staff include American Express and Disney

But Rensi says that woke obsessions are hitting firms’ bottom lines, meaning they’re failing in their duty to shareholders.

‘Corporations have no business being on the right or the left because they represent everybody there and their sole job is to build equity for their investors,’ Rensi, 78, said.

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He noted that he does not consider himself politically active, but wants to act in the best interest of the share holders – who he believe are being negatively affected as companies implement more woke policies.

‘It is not the providence of board members or executives that take shareholder money profit and spend it on social matters,’ said Rensi, who has also served on the boards for Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, Great Wolf Resorts and Snap-on Inc.

He is joined in his efforts by Home Depot cofounder Bernie Marcus, who founded the Job Creators Network, as well as conservative groups The Free Enterprise Group and Second Vote.

The Boardroom Initiative has already set its sights on Bank of America, with its member The Free Enterprise Group already buying out nearly 2,000 shares of the banking giant.

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They plan to use that clout at the company’s annual meeting next week to call for a civil rights audit of the racial equity policies at the company to ensure no race or gender groups are being excluded in the name of equity or antiracism, according to FOX.

The bank has previously found itself under fire for allegedly training its employees on critical race theory – which states that racism is a social construct that has been embedded in American legal systems and policies.

Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow and director of the initative on critical race theory at the conservative Manhattan Institute, had claimed last year that Bank of America’s Market President in Charlotte, North Carolina promoted the theory, which critics claim promotes racism by categorizing people into ‘oppressors’ and the ‘oppressed.’

He said that the market president had created a new initiative called United in Action, in partnership with United Way of Central Carolinas, which he claimed promoted putting ‘marginalized’ staff over ‘privileged’ staff, and teaching them to ‘decolonize their minds.’

Bank officials have since said that the program was run independently of the company, and is not a part of their employee training.

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