February 19, 2010

Washington, D.C. – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) donated $10,000 on behalf of the fertilizer industry to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) during its annual Fertilizer Marketing Business Meeting. McDonald’s Corporation’s Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility Bob Langert was on hand at the conference to participate in the Institute’s Distinguished Lecture Series and accepted the donation to McDonald’s Corporation’s charity of choice, RMHC.

“Bob provided the industry with important insight into his organization’s efforts to promote a multifaceted approach to sustainability that focuses on social, economic and environmental objectives. He shared McDonald’s belief in the power of the community to transform the world, and the strength of giving back to the community where its restaurants exist,” said TFI President Ford B. West. “It is an honor to be able to learn about the organization’s strategies, as well as contribute to its activities and efforts through this donation.”

Since 1974, McDonald’s has continued to strengthen its support of RMHC through various means originating in all parts of the McDonald’s system. The corporation provides free use of facilities, equipment, materials and a portion of general and administrative costs for the global office of RMHC. McDonald’s franchisees, restaurant and regional staff members and suppliers provide additional funding and volunteer support, and customers also support RMHC through a variety of fundraising events and programs, including donations in RMHC Donation Boxes and McDonald’s McHappy Day® – a global fundraiser that takes place each November.

About the Fertilizer Institute

The Fertilizer Institute represents the nation’s fertilizer industry. Producers, wholesalers, retailers and trading firms which comprise its membership are served by a full time Washington, D.C., staff in various legislative, educational and technical areas as well as with information and public relations programs.