Paper-Based Packaging

Goal: Purchase 100% of paper‐based packaging with fiber from responsibly managed forests and recycled sources by the end of 2020.

Our ability to serve food safely, quickly and conveniently is largely dependent upon our use of disposable packaging. Given the large volume of packaging we buy, we’re uniquely positioned to provide packaging to our customers around the globe that reduces our impact on the environment.

The way in which we package food has been consistent with the standardized packaging available throughout the quick service restaurant industry for which we depend on our suppliers, manufacturers, converters, distributors and retailers who provide us with paper-packaging. For this reason we have established a sustainable paper-based packaging sourcing policy to guide our purchasing decisions For details of this policy click here.

We are currently working towards measuring our performance against our goal. In 2013, we surveyed our global suppliers and gathered data on all paper-based packaging sourcing to assess our baseline. Every market reported it will achieve the goal on or before 2020. For example, KFC in South Africa has already fully converted to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified packaging. We plan to survey our markets to analyze specific progress against our goal in early 2016. We’re positive that the results of the latest survey will demonstrate the strides that our markets have made since 2013 and verify that they’re on track to meet the 2020 goal.

Transitioning procurement practices is a process that takes time. Our preference is that all wood fiber used in products that we purchase or specify is sourced from sustainably-managed forests that have been certified by credible third-party standards such as FSC and/or are from recycled materials. To help ensure that best practices are followed we count on the engagement of our committed suppliers and input from key stakeholders and trusted NGO partners.