Paper-Based Packaging

Goal: Purchase 100% of paperā€based packaging with fiber from responsibly managed forests and recycled sources by 2020.


Given the large volume of packaging we buy, Yum! is uniquely positioned to provide environmentally preferable packaging to our customers around the globe while also reducing our impact on the environment and our communities. Our ability to serve food safely, quickly and conveniently is largely dependent upon our use of disposable packaging.

Throughout the quick service restaurant industry, the way in which we package food has been consistent with the standardized packaging available. To support our responsible-packaging procurement commitment we depend on our suppliers, manufacturers, converters, distributors and retailers who provide us with paper-packaging. For this reason we have set the following principles that guide our purchasing decisions.

Yum! is committed to making sustainable packaging a priority. In support of this commitment, we have developed a Sustainable Sourcing Policy.

We are working towards measuring our performance against our goal. In 2013 Yum! surveyed our global suppliers and gathered data on all paper-based packaging sourcing to assess our current state. The survey asked questions about recycled and certified fiber content, country of forest fiber origin, fiber species, environmental management systems, and several other parameters.

This survey allowed us to better evaluate our paper-packaging supply base against our responsible paper sourcing policy. Through this process, we gained robust understanding of the forest sources of our paper-packaging. We identified higher risk sources and took action in specific regions to avoid and phase out unwanted sources. We also identified opportunities to accelerate our progress toward more recycled or certified fiber sources.

Transitioning procurement practices is a process that takes time. Our long-term intention is that all wood fiber used in products that we purchase or specify is sourced from well-managed forests that have been certified to credible certification standards and/or are from recycled materials. To ensure that best practice is followed we count on the engagement with our committed suppliers and input from key stakeholders. Last year, we sought input from World Wildlife Fund to our responsible paper-packaging policy and sourcing program strategies and were able to take actions around phasing out or avoiding unwanted fiber sources, progressively increasing credibly certified and recycled content, and establishing robust baselines, internal protocols, measurable regional targets and action plans in sustainable paper-based packaging sourcing.