Sustainable Paper Packaging

Sustainable Paper-Based Packaging

Goal: Purchase paper-based packaging with fiber from responsibly managed forests and recycled sources.

Progress: In Progress

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. Understanding and addressing our packaging impact on the environment and working closely with our suppliers is vital for the long-term sustainability of our business.

Yum! is committed to making sustainable packaging a priority. In support of this commitment, we have developed the following Sustainable Sourcing and Waste Recovery Principles:

Over a 6-month period 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, 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 a better understanding of the forest sources of our fiber. We identified higher risk sources and are taking 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.

As a result of having this more robust baseline data, we are collaborating with outside experts to further refine our procurement policy, to strengthen our internal procedures for bringing on board new suppliers and engaging with current suppliers, and developing public targets and reporting systems to achieve these goals.