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  • Overall approach
    5/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Zero deforestation/Deforestation-free commitment or, for timber, pulp & paper companies only, commitment to well implemented harvest and no deforestation of HCV & HCS areas
      3/4
      "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain." 
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "According to the UN, more than 1.6 billion people depend on forests for food, water, fuel, medicines, traditional cultures and livelihoods. Forests also support up to 80% of biodiversity on land and play a vital role in safeguarding the climate by naturally capturing and storing carbon. As a company with global operations and a complex supply chain, we acknowledge that we have an important role to play in eliminating deforestation within our industry and promoting sustainable forest management practices in commodity sourcing around the world."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Restaurant Brands International’s (RBI) sustainability steering committee consists of our Chief Corporate Officer, our Chief Marketing Officer, and our Global Head of Supply Chain who are jointly accountable for the sustainability framework and strategy and report to our Chief Executive Officer, who provides oversight. [...] our commitment to good corporate citizenship and sustainability is communicated in our Code of Business Ethics and Conduct for Non-Restaurant Employees and the Restaurant Brands International Code of Business Ethics and Conduct for Vendors " Restaurant Brands International Code of Business Ethics and Conduct for Vendors includes deforestation policy."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2050
      "RBI will collaborate with franchisees and suppliers to pursue science-based targets (SBTs) for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2030. Compared to a 2019 base year, by 2030, RBI aims to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 50%, as well as Scope 3 GHG emissions intensity by 50% per metric ton of food, and per franchise restaurant. This target was approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and based on the SBTi Criteria and Recommendations.In addition, RBI has set a target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner." 
  • Commodity score
    35/88
    • Beef
      32/88
      • Commitment Strength
        12/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. [...] As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging) [...] We concentrate our deforestation-related work on key commodities that are recognized as having greater deforestation risks: beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee and fiber-based packaging." 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. [...] As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging) [...] We concentrate our deforestation-related work on key commodities that are recognized as having greater deforestation risks: beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee and fiber-based packaging." 
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/1
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/1
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. [...] As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging) [...] We concentrate our deforestation-related work on key commodities that are recognized as having greater deforestation risks: beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee and fiber-based packaging." 
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          7/9
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. In particular, we aim to: ... work toward traceability to farm in order to monitor compliance with our deforestation policy." ; "In 2020, we engaged with expert third parties, industry roundtables and suppliers to develop a Deforestation Policy that will support us to achieve our commitment to forests. The policy outlines requirements for both direct and indirect suppliers regarding: compliance (e.g. maintaining accountability via assurance programs), land use management & governance, traceability of commodities to farm origin, and workers’ rights."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. In particular, we aim to: ... work toward traceability to farm in order to monitor compliance with our deforestation policy." ; "In 2020, we engaged with expert third parties, industry roundtables and suppliers to develop a Deforestation Policy that will support us to achieve our commitment to forests. The policy outlines requirements for both direct and indirect suppliers regarding: compliance (e.g. maintaining accountability via assurance programs), land use management & governance, traceability of commodities to farm origin, and workers’ rights."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "Some of the highlights related to working conditions and compliance are as follows:Our Commitment to Human Rights. At RBI, we are committed, very simply, to fundamental human rights for all, and we expect our suppliers to conduct their activities in a manner that respects human rights. We are guided by the principles set out in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work,."  and in the laws and policies of the authorities that prescribe standards for human rights in the many jurisdictions where our Vendors operate. While not exhaustive, the Code provides further information on many of the human rights principles and practices that we expect Vendors to uphold... Forced Labour... Child Labor... Diversity, discrimination and harassment... Freedom of Association.."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          RBI's Code includes: "Our Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment and Equal Employment Policy reinforces the Company’s commitment to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. The Policy makes clear that Restaurant Brands International prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind, whether on the basis of ... sex, ... gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging): ... The right of all impacted communities to provide or withhold free, prior and informed consent."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        8/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?:  Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) 

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          "We participate in the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) and the Roundtable on Responsible Soy, which both work to address deforestation in their respective commodity chains." 
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Our General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer monitors compliance with these Codes and reports any violations to the Board. Furthermore, each of the Code of Ethics for Executive Officers and the Code of Conduct for Directors contemplates that questions or concerns under the Code, as applicable, can be brought directly to the Chairman of the Board." Codes include the Code of Business and Conduct, and applies to suppliers." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified 

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification
          "We are working with our approved suppliers, both through internal engagement and through the CDP’s Supply Chain Forests program, to understand suppliers’ efforts on deforestation and compliance with Restaurant Brands International’s commitment."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "RBI has the right to monitor Vendor Code compliance, including in certain instances conducting, or having its designee conduct, unannounced inspections of vendors’ facilities and records. If RBI determines that a vendor has violated the Vendor Code, RBI may terminate its business relationship with the vendor or require the vendor to implement a corrective action plan"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil
      43/88
      • Commitment Strength
        15/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          5/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. [...] As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging) [...] We concentrate our deforestation-related work on key commodities that are recognized as having greater deforestation risks: beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee and fiber-based packaging." 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. [...] As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging) [...] We concentrate our deforestation-related work on key commodities that are recognized as having greater deforestation risks: beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee and fiber-based packaging." 
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
            Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. [...] As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging) [...] We concentrate our deforestation-related work on key commodities that are recognized as having greater deforestation risks: beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee and fiber-based packaging." 
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging): No deforestation of primary forests, No deforestation of areas of High Conservation Value, No development of High Carbon Stock forest areas, No development on peatlands..." 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging): No deforestation of primary forests, No deforestation of areas of High Conservation Value, No development of High Carbon Stock forest areas, No development on peatlands..." 
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            "As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging): No deforestation of primary forests, No deforestation of areas of High Conservation Value, No development of High Carbon Stock forest areas, No development on peatlands..." 
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/6
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. In particular, we aim to: ... work toward traceability to farm in order to monitor compliance with our deforestation policy." ; "In 2020, we engaged with expert third parties, industry roundtables and suppliers to develop a Deforestation Policy that will support us to achieve our commitment to forests. The policy outlines requirements for both direct and indirect suppliers regarding: compliance (e.g. maintaining accountability via assurance programs), land use management & governance, traceability of commodities to farm origin, and workers’ rights."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. In particular, we aim to: ... work toward traceability to farm in order to monitor compliance with our deforestation policy." ; "In 2020, we engaged with expert third parties, industry roundtables and suppliers to develop a Deforestation Policy that will support us to achieve our commitment to forests. The policy outlines requirements for both direct and indirect suppliers regarding: compliance (e.g. maintaining accountability via assurance programs), land use management & governance, traceability of commodities to farm origin, and workers’ rights."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Some of the highlights related to working conditions and compliance are as follows:Our Commitment to Human Rights. At RBI, we are committed, very simply, to fundamental human rights for all, and we expect our suppliers to conduct their activities in a manner that respects human rights. We are guided by the principles set out in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work,."  and in the laws and policies of the authorities that prescribe standards for human rights in the many jurisdictions where our Vendors operate. While not exhaustive, the Code provides further information on many of the human rights principles and practices that we expect Vendors to uphold... Forced Labour... Child Labor... Diversity, discrimination and harassment... Freedom of Association.."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          RBI's Code includes: "Our Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment and Equal Employment Policy reinforces the Company’s commitment to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. The Policy makes clear that Restaurant Brands International prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind, whether on the basis of ... sex, ... gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging): ... The right of all impacted communities to provide or withhold free, prior and informed consent."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        19/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            [translation] "In 2020, 78% of palm oil volumes had RSPO certification of the "mass balance" type or a better certification."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            97151 tonnes of palm oil was reported in the 2020 RSPO ACOP, of which 100% was RSPO certified. 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Certification scheme

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            [translation] "In 2020, 78% of palm oil volumes had RSPO certification of the "mass balance" type or a better certification."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            97151 tonnes of palm oil was reported in the 2020 RSPO ACOP, of which 100% was RSPO certified. 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 97151 tonnes
          97151 tonnes of palm oil was reported, of which 100% was RSPO certified. 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

          What is the certified volume?: 97151 tonnes

          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO
          97151 tonnes of palm oil was reported, of which 100% was RSPO certified. 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Our General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer monitors compliance with these Codes and reports any violations to the Board. Furthermore, each of the Code of Ethics for Executive Officers and the Code of Conduct for Directors contemplates that questions or concerns under the Code, as applicable, can be brought directly to the Chairman of the Board." Codes include the Code of Business and Conduct, and applies to suppliers." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification
          "We are working with our approved suppliers, both through internal engagement and through the CDP’s Supply Chain Forests program, to understand suppliers’ efforts on deforestation and compliance with Restaurant Brands International’s commitment."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non compliance with the vendor code

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Require an action plan
          "RBI has the right to monitor Vendor Code compliance, including in certain instances conducting, or having its designee conduct, unannounced inspections of vendors’ facilities and records. If RBI determines that a vendor has violated the Vendor Code, RBI may terminate its business relationship with the vendor or require the vendor to implement a corrective action plan"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      33/88
      • Commitment Strength
        15/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. [...] As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging) [...] We concentrate our deforestation-related work on key commodities that are recognized as having greater deforestation risks: beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee and fiber-based packaging." 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. [...] As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging) [...] We concentrate our deforestation-related work on key commodities that are recognized as having greater deforestation risks: beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee and fiber-based packaging." 
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. [...] As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging) [...] We concentrate our deforestation-related work on key commodities that are recognized as having greater deforestation risks: beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee and fiber-based packaging." 
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2025
            "By 2025, 100% of approved guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled or certified sources." 
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "Burger King and Tim Hortons require vendors to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources, globally. Popeyes is working towards implementing this requirement globally by 2021.In Canada and the United States, all Burger King and Tim Hortons fiber-based packaging vendors are required to source board and/or paper from paper mills certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council, or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, ensuring that the fiber-based packaging we use in our restaurants is sourced from certified sustainably-managed forests." ; "New napkins will be used across Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada and the United States that use 25% less material than before, saving an estimated 900 tonnes of paper in the next year. The napkins are made of 100% recycled fiber, including 90% post-consumer content."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "Burger King and Tim Hortons require vendors to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources, globally. Popeyes is working towards implementing this requirement globally by 2021.In Canada and the United States, all Burger King and Tim Hortons fiber-based packaging vendors are required to source board and/or paper from paper mills certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council, or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, ensuring that the fiber-based packaging we use in our restaurants is sourced from certified sustainably-managed forests." ; "New napkins will be used across Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada and the United States that use 25% less material than before, saving an estimated 900 tonnes of paper in the next year. The napkins are made of 100% recycled fiber, including 90% post-consumer content."
          • Target date
            2021
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            2021
            0.7/0.7
            "Burger King and Tim Hortons require vendors to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources, globally. Popeyes is working towards implementing this requirement globally by 2021.In Canada and the United States, all Burger King and Tim Hortons fiber-based packaging vendors are required to source board and/or paper from paper mills certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council, or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, ensuring that the fiber-based packaging we use in our restaurants is sourced from certified sustainably-managed forests." ; "New napkins will be used across Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada and the United States that use 25% less material than before, saving an estimated 900 tonnes of paper in the next year. The napkins are made of 100% recycled fiber, including 90% post-consumer content."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Burger King and Tim Hortons require vendors to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources, globally. Popeyes is working towards implementing this requirement globally by 2021.In Canada and the United States, all Burger King and Tim Hortons fiber-based packaging vendors are required to source board and/or paper from paper mills certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council, or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, ensuring that the fiber-based packaging we use in our restaurants is sourced from certified sustainably-managed forests." ; "New napkins will be used across Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada and the United States that use 25% less material than before, saving an estimated 900 tonnes of paper in the next year. The napkins are made of 100% recycled fiber, including 90% post-consumer content."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/6
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. In particular, we aim to: ... work toward traceability to farm in order to monitor compliance with our deforestation policy." ; "In 2020, we engaged with expert third parties, industry roundtables and suppliers to develop a Deforestation Policy that will support us to achieve our commitment to forests. The policy outlines requirements for both direct and indirect suppliers regarding: compliance (e.g. maintaining accountability via assurance programs), land use management & governance, traceability of commodities to farm origin, and workers’ rights."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. In particular, we aim to: ... work toward traceability to farm in order to monitor compliance with our deforestation policy." ; "In 2020, we engaged with expert third parties, industry roundtables and suppliers to develop a Deforestation Policy that will support us to achieve our commitment to forests. The policy outlines requirements for both direct and indirect suppliers regarding: compliance (e.g. maintaining accountability via assurance programs), land use management & governance, traceability of commodities to farm origin, and workers’ rights."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Some of the highlights related to working conditions and compliance are as follows:Our Commitment to Human Rights. At RBI, we are committed, very simply, to fundamental human rights for all, and we expect our suppliers to conduct their activities in a manner that respects human rights. We are guided by the principles set out in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work,."  and in the laws and policies of the authorities that prescribe standards for human rights in the many jurisdictions where our Vendors operate. While not exhaustive, the Code provides further information on many of the human rights principles and practices that we expect Vendors to uphold... Forced Labour... Child Labor... Diversity, discrimination and harassment... Freedom of Association.."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          RBI's Code includes: "Our Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment and Equal Employment Policy reinforces the Company’s commitment to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. The Policy makes clear that Restaurant Brands International prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind, whether on the basis of ... sex, ... gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging): ... The right of all impacted communities to provide or withhold free, prior and informed consent."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            "Burger King and Tim Hortons require vendors to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources, globally. Popeyes is working towards implementing this requirement globally by 2021. [...] Tim Hortons increased the recycled content of their paper takeaway bags, so that multi-item paper bags in Canada and the US are now made of 100% recycled fiber.[...] New napkins will be used across Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada and the United States that use 25% less material than before, saving an estimated 900 tonnes of paper in the next year. The napkins are made of 100% recycled fiber, including 90% post-consumer content." 
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            "Burger King and Tim Hortons require vendors to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources, globally. Popeyes is working towards implementing this requirement globally by 2021.In Canada and the United States, all Burger King and Tim Hortons fiber-based packaging vendors are required to source board and/or paper from paper mills certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council, or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, ensuring that the fiber-based packaging we use in our restaurants is sourced from certified sustainably-managed forests." ; "New napkins will be used across Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada and the United States that use 25% less material than before, saving an estimated 900 tonnes of paper in the next year. The napkins are made of 100% recycled fiber, including 90% post-consumer content."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC, PEFC, SFI

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC, PEFC, SFI
            "Burger King and Tim Hortons require vendors to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources, globally. Popeyes is working towards implementing this requirement globally by 2021.In Canada and the United States, all Burger King and Tim Hortons fiber-based packaging vendors are required to source board and/or paper from paper mills certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council, or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, ensuring that the fiber-based packaging we use in our restaurants is sourced from certified sustainably-managed forests." ; "New napkins will be used across Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada and the United States that use 25% less material than before, saving an estimated 900 tonnes of paper in the next year. The napkins are made of 100% recycled fiber, including 90% post-consumer content."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Our General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer monitors compliance with these Codes and reports any violations to the Board. Furthermore, each of the Code of Ethics for Executive Officers and the Code of Conduct for Directors contemplates that questions or concerns under the Code, as applicable, can be brought directly to the Chairman of the Board." Codes include the Code of Business and Conduct, and applies to suppliers." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification
          "We are working with our approved suppliers, both through internal engagement and through the CDP’s Supply Chain Forests program, to understand suppliers’ efforts on deforestation and compliance with Restaurant Brands International’s commitment."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "RBI has the right to monitor Vendor Code compliance, including in certain instances conducting, or having its designee conduct, unannounced inspections of vendors’ facilities and records. If RBI determines that a vendor has violated the Vendor Code, RBI may terminate its business relationship with the vendor or require the vendor to implement a corrective action plan"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      30/88
      • Commitment Strength
        12/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. [...] As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging) [...] We concentrate our deforestation-related work on key commodities that are recognized as having greater deforestation risks: beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee and fiber-based packaging." 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. [...] As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging) [...] We concentrate our deforestation-related work on key commodities that are recognized as having greater deforestation risks: beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee and fiber-based packaging." 
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/1
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/1
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. [...] As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging) [...] We concentrate our deforestation-related work on key commodities that are recognized as having greater deforestation risks: beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee and fiber-based packaging." 
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          7/9
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. In particular, we aim to: ... work toward traceability to farm in order to monitor compliance with our deforestation policy." ; "In 2020, we engaged with expert third parties, industry roundtables and suppliers to develop a Deforestation Policy that will support us to achieve our commitment to forests. The policy outlines requirements for both direct and indirect suppliers regarding: compliance (e.g. maintaining accountability via assurance programs), land use management & governance, traceability of commodities to farm origin, and workers’ rights."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "At Restaurant Brands International, our goal is to eliminate deforestation within our global supply chain. In particular, we aim to: ... work toward traceability to farm in order to monitor compliance with our deforestation policy." ; "In 2020, we engaged with expert third parties, industry roundtables and suppliers to develop a Deforestation Policy that will support us to achieve our commitment to forests. The policy outlines requirements for both direct and indirect suppliers regarding: compliance (e.g. maintaining accountability via assurance programs), land use management & governance, traceability of commodities to farm origin, and workers’ rights."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "Some of the highlights related to working conditions and compliance are as follows:Our Commitment to Human Rights. At RBI, we are committed, very simply, to fundamental human rights for all, and we expect our suppliers to conduct their activities in a manner that respects human rights. We are guided by the principles set out in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work,."  and in the laws and policies of the authorities that prescribe standards for human rights in the many jurisdictions where our Vendors operate. While not exhaustive, the Code provides further information on many of the human rights principles and practices that we expect Vendors to uphold... Forced Labour... Child Labor... Diversity, discrimination and harassment... Freedom of Association.."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          RBI's Code includes: "Our Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment and Equal Employment Policy reinforces the Company’s commitment to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. The Policy makes clear that Restaurant Brands International prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind, whether on the basis of ... sex, ... gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          As part of our forest commitment, we are working with our approved supply chain suppliers and franchisees towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities (including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee, fiber-based packaging): ... The right of all impacted communities to provide or withhold free, prior and informed consent."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Our General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer monitors compliance with these Codes and reports any violations to the Board. Furthermore, each of the Code of Ethics for Executive Officers and the Code of Conduct for Directors contemplates that questions or concerns under the Code, as applicable, can be brought directly to the Chairman of the Board." Codes include the Code of Business and Conduct, and applies to suppliers." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified 
          "We are working with our approved suppliers, both through internal engagement and through the CDP’s Supply Chain Forests program, to understand suppliers’ efforts on deforestation and compliance with Restaurant Brands International’s commitment."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "RBI has the right to monitor Vendor Code compliance, including in certain instances conducting, or having its designee conduct, unannounced inspections of vendors’ facilities and records. If RBI determines that a vendor has violated the Vendor Code, RBI may terminate its business relationship with the vendor or require the vendor to implement a corrective action plan"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    14/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    10/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    9/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Restaurant Brands International, created in 2014 after a merger of the two famous brands Burger King and Tim Hortons, is one of the world’s largest fast food companies. With its two brands, the company operates 19,000 restaurants in almost 100 countries. It is one of the top fast food companies in Europe, the US and in the world. The varied menu of both chains expose them to a range of forest risk commodities. Restaurant Brands International is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy, beef and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Fast food
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
Canada
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Burger King, Tim Hortons, Popeyes

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