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  • Overall approach
    6/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero-deforestation
      4/6
      "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
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      RBI have committed to "No deforestation of areas of High Conservation Value".
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Beef & Leather; Pulp & Paper

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: not specified
      "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
      No
      0/0
      Does it disclose the percentage of pay at risk?: no

      Which commodities does the committee focus on?: 0
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    27/84
    • Beef
      22/84
      • Commitment Strength
        11/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          11/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            "As part of our forest commitment, we will work with our supply chain partners towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities, including beef, soy and coffee: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
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "As part of our forest commitment, we will work with our supply chain partners towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities, including beef, soy and coffee"
          • Target date
            2027-2030
            0.3/2
            Target date
            2027-2030
            0.3/2
            "As part of our forest commitment, we will work with our supply chain partners towards the following by 2030 or sooner for priority commodities, including beef, soy and coffee"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Compliance with this Code is each Vendor's individual responsibility. It is also the responsibility of Vendors to ensure that their employees, officers, agents and subcontractors (including sub-assembly factories) comply with this Code [...] Discrimination [...] Forced Labour [...] Child Labour [..]. Freedom of association"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • 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/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: Not disclosed
          "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 [...] The right of all impacted communities to provide or withhold free, prior and informed consent".
      • Reporting and Implementation
        5/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable 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) and the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          "We are members of multi-stakeholder roundtables that contribute to the advancement of beef sustainability, including the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) and the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. As an example, we support the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef’s sustainability efforts related to their National Beef Sustainability Assessment & Strategy as well as their Certified Sustainable Beef Framework."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "All Vendors are required to comply with applicable local and national laws and regulations in relation to the protection of the environment. [...] Vendors are expected to maintain appropriate records to demonstrate their compliance with this Code. RBI shall have the right to monitor compliance with this Code, including the right to conduct, or have its designee conduct, unannounced inspections of Vendors' facilities and records, and the right, in connection with such inspections, to conduct interviews of the Vendors’ employees"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          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: 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
    • Palm oil
      33/84
      • Commitment Strength
        13/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "By the end of 2020, all palm oil directly sourced as well as palm oil and palm kernel oil used as an ingredient in our branded products will be from suppliers who can verify sustainable production. Verification through RSPO certified mass balance supply or RSPO certified segregated supply is expected in countries where and when it is commercially available."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            "All palm oil sourced by Restaurant Brands International and branded products with greater than 1% palm oil / palm kernel oil as an ingredient."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "By the end of 2015, all palm oil sourced will support the production of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified sustainable palm oil through the purchase of GreenPalm certificates. By 2020, all palm oil sourced as well as palm oil and palm kernel oil used as an ingredient in our branded products will be from suppliers who can verify sustainable production."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "By the end of 2020, all palm oil directly sourced as well as palm oil and palm kernel oil used as an ingredient in our branded products will be from suppliers who can verify sustainable production. Verification through RSPO certified mass balance supply or RSPO certified segregated supply is expected in countries where and when it is commercially available." ""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 [...] 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 to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            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 [...] 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
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            "All palm oil sourced by Restaurant Brands International and branded products with greater than 1% palm oil / palm kernel oil as an ingredient."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Restaurant Brands International is committed to working together with our suppliers to source palm oil that does not contribute to deforestation nor development on peatlands, and protects both High Conservation Value and High Carbon Stock areas. To demonstrate progress toward this long-term goal, we developed the following milestones: By the end of 2015, all palm oil sourced will support the production of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified sustainable palm oil through the purchase of GreenPalm  certificates. By 2020, all palm oil sourced as well as palm oil and palm kernel oil used as an ingredient in our branded products will be from suppliers who can verify sustainable production."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
            Interim target date
            No
            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 [...] 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 to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Compliance with this Code is each Vendor's individual responsibility. It is also the responsibility of Vendors to ensure that their employees, officers, agents and subcontractors (including sub-assembly factories) comply with this Code [...] Discrimination [...] Forced Labour [...] Child Labour [..]. Freedom of association"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • 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/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: Not disclosed
          "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 [...] The right of all impacted communities to provide or withhold free, prior and informed consent".
      • Reporting and Implementation
        14/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "In 2018, 34% of palm oil directly sourced was from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified sources."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            RBI reported their total usage of palm oil as 41199.0 tonnes in the 2019 RSPO ACOP, of which 18911.0 tonnes was certified.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Certification scheme
            "In 2018, 34% of palm oil directly sourced was from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified sources."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Certification scheme
            RBI reported their total usage of palm oil as 41199.0 tonnes in the 2019 RSPO ACOP, of which 18911.0 tonnes was certified.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • 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
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "All Vendors are required to comply with applicable local and national laws and regulations in relation to the protection of the environment. [...] Vendors are expected to maintain appropriate records to demonstrate their compliance with this Code. RBI shall have the right to monitor compliance with this Code, including the right to conduct, or have its designee conduct, unannounced inspections of Vendors' facilities and records, and the right, in connection with such inspections, to conduct interviews of the Vendors’ employees"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the certified volume?: 18,911.0 tonnes

          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 22,288 tonnes
          RBI reported their total usage of palm oil as 41199.0 tonnes in the 2019 RSPO ACOP, of which 18911.0 tonnes was certified.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          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: 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 type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: require an action plan

          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
          "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
      30/84
      • Commitment Strength
        16/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            "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: No deforestation of primary forests [...] No deforestation of areas of High Conservation Value [...] No development of High Carbon Stock forest areas" "Our commitment is to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources by 2021, for all brands. Burger King and Tim Hortons achieved this goal globally in 2019. Popeyes shares this commitment and is working towards achieving this goal by 2021. In Canada and the United States, all Burger King and Tim Hortons fiber-based packaging vendors are sourcing 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."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "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: No deforestation of primary forests [...] No deforestation of areas of High Conservation Value [...] No development of High Carbon Stock forest areas" "Our commitment is to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources by 2021, for all brands. Burger King and Tim Hortons achieved this goal globally in 2019. Popeyes shares this commitment and is working towards achieving this goal by 2021. In Canada and the United States, all Burger King and Tim Hortons fiber-based packaging vendors are sourcing 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."
          • Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            "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: No deforestation of primary forests [...] No deforestation of areas of High Conservation Value [...] No development of High Carbon Stock forest areas" "Our commitment is to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources by 2021, for all brands. Burger King and Tim Hortons achieved this goal globally in 2019. Popeyes shares this commitment and is working towards achieving this goal by 2021. In Canada and the United States, all Burger King and Tim Hortons fiber-based packaging vendors are sourcing 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."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2021
            "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: No deforestation of primary forests [...] No deforestation of areas of High Conservation Value [...] No development of High Carbon Stock forest areas" "Our commitment is to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources by 2021, for all brands. Burger King and Tim Hortons achieved this goal globally in 2019. Popeyes shares this commitment and is working towards achieving this goal by 2021. In Canada and the United States, all Burger King and Tim Hortons fiber-based packaging vendors are sourcing 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."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          7/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "Our commitment is to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources by 2021, for all brands. Burger King and Tim Hortons achieved this goal globally in 2019. Popeyes shares this commitment and is working towards achieving this goal by 2021." [...] "We aim to minimize the resources and material inputs needed to package our products as well as the overall volume of packaging that needs to be disposed of by guests"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our commitment is to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources by 2021, for all brands. Burger King and Tim Hortons achieved this goal globally in 2019. Popeyes shares this commitment and is working towards achieving this goal by 2021."
          • Target date
            2021
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2021
            1.2/1.3
            "Our commitment is to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources by 2021, for all brands. Burger King and Tim Hortons achieved this goal globally in 2019. Popeyes shares this commitment and is working towards achieving this goal by 2021."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Compliance with this Code is each Vendor's individual responsibility. It is also the responsibility of Vendors to ensure that their employees, officers, agents and subcontractors (including sub-assembly factories) comply with this Code [...] Discrimination [...] Forced Labour [...] Child Labour [..]. Freedom of association"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • 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/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: Not disclosed
          "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 [...] The right of all impacted communities to provide or withhold free, prior and informed consent".
      • Reporting and Implementation
        8/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "Our commitment is to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources by 2021, for all brands. Burger King and Tim Hortons achieved this goal globally in 2019."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            ."Our commitment is to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources by 2021, for all brands. Burger King and Tim Hortons achieved this goal globally in 2019. Popeyes shares this commitment and is working towards achieving this goal 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. A paper cup that contains 30% post-consumer recycled content is also being tested in select Canadian restaurants." [...] "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
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC Certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC Certification
            "Our commitment is to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources by 2021, for all brands. Burger King and Tim Hortons achieved this goal globally in 2019. Popeyes shares this commitment and is working towards achieving this goal by 2021."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • 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
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "All Vendors are required to comply with applicable local and national laws and regulations in relation to the protection of the environment. [...] Vendors are expected to maintain appropriate records to demonstrate their compliance with this Code. RBI shall have the right to monitor compliance with this Code, including the right to conduct, or have its designee conduct, unannounced inspections of Vendors' facilities and records, and the right, in connection with such inspections, to conduct interviews of the Vendors’ employees"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          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: 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 type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: require an action plan

          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
      23/84
      • Commitment Strength
        14/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes

            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS
            "Remain committed to eliminating deforestation from our supply chain by 2030 or sooner. [...] In 2019, Restaurant Brands International joined the Roundtable for Responsible Soy to support the advancement of traceability of soy as animal feed in the industry."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "Remain committed to eliminating deforestation from our supply chain by 2030 or sooner. [...] In 2019, Restaurant Brands International joined the Roundtable for Responsible Soy to support the advancement of traceability of soy as animal feed in the industry."
          • Target date
            2027-2030
            0.3/2
            Target date
            2027-2030
            0.3/2
            "Remain committed to eliminating deforestation from our supply chain by 2030 or sooner. [...] In 2019, Restaurant Brands International joined the Roundtable for Responsible Soy to support the advancement of traceability of soy as animal feed in the industry."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Compliance with this Code is each Vendor's individual responsibility. It is also the responsibility of Vendors to ensure that their employees, officers, agents and subcontractors (including sub-assembly factories) comply with this Code [...] Discrimination [...] Forced Labour [...] Child Labour [..]. Freedom of association"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • 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/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: Not disclosed
          "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 [...] The right of all impacted communities to provide or withhold free, prior and informed consent".
      • Reporting and Implementation
        3/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable 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
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "All Vendors are required to comply with applicable local and national laws and regulations in relation to the protection of the environment. [...] Vendors are expected to maintain appropriate records to demonstrate their compliance with this Code. RBI shall have the right to monitor compliance with this Code, including the right to conduct, or have its designee conduct, unannounced inspections of Vendors' facilities and records, and the right, in connection with such inspections, to conduct interviews of the Vendors’ employees"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          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: 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

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non compliance with the vendor code

          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
  • Commitment strength
    14/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    8/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    6/18
    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

How we assess the Forest 500

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