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  • Overall approach
    8/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero-deforestation
      4/6
      Commodities (if applicable): 0
      "Yum! Brands is committed to eliminating deforestation in our global supply chains. Our commitments to deforestation have grown over time and are focused around four primary supply chains: Palm, Paper, Beef and Soy. Achieving success in eliminating deforestation will require us to work with our suppliers on the critical components outlined in this policy"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: New York Declaration on Forests
      Company is a signatory to the New York Declaration on Forests
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      Yum! commit to "no conversion of high conservation value forests" for their paper sourcing.
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Reputational
      In the in 2019 CDP Forests report, Yum! Brands Inc. state that "Because of the sensitive and controversial nature of forest-based commodities, we are exposed to inherent reputational risks such as negative media coverage, consumer market campaigns, community opposition, and land tenure changes and disputes."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Annually

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Beef & Leather; Pulp & Paper
      "The Vice President of Global Citizenship and Sustainability is responsible for leading the execution of the Yum! sustainability strategy, including forests-related issues. Performance of the corporation is factored into incentives."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
      Yes for all commodities
      0/0
      Does it disclose the percentage of pay at risk?: No

      Which commodities does the committee focus on?: Palm oil; Soy; Beef & Leather; Pulp & Paper
      "The Vice President of Global Citizenship and Sustainability is responsible for leading the execution of the Yum! sustainability strategy, including forests-related issues. Performance of the corporation is factored into incentives. Forests-related goals are delegated to the appropriate business management units/divisions and teams within those business management units/divisions. Performance against these goals impact overall performance scores and compensation adjustments for employees who are accountable for the achievement of our goals. Monetary rewards (such as incentives) are distributed based on company performance and are awarded once we achieve our forests-related commitments and targets"
    • 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
    33/84
    • Beef
      24/84
      • Commitment Strength
        14/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            "We believe that endorsing the NYDF is an important step forward and we look forward to helping to meet the global private sector goal of eliminating deforestation from the production of agriculture commodities such as palm oil, soy, paper and beef products no later than 2020" "Based on the results of the 2019 survey, beef sourced from countries of low deforestation risk represents 92.32% of our total beef volume"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "We believe that endorsing the NYDF is an important step forward and we look forward to helping to meet the global private sector goal of eliminating deforestation from the production of agriculture commodities such as palm oil, soy, paper and beef products no later than 2020" "Based on the results of the 2019 survey, beef sourced from countries of low deforestation risk represents 92.32% of our total beef volume"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "We believe that endorsing the NYDF is an important step forward and we look forward to helping to meet the global private sector goal of eliminating deforestation from the production of agriculture commodities such as palm oil, soy, paper and beef products no later than 2020"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            "We believe that endorsing the NYDF is an important step forward and we look forward to helping to meet the global private sector goal of eliminating deforestation from the production of agriculture commodities such as palm oil, soy, paper and beef products no later than 2020"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company - traces to Tier 1 supplier - no compliance check
            0/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company - traces to Tier 1 supplier - no compliance check
            0/5.3
            "As we are a large, decentralized company with numerous beef suppliers globally, we have multiple systems that enable traceability of our commodities. Our supply chain management and quality assurance processes include traceability of our product ingredients and suppliers’ incoming raw materials. We conduct food safety and quality systems audits to verify suppliers’ traceability information. We issued a global survey for Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, through our brands, requesting that all suppliers report on beef products. Based on reported results, we estimate that approximately 99% of our beef comes from origins of lower deforestation risk [...] The reported results reflect data gaps that are due to factors including geographic area and supplier limitations. Please note that this is our first year reporting this commodity and as such, we look forward to improving our ability to gather and report on this information in the future."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            0/3
          • Target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • 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
          Yum! Brands require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Suppliers must not discriminate with regard to hiring and employment practices, including salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement on the basis of race, religion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, political affiliation, disability, or physical impairment or handicap."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        5/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually
          "This helps us identify potential deforestation risk relating to meeting our goal of 100% sustainable sourcing by the end of 2020. In addition, in 2018 we completed a long-term Supply Chain Sustainability Risk Assessment with WWF to identify and prioritize the environmental and social risks attributed to key commodities, including forest risks commodities. We continued work in 2019 with WWF by conducting a landscape analysis for Brazil Tools, methods, and data sources referenced for biodiversity and forest risk include: WWF’s Global 200 priority ecoregions, Ramsar Sites, World Database on Protected Areas, and Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) sites"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 190,560 MT
          Yum! reports a total of 190,560 metric tonnes within their supply chain - "We issued a global survey for our entire business, through our brands requesting that all suppliers report beef used for in our restaurants in 2019. Over 93% of our beef is used by Taco Bell. KFC does not use a material amount of beef. For restaurants that were not represented by the survey results, we added an estimate of consumption based on a per restaurant average from reporting restaurants. This methodology provides the means to ensure full representation. Therefore, we are disclosing an estimate of our full consumption data using our partial actual data received in response to our survey."
        • 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

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: annually
          "As part of our annual sustainability survey, we request all beef suppliers [...] to state if are in compliance with the Brazilian Forest Code and request the monitoring approach and key performance indicators for any supplier that designates Brazil as a country of origin [...] In 2019, our first year of requesting this information from suppliers, limited quantities of data were returned in this area and as such we will continue to work with suppliers to better enhance reporting. Supplier responses to the survey are indications, but not assurance, of legal compliance."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "Procedures to address and resolve non-compliance with suppliers - Developing time-bound targets and milestones to bring suppliers back into compliance Providing information on appropriate actions that can be taken to address non-compliance Assessing the efficacy and efforts of non-compliant supplier actions through consistent and quantified metrics Re-integrating suppliers back into supply chain based on the successful and verifiable completion of activities"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil
      46/84
      • Commitment Strength
        22/28
        • 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
            "In 2015 we established our sustainable palm oil sourcing policy and goal of sourcing 100% of our palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources by the end of 2018. As of 2019, we are sourcing our palm oil supply for cooking from sustainable sources (RSPO Certified)."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "In 2015 we established our sustainable palm oil sourcing policy and goal of sourcing 100% of our palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources by the end of 2018. As of 2019, we are sourcing our palm oil supply for cooking from sustainable sources (RSPO Certified)."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "In 2015 we established our sustainable palm oil sourcing policy and goal of sourcing 100% of our palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources by the end of 2018. As of 2019, we are sourcing our palm oil supply for cooking from sustainable sources (RSPO Certified)."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "In 2015 we established our sustainable palm oil sourcing policy and goal of sourcing 100% of our palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources by the end of 2018. As of 2019, we are sourcing our palm oil supply for cooking from sustainable sources (RSPO Certified)."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "In 2015 we established our sustainable palm oil sourcing policy and goal of sourcing 100% of our palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources by the end of 2018. As of 2019, we are sourcing our palm oil supply for cooking from sustainable sources (RSPO Certified)."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "In 2015 we established our sustainable palm oil sourcing policy and goal of sourcing 100% of our palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources by the end of 2018. As of 2019, we are sourcing our palm oil supply for cooking from sustainable sources (RSPO Certified)."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company - traces to Processing Facility - checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company - traces to Processing Facility - checks compliance
            4/4
            "we will source palm oil only from suppliers whose operations meet the following principles [...] Traceability to the extraction mill and validation of fresh fruit bunches.".
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "we will source palm oil only from suppliers whose operations meet the following principles [...] Traceability to the extraction mill and validation of fresh fruit bunches.".
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "we will source palm oil only from suppliers whose operations meet the following principles [...] Traceability to the extraction mill and validation of fresh fruit bunches.".
          • 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)?: Current
            "we will source palm oil only from suppliers whose operations meet the following principles [...] Traceability to the extraction mill and validation of fresh fruit bunches.".
      • Social Considerations
        7/18
        • 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
          Yum! Brands require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Suppliers must not discriminate with regard to hiring and employment practices, including salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement on the basis of race, religion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, political affiliation, disability, or physical impairment or handicap."
        • 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
          Yum! Brand's criteria for palm sourcing requires "Secure Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of indigenous people and local communities".
      • Reporting and Implementation
        17/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our public policy states that we will give preference to palm oil suppliers who are certified by RSPO, as well only source palm oil from suppliers who meet our six principles of our Palm Oil Policy. We issued a global survey for our entire business, through our brands, requesting that all suppliers report on palm oil used for cooking purposes in our restaurants in 2019. The responses we received represent an estimated 99% of our global store count of over 50,000 restaurants. Non-represented restaurants were estimated and included. Based on reported data and our purchase of RSPO Book and Claim certificates, an estimated 100% of the procured palm oil volume came from 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
            "Our public policy states that we will give preference to palm oil suppliers who are certified by RSPO, as well only source palm oil from suppliers who meet our six principles of our Palm Oil Policy. We issued a global survey for our entire business, through our brands, requesting that all suppliers report on palm oil used for cooking purposes in our restaurants in 2019. The responses we received represent an estimated 99% of our global store count of over 50,000 restaurants. Non-represented restaurants were estimated and included. Based on reported data and our purchase of RSPO Book and Claim certificates, an estimated 100% of the procured palm oil volume came from RSPO-certified sources."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            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
            "Based on our survey results, the analysis showed that based on our certified volumes, an estimated 94% of our total palm oil consumption could be traceable to the mill-level in 2019."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • 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 tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO
            RSPO certifed
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Jurisdictional Working Group (for RSPO)

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          Yum! Brands is a member of the RSPO and promotes the use of certified sustainable palm oil by continuing to report progress toward meeting our goal and discussing the importance of sustainable palm oil in combatting deforestation and GHG emissions. We also engage with the RSPO, including through participation in the Jurisdictional Working Group, in support of market transformation.
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually
          "This helps us identify potential deforestation risk relating to meeting our goal of 100% sustainable sourcing by the end of 2020. In addition, in 2018 we completed a long-term Supply Chain Sustainability Risk Assessment with WWF to identify and prioritize the environmental and social risks attributed to key commodities, including forest risks commodities. We continued work in 2019 with WWF by conducting a landscape analysis for Brazil Tools, methods, and data sources referenced for biodiversity and forest risk include: WWF’s Global 200 priority ecoregions, Ramsar Sites, World Database on Protected Areas, and Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) sites"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • 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?: 179899 tonnes

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 0 tonnes

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
          Yum! reported a total of 179899 tonnes of palm oil in their 2020 report. 100% of which is RSPO certified
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report indirect suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report indirect suppliers
          2/4
          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: no

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Various
          Yum provides links through to the following supplier websites which list the relevant mills etc. - "In line with our continued commitment to transparency, Yum!’s crude palm oil (CPO) mill list is available as a part of our CDP filing. In addition, for our disclosed suppliers, the following companies are all members of the RSPO and offer publicly available traceability programs for palm oil refineries and CPO mills: • Wilmar • Sime Darby • Cargill • CPI • KLK • Apical"
        • 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?: Annually

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          In 2019, we attempted to engage with nearly 100% of our direct suppliers, with varying levels of engagement to improve capacity to supply sustainable palm oil, and procurement to meet our commitment to source 100% of the product used for cooking from responsible and sustainable sources. Our primary engagement approach is our annual survey (supplier questionnaires). In particular, we focused on suppliers in markets requiring additional time to transition their supply.
        • 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?: education

          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 either certification or the code of conduct
          "We have worked with key franchisees to achieve results and have also worked to educate suppliers and when necessary remove them from our supply chain. [...] In addition to adhering to this certification, we reserve the right to address suppliers not conforming to our policy with evidence of bad behavior. We have taken action in the past as Indofood has been removed from the Yum! system as an approved supplier. Yum! supply chain leaders are responsible for evaluating the severity of non-compliance, developing corrective action plans and if necessary, removal of suppliers from the system in consultation with other functions and partners."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (excluded)
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (excluded)
          1/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: no
          Yum! mentions the removal of one supplier in their CDP reporting - "We have taken action in the past as Indofood has been removed from the Yum! system as an approved supplier. Yum! supply chain leaders are responsible for evaluating the severity of non-compliance, developing corrective action plans and if necessary, removal of suppliers from the system in consultation with other functions and partners."
    • Pulp & Paper
      38/84
      • Commitment Strength
        18/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC

            If Other, specify here: Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
            "We believe that endorsing the NYDF is an important step forward and we look forward to helping to meet the global private sector goal of eliminating deforestation from the production of agriculture commodities such as palm oil, soy, paper and beef products no later than 2020" "Our goal is to purchase 100% of paper-based packaging with fiber from responsibly managed forests and recycled sources by the end of 2020." "For Timber, we implemented a Paper-Based Packaging Sourcing Policy which addresses HCV, legality, certification, recycled content, and human rights. We give preference to suppliers with third-party certification, the most rigorous of which is FSC. We also recognize other national certifications endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), provided the fiber avoids the unwanted sources listed in our Sustainable Sourcing Principles"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: 0%
            "We believe that endorsing the NYDF is an important step forward and we look forward to helping to meet the global private sector goal of eliminating deforestation from the production of agriculture commodities such as palm oil, soy, paper and beef products no later than 2020"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Our goal is to purchase 100% of paper-based packaging with fiber from responsibly managed forests and recycled sources by the end of 2020."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            2020 target date, no interim required: "Our goal is to purchase 100% of paper-based packaging with fiber from responsibly managed forests and recycled sources by the end of 2020."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "As of 2019, we transitioned 76% of our supply and believe that this has been an effective response in helping us to mitigate supply chain disruptions attributed to declining ecosystem services"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Our goal is to purchase 100% of paper-based packaging with fiber from responsibly managed forests and recycled sources by the end of 2020.
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Our goal is to purchase 100% of paper-based packaging with fiber from responsibly managed forests and recycled sources by the end of 2020."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            2020 target date: "Our goal is to purchase 100% of paper-based packaging with fiber from responsibly managed forests and recycled sources by the end of 2020."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company - traces to Tier 1 supplier - no compliance check
            0/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company - traces to Tier 1 supplier - no compliance check
            0/4
            "As we are a large, decentralized company with numerous packaging suppliers globally, we have multiple systems that enable traceability of our commodities. Our supply chain management and quality assurance processes include traceability of our product ingredients and suppliers’ incoming raw materials. [...] We also give preference to suppliers who have FSC certification (or secondarily, SFI or PEFC), thus providing us with additional, third-party certified traceability. Depending on the specific certification scheme used per market, there are multiple points to which timber used in paper packaging could be deemed traceable in the system, varying from the country down to the forest depending on the scheme used. We issued a global survey for our entire business, through our brands, requesting that all suppliers report on packaging products containing timber (via fiber used in paper packaging). We were pleased to include data representing 91% of our global store count of over 50,000 restaurants. Based on our survey results, the analysis showed that an estimated 35% of our total timber consumption was traceable in 2019 and that the majority of responding suppliers are able to provide traceability at the mill-level. Please note that an estimated 74% of certified virgin timber (excluding recycled sources) is traceable. "
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            0/2
          • Target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        7/18
        • 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
          Yum! Brands require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Suppliers must not discriminate with regard to hiring and employment practices, including salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement on the basis of race, religion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, political affiliation, disability, or physical impairment or handicap."
        • 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
          Yum! Brand's criteria for paper sourcing requires "Secure Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of indigenous people and local communities".
      • Reporting and Implementation
        13/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "As of 2019, we transitioned 76% of our supply and believe that this has been an effective response in helping us to mitigate supply chain disruptions attributed to declining ecosystem services"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            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
            "As of 2019, we transitioned 76% of our supply and believe that this has been an effective response in helping us to mitigate supply chain disruptions attributed to declining ecosystem services"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            "As of 2019, we transitioned 76% of our supply and believe that this has been an effective response in helping us to mitigate supply chain disruptions attributed to declining ecosystem services." "Purchase 100% of our paper-based packaging with fiber from responsibly managed forest and recycled sources by the end of 2020 as demonstrated by third-party certification in accordance with our policy."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually
          "This helps us identify potential deforestation risk relating to meeting our goal of 100% sustainable sourcing by the end of 2020. In addition, in 2018 we completed a long-term Supply Chain Sustainability Risk Assessment with WWF to identify and prioritize the environmental and social risks attributed to key commodities, including forest risks commodities. We continued work in 2019 with WWF by conducting a landscape analysis for Brazil Tools, methods, and data sources referenced for biodiversity and forest risk include: WWF’s Global 200 priority ecoregions, Ramsar Sites, World Database on Protected Areas, and Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) sites"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • 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?: 108,240 MT

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 449,085 MT

          Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
          Yum! report a total of 557,325 metric tonnes of timber product within their supply chain for 2019, with 19% of that being FSC Certified "Our public policy states that we will give preference to suppliers who provide paper-packaging certified by a third-party, which meets the most rigorous forest management standards, which is currently FSC. However, to account for market differences, we also recognize other national certifications endorsed by the PEFC and SFI, provided the fiber avoids the unwanted sources listed in our Sustainable Sourcing Principles. We issued a global survey for our entire business, through our brands, requesting that all suppliers report on fiber used in our paper-based packaging in 2019."
        • 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?: annually

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "Developing time-bound targets and milestones to bring suppliers back into compliance Providing information on appropriate actions that can be taken to address non-compliance Assessing the efficacy and efforts of non-compliant supplier actions through consistent and quantified metrics Re-integrating suppliers back into supply chain based on the successful and verifiable completion of activities [...] Our policy for fiber-based packaging includes using third-party certification systems to demonstrate compliance. This is done on an annual basis. Yum! recognizes systems including FSC, PEFC and SFI and requests that suppliers provide the volume of material and specific certification system used. This data is compiled and reviewed to ascertain compliance with the policy, progress on goals and if corrective measure, up to and including removal from the Yum! supply chain, are warranted"
        • 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
          "Yum! supply chain leaders are responsible for evaluating the severity of non-compliance, developing corrective action plans and if necessary, removal of suppliers from the system in consultation with other functions and partner [...] All suppliers are required to follow our policies as outlined in our Supplier Code of Conduct. Timber and palm oil suppliers have been removed from our system as a result of not addressing our policies"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (excluded)
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (excluded)
          1/2
          How many noncompliant producers or suppliers are engaged through improvement plans or other processes, and what percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: not specified

          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
          Yum! mentions the removal of one supplier in their CDP reporting - " We have taken action in the past as APP, APRIL and its subsidiaries have been removed from the Yum! system as approved suppliers. Yum! supply chain leaders are responsible for evaluating the severity of non-compliance, developing corrective action plans and if necessary, removal of suppliers from the system in consultation with other functions and partners. "
    • Soy
      22/84
      • Commitment Strength
        14/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes
            "We believe that endorsing the NYDF is an important step forward and we look forward to helping to meet the global private sector goal of eliminating deforestation from the production of agriculture commodities such as palm oil, soy, paper and beef products no later than 2020" [...] "Soy, which is often used in chicken feed, contributes to deforestation in certain parts of the world. We will focus initially on the direct sourcing of poultry purchasing from high risk areas. In 2019, 100% of Brazilian feed mills in our supply chain were audited as compliant in aligning with the Amazon Soy Moratorium."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "We believe that endorsing the NYDF is an important step forward and we look forward to helping to meet the global private sector goal of eliminating deforestation from the production of agriculture commodities such as palm oil, soy, paper and beef products no later than 2020" [...] "Soy, which is often used in chicken feed, contributes to deforestation in certain parts of the world. We will focus initially on the direct sourcing of poultry purchasing from high risk areas. In 2019, 100% of Brazilian feed mills in our supply chain were audited as compliant in aligning with the Amazon Soy Moratorium."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "We believe that endorsing the NYDF is an important step forward and we look forward to helping to meet the global private sector goal of eliminating deforestation from the production of agriculture commodities such as palm oil, soy, paper and beef products no later than 2020" [...] "Soy, which is often used in chicken feed, contributes to deforestation in certain parts of the world. We will focus initially on the direct sourcing of poultry purchasing from high risk areas. In 2019, 100% of Brazilian feed mills in our supply chain were audited as compliant in aligning with the Amazon Soy Moratorium."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            "We believe that endorsing the NYDF is an important step forward and we look forward to helping to meet the global private sector goal of eliminating deforestation from the production of agriculture commodities such as palm oil, soy, paper and beef products no later than 2020" [...] "Soy, which is often used in chicken feed, contributes to deforestation in certain parts of the world. We will focus initially on the direct sourcing of poultry purchasing from high risk areas. In 2019, 100% of Brazilian feed mills in our supply chain were audited as compliant in aligning with the Amazon Soy Moratorium."
        • 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
        5/18
        • 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
          Yum! Brands require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Suppliers must not discriminate with regard to hiring and employment practices, including salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement on the basis of race, religion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, political affiliation, disability, or physical impairment or handicap."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        3/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            "We believe that endorsing the NYDF is an important step forward and we look forward to helping to meet the global private sector goal of eliminating deforestation from the production of agriculture commodities such as palm oil, soy, paper and beef products no later than 2020" [...] "Soy, which is often used in chicken feed, contributes to deforestation in certain parts of the world. We will focus initially on the direct sourcing of poultry purchasing from high risk areas. In 2019, 100% of Brazilian feed mills in our supply chain were audited as compliant in aligning with the Amazon Soy Moratorium."
          • 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
          No
          0/2
        • 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
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    17/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    9/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    6/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Yum! Brands is one of the world’s largest restaurant companies, with over 43,500 outlets in more than 135 countries. The three globally recognised chains under the Yum! umbrella are KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell; which are leaders in their respective food categories of chicken, pizza and Mexica-style food. All three of these restaurant brands use the forest risk commodities palm oil, soy and beef in a variety of different products. Yum! Brands Inc. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy, beef and paper packaging.

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

Top Brands

LFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell

How we assess the Forest 500

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