Environment – Yum! Brands http://www.yum.com A World with More Yum! Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:17:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 KFC Australia’s Commitment to Sustainable Building http://www.yum.com/kfc-australias-commitment-to-sustainable-building/ http://www.yum.com/kfc-australias-commitment-to-sustainable-building/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:26:41 +0000 http://www.yum.com/?p=4384 ... Read more »]]> SOPACBlueline1
KFC Australia has adopted a forward-thinking and progressive approach to rolling out its sustainable building program across their company-owned and franchise development network.  Their ambition is to design and build all new, company owned, restaurants to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifiable, and to reduce energy consumption by 15%.  LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides global third-party verification of green buildings.

In 2013, the first step on this journey was taken by opening the first LEED certified quick service restaurant in the country.  Located in East Maitland, New South Wales, it featured improved efficiency systems that achieved energy savings of 16% and water savings of 35% below baseline rates.  Also helping to live up to KFC’s commitment to the environment, recycling has been an important part of the project from the beginning as 93% of demolition and construction waste was recycled.  Now that we are operating the restaurant, 100 percent of operational waste is sent to a nearby recycling facility.

Using the lessons from East Maitland, KFC Australia partnered with the Yum! Global Sustainability and KFC Corporate Development teams to develop ‘Blueline’.  Blueline is our green building standard designed to be a roadmap to LEED certification for both company and franchise construction.

In February 2015, the brand opened a second LEED certifiable restaurant at Lidcombe, New South Wales.  The Lidcombe store was the first store to be both LEED certified and certified under KFC’s Blueline program.

Now, initiatives and standards developed for KFC’s sustainable LEED stores have been incorporated into store designs as standard, meaning the franchisee network can access and develop sustainable stores using a standard store design.  Our franchisee partners are now joining company stores in leading the way with two new franchise restaurants recently receiving Blueline certification and many more under way.

Through the Blueline program, KFC Australia has continued to build on its commitment to reducing energy consumption.  In doing so, it is becoming a global Yum! leader in this area through the implementation of industry-leading initiatives across its company-owned and franchised restaurants.  While the KFC Australia business has achieved impressive results to date, the company continues to explore new opportunities to improve efficiency on the road to a more sustainable future.

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The Role of Restaurants in Preserving Water Quality http://www.yum.com/the-role-of-restaurants-in-preserving-water-quality/ http://www.yum.com/the-role-of-restaurants-in-preserving-water-quality/#respond Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:54:05 +0000 http://www.yum.com/?p=4334 ... Read more »]]> WaterAugust is National Water Quality Month in the United States, and Yum! Brands is taking time to reflect on the role of restaurants in preserving and promoting water quality.

As stories regarding water supplies in Flint, Michigan and California’s Central Valley appear more frequently, non-profit organizations and government agencies work to address disparities in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) that affect populations’ public health and food security. Businesses contribute to these efforts, too.

Businesses in the United States and around the world support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring access to water and sanitation for all through their operations. Yum! Brands’ restaurants contribute to the UN’s water access and sanitation objective by providing fully-functioning WASH services, which include clean water for drinking, cooking and cleaning purposes; sanitary facilities, solid waste management and drainage; and hygiene information at stores around the world. As the UN states, this goal not only provides social benefits, like community health, but also provides business benefits by decreasing employee absenteeism and increasing worker productivity.

Restaurants therefore play a role as water quality stewards in U.S. cities where they serve safe foods and beverages. Yum! Brands wishes everyone a happy #waterquality month as we continue to work to provide safe water, sanitation, and hygiene to communities as part of our water initiatives in the U.S. and around the world.

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Yum! Global Sustainability Team Increases Engagement to Build Know-How http://www.yum.com/yum-global-sustainability-team-increases-engagement-to-build-know-how/ http://www.yum.com/yum-global-sustainability-team-increases-engagement-to-build-know-how/#respond Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:46:56 +0000 http://www.yum.com/?p=4077 ... Read more »]]> Building know-how is a key part of driving results at Yum! Brands. It’s also essential to Sustainability as the field is still evolving.

This year, Yum!’s Global Sustainability team has visited with a variety of partners, including investors; students; sustainability networks; and YUM! employees, to gain insight and explore new innovations in the Sustainability field.

  • In February, the team traveled to Boston to learn how investors incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns into their investment decisions. Yum! met with ESG research teams from Sustainalytics and Bloomberg and shared best practices with undergraduate and graduate students at the Boston Net Impact Career Summit. At the summit, Chief Sustainability Officer Roger McClendon and Global Sustainability Director David Harpring spoke with representatives from Ceres, MSCI, and Breckinridge Capital Advisors on a panel titled “Sustainability’s Newest Supply Chain: The ESG Investing Spectrum.”
  • The team also attended conferences with Sustainable Brands, Ceres, and US SIF networks in May and June to continue their learnings from peer companies and share best practices within the sustainability circuit.

To see Yum!’s Sustainability know-how in action, visit http://www.yumcsr.com/environment/.

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Yum! Named to Newsweek’s 2016 Green Rankings http://www.yum.com/yum-named-to-newsweeks-2016-green-rankings/ http://www.yum.com/yum-named-to-newsweeks-2016-green-rankings/#respond Mon, 06 Jun 2016 15:38:55 +0000 http://www.yum.com/?p=3994 ... Read more »]]> Yum! has been named to Newsweek’s 2016 Green Rankings, one of the world’s most recognized assessments of corporate environmental performance. This year, Yum! increased in ranking on both the U.S. and Global lists compared to 2015, moving up 37 spots to #201 out of the 500 largest publically traded U.S. companies and up 39 spots to #293 out of the 500 largest publically traded global companies. Environmental sustainability is key to reducing Yum!’s carbon footprint and part the larger corporate social responsibly strategy. View the full U.S. 500 and Global 500 lists here. Learn more about Yum!’s environmental efforts in our 2015 CSR Report.

 

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KFC Philippines Makes Local Green Building History http://www.yum.com/kfc-philippines-makes-local-green-building-history/ http://www.yum.com/kfc-philippines-makes-local-green-building-history/#respond Fri, 03 Jun 2016 15:44:17 +0000 http://www.yum.com/?p=3989 ... Read more »]]> KFC Philippines made local history when it opened its first building built to LEED standards in Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Key features of the restaurant include:

  • High efficiency air-conditioning units
  • Low-emissivity glass capable of minimizing the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light while letting visible light into the restaurant
  • LED lights
  • Motion sensors to keep lights off in unoccupied areas of the back-of-house

The restaurant is expected to see energy savings of up to 25 percent. In terms of water savings, the use of high efficiency flush fixtures reduces the amount of water usage in flush fixtures by 32 percent.

KFC Philippines is committed to promoting environmental sustainability on future projects, as the same design specifications will be applied to all succeeding free-standing drive-thru restaurants.

To learn more about Yum! Brands’ green building developments visit: www.yumcsr.com/environment/green-building.asp.

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Food Waste Reduction Alliance Briefs U.S. House of Representatives Staffers http://www.yum.com/food-waste-reduction-alliance-briefs-u-s-house-representatives-staffers/ http://www.yum.com/food-waste-reduction-alliance-briefs-u-s-house-representatives-staffers/#respond Wed, 11 May 2016 16:14:07 +0000 http://www.yum.com/?p=3766 ... Read more »]]> Last week, members of the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) – representing the nation’s grocers, food manufacturers and restaurants – briefed staff from the U.S. House of Representatives on the alliance’s mission and progress to mitigate food waste in the U.S.

In collaboration with food donation organizations, NGOs, waste experts, and a host of other partners along the supply chain, FWRA produces workable resources, such as best practices in reducing food waste, that offer reality-based applications and guidance to the various aspects of our food production system.

Laura Abshire, director, sustainability policy, National Restaurant Association; Andrew Harig, senior director, sustainability, tax and trade, Food Marketing Institute; and Meghan Stasz, senior director, sustainability, Grocery Manufacturers Association, represented industry groups at the staff briefing and co-presented with executives from their member companies to raise awareness of how companies are already successfully implementing food waste reduction strategies and what challenges remain in the supply chain that Congress can help provide relief.

Abshire stressed, “The Food Waste Reduction Alliance maintains three goals: 1. Reduce food lost within our operations, so it never becomes waste; 2. Recover safe and nutritious food that might have been wasted by sending it to those in need; and 3. Recycle unavoidable food waste by diverting it away from landfills to more productive uses, including animal feed, compost or food to energy.”

Harig further explained the challenge of food waste and how each industry must leverage unique remedies and solutions, saying, “We appreciate the House Agriculture Committee staff for their interest in the ways our respective industries can come together to mitigate our weaknesses and enhance our collective strengths with a unified goal of feeding more people, sharing best practices and creating awareness among our businesses to anticipate cost effective solutions.”

Stasz concluded, “Food waste can happen anywhere along the supply chain, from the farm to the manufacturer to the retailer or restaurant, and in our homes or at work – it’s estimated that 25-40 percent of the food that is grown, processed and transported in the United States will never be consumed – so the opportunity and the need to reduce food waste have never been greater.”

Industry groups were joined by Michael Hewett, director of environmental and sustainability programs, Publix Super Markets, Inc.; Jessica Rosen, associate manager, sustainability, Yum! Brands; and Kent Wilson, Washington representative, General Mills, Inc.
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A Drink to Water Conservation http://www.yum.com/a-drink-to-water-conservation/ http://www.yum.com/a-drink-to-water-conservation/#respond Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:00:02 +0000 http://www.yum.com/?p=1803 ... Read more »]]> Ring of water being held by a few handsThe drought in California – home to almost 40 million people and a $54 billion agricultural industry – has helped raise awareness of the value of water. Since the first World Water Day, on March 22, 1993, water has increased in its prominence on the international stage as the recognized lifeblood of society and the environment upon which we depend. Water scarcity and the wise use of this resource are more pertinent than ever.

At Yum! we recognize that water is a nexus, closely tying agriculture and energy with our ability to prosper. Understanding and addressing this connection is critical to the sustainability of our business, the regions from which we source our food and the communities in which our restaurants operate. During the past decade, Yum! has been working to reduce water consumption in company-owned restaurants by 10% and encourage franchisees to do the same. With over 42,000 Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants across the world, this is no small feat.

As a result of this effort, we have saved over 800 million gallons of water across the globe in our corporate restaurants. This is the equivalent of one day’s worth of water needed to supply the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the year that we started working toward our aspirational goal, 2006. The journey included the development and release of global green building development standards with approaches and technologies to reduce water consumption in restaurants. The standards include, among other things, requirements for ice machines, dishwashers, restroom fixtures and irrigation systems. Restaurant teams are working hard to implement these water-saving approaches. We are proud that that we have made a positive impact, but we know we have more work to do to conserve this life-dependent resource.

Taco Bell in the United States is a shining example of what can be achieved. They focused on improving where they use water most, landscape irrigation. Irrigation can account for up to 45% of a restaurant’s water use. With the cost of water increasing, as well as with greater awareness that water is a precious natural resource, Taco Bell took decisive action. After a conservation pilot program in 2012 successfully demonstrated a 40% reduction in irrigation water, Taco Bell overhauled the irrigation systems in over 900 of its company-owned restaurants and updated the specification for new construction to meet the Yum! water-saving standard.

This is just one example of the success of our markets as they make great strides in implementing water use standards around the world as well as exploring solutions that respond to local conditions. In drought-vulnerable Australia, KFC has implemented a range of water-saving measures, such as using local water efficient landscaping and high efficiency water fixtures in restrooms, with expected water savings of up to 35%. In addition, to further respond to local conditions, they have taken the step of including rainwater harvesting tanks in their sustainable building standards to contribute to irrigation landscaping. Not to be outdone, our LEED Gold-certified KFCs in China and India have achieved a water savings of 50% and 42%, respectively. Of course we know that water conservation starts at home. At Yum! corporate headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky we have upgraded our irrigation system to reduce water use by 40%, saving about 1.1 million gallons of water annually, as well as made other improvements in our buildings. Our LEED certified Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine, California also takes a restrained approach to water use through low-flow fixtures and the use of reclaimed water for both restrooms and irrigation.

Join us in celebrating water, our most precious resource, in honor of World Water Day this week. We recognize that we have just started on our journey and will continue striving to reduce our footprint on the planet’s water supply in our restaurants and through supplier partnerships to make a difference that we can all drink to. To learn more about Yum! Brands’ Water Conservation efforts visit: www.yumcsr.com/environment.

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Pizza Hut Corporate ‘Green Team’ awarded the Environmental Star of Excellence http://www.yum.com/pizza-hut-corporate-green-team-awarded-the-environmental-star-of-excellence-2/ http://www.yum.com/pizza-hut-corporate-green-team-awarded-the-environmental-star-of-excellence-2/#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2015 18:36:35 +0000 http://www.yum.com/?p=1097 ... Read more »]]> KFC Green Building in India

Pizza Hut corporate created the ‘Green Team’ earlier this year in an effort to create more sustainable office processes. The team has addressed several projects to implement sustainable practices at the Restaurant Support Center (RSC) this year including a waste audit, Earth Day events such as the Go Dark Hour where all lights in the RSC were turned down to conserve energy, education and awareness, and careful resource management in our headquarters.

As a result of the team’s efforts this year Pizza Hut Corporate was recently awarded the Environmental Star of Excellence Award by the City of Plano, TX. The team was recognized with the Environmental Commitment award in the business category. The Environmental Commitment category recognizes a company’s commitment to implementing an environmental initiative that goes beyond impacting its immediate organization.

Throughout the year the Green Team encouraged Pizza Hut employees to take sustainability knowledge home with them. As a company, they participated in the Great American Cleanup in Plano, donated pizzas to local food bank Metro Relief, among other initiatives. The Green Team’s impact has gone far beyond the walls of Pizza Hut’s corporate office.

The City of Plano, TX recently earned a 4-STAR rating for national leadership in sustainability by the STAR Community Rating System. It’s just the second city in Texas to earn 4 stars. While Pizza Hut is a global brand, it is important to drive impact in our local communities.

For more information on what Pizza Hut and Yum! Brands is doing on the corporate social responsibility front, check out our CSR report.

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Pizza Hut Corporate ‘Green Team’ awarded the Environmental Star of Excellence http://www.yum.com/pizza-hut-corporate-green-team-awarded-the-environmental-star-of-excellence/ http://www.yum.com/pizza-hut-corporate-green-team-awarded-the-environmental-star-of-excellence/#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2015 14:23:20 +0000 http://www.yum.com/?p=628 ... Read more »]]> Friday, October 30, 2015

KFC Green Building in India

Pizza Hut corporate created the ‘Green Team’ earlier this year in an effort to create more sustainable office processes. The team has addressed several projects to implement sustainable practices at the Restaurant Support Center (RSC) this year including a waste audit, Earth Day events such as the Go Dark Hour where all lights in the RSC were turned down to conserve energy, education and awareness, and careful resource management in our headquarters.

As a result of the team’s efforts this year Pizza Hut Corporate was recently awarded the Environmental Star of Excellence Award by the City of Plano, TX. The team was recognized with the Environmental Commitment award in the business category. The Environmental Commitment category recognizes a company’s commitment to implementing an environmental initiative that goes beyond impacting its immediate organization.

Throughout the year the Green Team encouraged Pizza Hut employees to take sustainability knowledge home with them. As a company, they participated in the Great American Cleanup in Plano, donated pizzas to local food bank Metro Relief, among other initiatives. The Green Team’s impact has gone far beyond the walls of Pizza Hut’s corporate office.

The City of Plano, TX recently earned a 4-STAR rating for national leadership in sustainability by the STAR Community Rating System. It’s just the second city in Texas to earn 4 stars. While Pizza Hut is a global brand, it is important to drive impact in our local communities.

For more information on what Pizza Hut and Yum! Brands is doing on the corporate social responsibility front, check out our CSR report.

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KFC Scoots Responsibly in Malaysia http://www.yum.com/kfc-scoots-responsibly-in-malaysia/ http://www.yum.com/kfc-scoots-responsibly-in-malaysia/#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:27:07 +0000 http://www.yum.com/?p=631 ... Read more »]]> Friday, August 28, 2015

Customers in Malaysia can call for home delivery with the satisfaction of knowing that their delicious KFC meals are delivered hot and fresh on electric scooters that are better for the environment. The scooters are plug-in vehicles that can be recharged at any outlet and emit zero carbon dioxide, smoke and noise to the streets. In addition to lowering the company’s carbon footprint, they also lower costs and decrease delivery time. KFC Malaysia currently has over 100 electric scooters in its fleet and is leading the pack among quick-service restaurants by introducing electric scooters for deliveries. To learn more about Yum!’s environmental initiatives visit, www.yumcsr.com.

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