Ethics & Human Rights

At Yum!, our success depends on holding our employees and suppliers to the highest standards of ethical conduct and socially responsible business practices, which are expressed in our global Code of Conduct. Every year, our board of directors and our 2,000 most senior employees must certify in writing that they have read and understand the Code of Conduct and complete a conflicts of interest questionnaire.

When it comes to interacting with one another, employees are expected to demonstrate mutual respect. Sexual, racial, ethnic, religious or any other type of harassment has no place at Yum!. It is our policy to deal fairly with employees; provide equal opportunity for all in recruiting, hiring, developing, promoting and compensating without regard to race, religion, color, age, gender, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, citizenship, national origin or other legally protected status; maintain a professional, safe and discrimination free work environment; and recognize and compensate employees based on their performance.

Human Rights in the Supply Chain

We require suppliers to conduct audits and inspections to verify compliance with our Code of Conduct as well as to conduct unannounced assessments, audits and inspections of supplier facilities. In recent years, we have strengthened commitments in key areas of our supply chain, including vegetables, fresh produce and palm oil, to further emphasize the importance of leading human rights practices. Our practices are aligned with the Fair Food Standards Council and the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil.

We strive to maintain a work environment that respects and supports human rights for all employees around the world, as well as those of our suppliers. To this end, our company has further invested in human rights due diligence and is sharpening our efforts to align with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights. In 2020, we established a global membership with Sedex, a leading ethical trade organization that works with businesses to improve working conditions in global supply chains. Sedex simplifies the auditing process for suppliers, allowing them to undergo a single audit for multiple customers. Becoming a member of Sedex will strengthen our risk assessment and remediation processes, particularly around human rights and labor practices, enabling better supplier development and engagement.

Markets around the world, such as Australia and the U.K., are strengthening regulations regarding modern slavery, forced labor and the rights of migrant workers. While our restaurants are not particularly at risk for these issues, our brands are working to improve their own due diligence around these topics. KFC Australia published its first Modern Slavery Statement in 2020, and KFC U.K. & Ireland is developing training for restaurant teams and suppliers to help them understand new guidelines and address issues. This training will teach people not only to recognize forced labor in their own workforces, but also to identify and speak up about trafficking that could potentially occur among visitors to our restaurants.