Environmentally-friendly Taco Bell packaging, including a bag and a cup


We Grow Sustainably

We are balancing business growth with environmental sustainability. With the Yum! franchise system opening new restaurants every day, it’s important that we use our scale for good to minimize the environmental impact of our restaurants and supply chain.

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Key Highlights



restaurants to renewable energy by the end of 2021

Climate Change

Set science-based targets


CDP Forests palm oil score in 2020

Named to the

Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index

in 2020

Expanded Polystyrene

Accelerated efforts to remove globally by 2022 across all brands

Recipe Notes: Sustainability Solutions Driven by Data

Portrait of Jon Hixson, Yum! Vice President of Global Government Affairs & Sustainability


with Jon Hixson,
Yum! Vice President of Global Government Affairs & Sustainability

Q: How has Yum!’s approach to environmental issues changed in recent years?

A: We’ve made strong progress on our sustainability agenda through efforts to operate green buildings and foster a responsible supply chain.

Now, we’re taking a more focused look at climate change, the most important environmental issue that we manage and the one that encompasses all other issues. We’re asking ourselves questions like, “What are a global restaurant company’s most significant contributions to climate change?” and, “How can Yum! mitigate our impact and be part of the solution?”

Q: Where are you finding answers to these questions?

A: Yum! learned much from our research on setting science-based targets (SBTs) for GHG emissions. Our research project involved six phases of work, which ultimately outline a path for Yum! to reduce our emissions to levels aligned with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

We are working with a third-party partner to assess our current GHG footprint and identify the most promising abatement measures, both in terms of GHG reduction potential and cost of implementation.

Q: Supply chain emissions can be complex to manage because they involve many variables that are beyond your control. How will Yum! address these indirect climate impacts?

A: Prioritization and focus are important when it comes to addressing climate issues. Emissions from purchased goods and our buildings account for about 94% of our Scope 3 emissions.

Within purchased goods of food, more than three-fourths of those emissions are from beef, dairy and chicken. In terms of absolute GHG emissions, one of our largest areas of focus must be our U.S. food supply chain where we purchase large volumes of beef, dairy and chicken. We also know that the impact is greater when animals are raised on or receive feed ingredients from freshly deforested or converted land. As part of our risk assessment and strategy, we reviewed research and data from the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Office, which monitors the emissions from Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULCF). After looking at global food systems emissions, carbon sinks and LULCF, we developed strategic priorities for our work on climate change and sustainability.

We continue to engage with and improve all elements of our supply chain. In addition, through review of our own supply chain and global research, we will focus on the U.S. and a handful of tropical regions in Asia and Latin America that are critical to the world’s food supply. In partnership with WWF, we are exploring ways to identify and remove deforestation in our supply chain, which includes both shifting our sourcing and engaging with suppliers in higher-risk areas to promote more sustainable practices. It’s this kind of thinking that will allow Yum! to address climate change in a truly holistic way.

Yum! Brands Climate Commitment

Of the issues that Yum! must manage, climate change is among the most urgent and important. Our company completed a step-by-step process to develop science-based targets (SBTs) and recently committed to addressing climate change in partnership with our franchisees, suppliers and producers to make a difference.

Our Goals

Reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions


by 2030



emissions by 2050

Our Focus Areas

Illustration of an LED lightbulb and windmills powering a restaurant


With more than 50,000 restaurants globally, we’re accelerating our efforts around green building development and renewable energy.

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Supply Chains

Beef, poultry, dairy and packaging are our four priorities aimed at minimizing emissions across the supply chain.

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Strategic partnerships with groups like the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance are key to advance this work in our own value chain and beyond.

Forest Stewardship

We have long been committed to reducing our environmental impact by minimizing deforestation risk. To support further progress toward no deforestation and using our scale to positively impact the broader industry, we endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) and the private sector goal of eliminating deforestation from the production of agriculture commodities such as palm oil, soy, paper and beef products. To meet this goal, we are strengthening our efforts and making process in the following four areas:

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We are making solid progress toward our goal, currently at 76%, to purchase 100% of our paper-based packaging with fiber from responsibly managed forests and recycled sources by the end of 2020.

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A key part of our strategy is sourcing beef from areas of low risk when it comes to deforestation. Beef sourced from Brazil is associated with a high risk of tropical deforestation. In 2019, less than 1% of beef served at Yum! restaurants was reported to come from this region.

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In 2019, we achieved our goal of sourcing 100% of palm oil used for cooking from responsibly managed sources, with third party certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

A field of soy bean crops


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.

Waste Reduction

Yum! is committed to first reducing, and then mindfully reusing or recycling, the waste generated at our restaurants. Making meaningful progress in this area requires us to confront a number of challenges, from a changing global recycling market to a patchwork of regulations in the U.S. and countries worldwide. At the Yum! corporate and brand levels, we plan to reach a number of packaging waste milestones over the next several years.


By the end of the year, all plastic packaging used at our corporate headquarters will be reusable, recyclable or compostable.


We will remove Styrofoam and expanded polystyrene from packaging at all KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell locations globally.


Taco Bell will make all its consumer-facing packaging recyclable, compostable or reusable, eliminate any PFAS, phthalates and BPA from its packaging, and add recycling and/or composting bins to restaurants globally where infrastructure permits.


KFC will make all plastic-based, consumer-facing packaging recoverable or reusable globally.

For more information, contact citizenship@yum.com