Forest Stewardship

Yum!’s commitment to addressing climate change by reducing deforestation goes beyond the sourcing of our animal products. In 2019, 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 beef, soy, palm oil and paper products. In 2021, Yum! provided input as a corporate endorser for the refresh of NYDF, which aims to enhance accountability and accelerate action to meet its goals. NYDF members have collectively committed to end natural forest loss by 2030.

See How Yum! Is Addressing Key Commodities


We are working with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to better understand and address sourcing of beef and soy from areas with high risk for deforestation. Through close collaboration with our direct and indirect suppliers on traceability, we estimate that 99% of our beef supply was sourced from origins of lower risk of tropical deforestation in 2020 with 87% coming from the U.S. and Canada. To further show progress, we disclose to CDP Forests for our cattle products each year.


Soy, which is a primary ingredient in our chicken feed, has a complex supply chain. While our business is at least five steps removed from the soybean field, we continue to work across our supply chain to achieve greater levels of visibility and accountability. To share this work with others, we are developing a case study describing our work with WWF and overall supplier engagement. Additionally, we are evaluating and analyzing existing feed mill data in order to start visually mapping our soy supply chain.

Palm Oil

We continue to report to the Annual Communication of Progress through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Yum! also serves as a member of RSPO’s Jurisdictional Approach Working Group that’s focused on expanding their conventional approach to certification beyond the mill and supply base to a jurisdictional level.


We are committed to source 100% of paper-based packaging with fiber from responsibly managed forests and recycled sources by the end of 2022.

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). We are also making progress toward our goal of purchasing 100% of paper-based packaging with fiber from responsibly managed forests and recycled sources. Our brands have made progress by embracing alternative materials, such as a bamboo fiber bucket that is now used to serve meals at KFC in Canada. We continue to increase disclosure and our progress is evident in our CDP scores.

More recently, in 2021, we joined the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA). TFA is multistakeholder partnership platform initiated to support the implementation of private-sector commitments to remove deforestation from palm oil, beef, soy and pulp/paper supply chains.