Climate Action

Addressing climate change is one of Yum!’s top priorities and is a journey we’ve been on for more than 15 years.

Over the past several years, we have further prioritized our work on climate. In 2021, our science-based targets (SBTs) were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Our targets are to:

  • Reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 46% from corporate restaurants and offices by 2030, compared to a 2019 baseline
  • Reduce Scope 3 GHG emissions 46% per franchise restaurant by 2030, compared to a 2019 baseline
  • Reduce Scope 3 GHG emissions 46% per metric ton of beef, poultry, dairy and packaging by 2030, compared to a 2019 baseline

These SBTs give us a roadmap for reducing GHG emissions to levels aligned with the Paris Agreement that limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Arriving at these targets required a comprehensive understanding of each area of impact and pathways for reduction. This includes impact areas both within our business, such as the efficiency of our offices and restaurants, and within our supply chain, including the agricultural and land use practices.

We are working closely with our brands, franchisees, suppliers and producers to cut emissions from corporate and franchisee restaurants, and our priority supply chain areas that include poultry, beef, dairy and packaging. Additionally, we’re collaborating with partners to help us to innovate around decarbonization and to stay accountable.

In addition to our near-term 2030 targets, Yum! has set an ambition to reach net-zero by 2050. Our climate work continues to focus on execution against our 2030 SBTs and implementation efforts for climate regulations and disclosures due in 2026, which will support the validation of our 2050 net-zero ambitions.

View the progress we’re making on our climate journey in our annual Global Citizenship & Sustainability Report and CDP Climate disclosures here.