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Burger King
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Sustainability summary

Brand owner: Burger King Corporation
Head office: Miami, Florida, USA
Sector: Restaurant chains
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Free Tags: Fast Food

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Burger King sustainability score report

Last edited: 21 August 2015 by Charlie
Last reviewed: 21 August 2015 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 7
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Burger King implements measures related to energy reduction. Source
2. Has the brand (company) already reduced or compensated the carbon footprint of its own operations by at least 10% in the last 5 years? Burger King has not published the annual carbon footprint, so it is not proven if the company┬┤s energy reduction policy is effective to reduce carbon emissions. Source
3. Is at least 10% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Burger King does not communicate any information about the percentage of its energy that is obtained from renewable sources on its website. Source
4. Is at least 25% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Is the efficiency of greenhouse gas emissions below 200 kg CO2-eq per square meter restaurant floor per year? Burger King doesn't report its greenhouse gas emissions efficiency level per square meter restaurant floor. Source
6. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Burger King does not communicate any information on target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions on its website. Source
7. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the supply/production chain? Burger King does not communicate a policy to reduce the carbon emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations on its website. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

0 out of 13
1. Does the brand have a environmental policy for the use of the tropical commodities such as soy, palm oil and beef, in order not to contribute to the destruction of tropical rainforests? Burger King does not communicate any information about sustainable sources for the tropical commodities such as soy, palm oil and beef. So it is not clear if the brand is committed to avoid the destruction of tropical rainforests. Source
2. Has the brand already implemented a strict policy for all the used tropical commodities such as soy, palm oil and beef, in order not to contribute to the destruction of rainforests? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand (company) use environmentally certified oil in its products and in the case of palm oil use, does the brand only source sustainable palm oil for all its palm oil containing products? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand have environmental and animal welfare policies for animal products such as meat, egg, milk and fish? Burger King states to continuously review its policies on animal welfare, sourcing and environmental impact. But, Burger King does not report clear enough on its respective standards and policy measures. Source
5. Does the brand have environmental and animal welfare standards for a significant share of the animal products such as meat, egg, milk and fish? See remark for environmental policy question 4. Source
6. Does the brand adhere to progressive sustainability and animal welfare standards for all sold animal products such as meat, eggs, milk and fish? See remark for environmental policy question 4. Source
7. Does the brand have an environmental policy for the production of vegetables and fruit? Burger King does not communicate any information about use of certified vegetables and/or fruit. Source
8. Does the brand have an environmental policy for the staple foods such as rice, grain, corn or potatoes? Burger King does not communicate any information about use of organic or otherwise certified staple products. Source
9. Does the brand have a sustainability policy for the drinking water and soda? Burger King does not communicate about a policy for sustainable sodas or tap water. Source
10. Does the brand (company) have a proper vegetarian assortment or a policy to increase this? Burger King offersa veggie burger and a garden salad, but has no stated policy to increase its range, and predominantly offers beef-based products. Source
11. Does the brand (company) have a proper vegan assortment or a policy to increase this? Burger King does not communicate any policy about selling vegan substitutes. Source
12. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Aside from mentioning a 'reduce, reuse, recycle' policy, Burger King does not communicate any information about its waste reduction policies. Source
13. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of its shipping packaging and carrier bags, by reducing, re-using, recycling and responsible sourcing of packaging materials, and does the brand annually report on these results? Burger King does not communicate any information about the take back, packaging improvement or weight reduction goals/initiatives/actions for its packaging, if there is any, on its website. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 out of 3
1. Does the brand sell tropical commodities such as coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas and pineapple certified according to Fair Trade, Utz, Rainforest Alliance or similar systems? In some countries, such as Germany, Burger King has UTZ certified coffee in its assortment. However, no comprehensive reporting about the entire share of certified, tropical commodities such as tea or chocolate is provided. Source
2. Is a significant share of the sold tropical commodities such as coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas and pineapple certified according to Fair Trade, Utz, Rainforest Alliance or similar systems? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
3. Are all the sold tropical commodities such as coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas and pineapple certified according to Fair Trade, Utz, Rainforest Alliance or similar systems? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source