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Dont buy Click here for score rapport: 2 out of 23

Sustainability summary

Kentucky Fried Chicken has achieved the E-label, because only a little information is published about a policy on sustainability. It is hard to see the effort Kentucky Fried Chicken is making on sustainability. Therefore, more policy and transparency is needed.

Brand owner: Yum!
Head office: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Sector: Restaurant chains
Categories : 
Free Tags: Yum!, Fast Food, Kentucky Fried Chicken

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KFC sustainability score report

Last edited: 3 June 2017 by Vera M.
Last reviewed: 5 June 2017 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? Yum! (brand owner of KFC) described several actions to reduce energy use and increase efficiency. 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? Yum! increased its climate footprint of own operations (Scope 1 & 2) from 2,937,120 tons of CO2e in 2014 to 3,053,335 tons of CO2e in 2015. This represents an increase of around 4% (see link, download 'Climate Change Responses' 2015 & 2016). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Yum! does not communicate comprehensive information about the percentage of its energy that is obtained from renewable sources (see link, download 'Climate Change Responses' 2016). 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? Yum! reports about several measures to save energy in its stores and buildings, mainly related to Green Building/LEED Certification. However, concrete information about an energy efficiency level lower than 200 kg CO2 per sqm is not reported. 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? Yum! does not communicate up to date target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions of own operations (see link, download 'Climate Change Responses' 2016). Source
7. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the supply/production chain? Yum! mentions the target to reduce climate emissions in the supply chain, but this information is not up to date and does not provide any clear information on measures implemented, and clear results on reducing climate emissions in the supply chain realized (see also link previous question, download 'Climate Change Responses' 2016). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 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? Yum! has a policy to use sustainable palm oil, namely, the brand's goal is to source 100% of our palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources by the end of 2017. 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? Yum! does not communicate any information about use of sustainable sources for the used tropical commodities like soy and beef. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. 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? Yum! does not report on whether the oils used in its products are environmentally certified. In the case of palm oil, Yum! has set a goal to only use sustainable palm oil or not use palm oil at all. However, it is unclear as to what percent of its products currently use sustainably sourced palm oil. Source
4. Does the brand have environmental and animal welfare policies for animal products such as meat, egg, milk and fish? Yum! reports on measures concerning animal welfare conditions, for example, animal treatment related to poultry. But, Yum! is not clear enough about its respective standards, scopes and impacts realized. 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? Yum! 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? Yum! 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? Yum! 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? Yum! offers vegetarian food, certified by the American Vegetarian Association (AVA), but does not report on a policy to increase this at chains beyond its Taco Bell locations. Source
11. Does the brand (company) have a proper vegan assortment or a policy to increase this? See remark for environmental policy question 10. 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? Yum! communicates a waste reduction policy for KFC, but does not report the overall performance. 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? Yum! communicates a sustainable packaging policy for KFC, such as using FSC or PEFC certified paper, but does not report the overall performance. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 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? Neither Yum! nor KFC openly communicate a fair trade product policy for its operations, if indeed the brand has one. Sustainability information should be easily accessible to enable consumers to make more responsible choices. 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