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Subway
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 4 out of 23

Sustainability summary

Subway has achieved the D-label. Subway has started to take sustainability into account. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Doctor's Associates, Inc. (DAI).
Head office: Milford, Connecticut, USA
Sector: Restaurant chains
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Free Tags: Fast Food

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Subway sustainability score report

Last edited: 21 August 2015 by Erwin
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? Subway Restaurants has taken several policy measures to reduce carbon emissions, such as a efficiency programme for travel routes, full trucks and green and recyclable materials and energy efficient lighting (LED) (see link). 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? Subway does not publish an up to date annual climate footprint of last years on its website. So it is not clear if the policy measures actually helped to reduce the total annual greenhouse gas 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? Subway 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? Subway reports about several measures to save energy in its stores and buildings, mainly related to Energy Star appliances/LEED Certification. However, clear information about an energy efficiency level lower than 200 kg CO2 per sqm isn't 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? Subway Restaurants does not provide any clear objectives for to reduce carbon emissions. Source
7. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the supply/production chain? Subway 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

2 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? Subway has a policy to use sustainable palm oil in its products. 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? Subway does not communicate any information about use of sustainable sources for the used tropical commodities like soy, and beef. 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? Subway does not report on whether the oils used in its products are environmentally certified. In the case of palm oil, the brand aims to use certified sustainable palm oil in Europe by 2015 only. But, it is unclear as to what percent of its products currently used 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? Subway states it has a animal welfare policy and reports on its policy related to tuna. According to Subway skipjack tuna is the only type of seafood in its product. Also, Subway collaborates with MSC to develop a commercially feasible transition plan to more sustainable tuna. 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. However, Subway does not clear enough report on the standards and control mechanisms for other animal products. 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? Subway sources agricultural products which comply with standards such as GAP and GHP. In the US Subway audits its food supply according to the USDA standard. But, Subway isn't clear enough about the entire scope (type of ingredient, region and which standard) of its policy. Source
8. Does the brand have an environmental policy for the staple foods such as rice, grain, corn or potatoes? See remark for environmental policy question 7. Source
9. Does the brand have a sustainability policy for the drinking water and soda? Subway 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? Subway Restaurants does provide vegetarian sandwiches, but does not have a concrete policy to increase the use of vegetarian food. Source
11. Does the brand (company) have a proper vegan assortment or a policy to increase this? Subway 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? Subway communicates a waste reduction policy, 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? Subway implements several policy measures to minimize the environmental impact of its consumer packaging, such as using increasingly recycled content. But, aggregate results regarding its packaging materials footprint are not made public. 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? Subway has some certified coffee and tea in its assortment. However, no comprehensive reporting about the overall share of certified, tropical commodities such as tea, coffee 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