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Yum! Brands sets paper purchasing goal

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Yum! Brands sets paper purchasing goal

April 09, 2013 - 03:25

LOUISVILLE, KY, April 9, 2013 (Press Release) -Yum! Brands, parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, has set a goal of purchasing paper-based packaging with fiber from responsibly managed forests and recycled sources. The company says it will publish a detailed procurement policy with public targets to achieve its sustainable paper goals by 2014. The following statement was issued by the brand:

Given the large volume of packaging we buy, Yum! is uniquely positioned to provide environmentally preferable packaging to our consumers around the globe while also reducing our impact on the environment and our communities. Our ability to serve food safely, quickly and conveniently is largely dependent upon our use of disposable packaging.

Throughout the quick service restaurant industry, the way in which we package food has been consistent with the standardized packaging available in the industry. Understanding and addressing our packaging impact on the environment and working closely with our suppliers, is a global imperative for the long-term sustainability of our business.

Yum! is committed to making sustainable packaging a priority. In support of this commitment, we have developed the following Sustainable Sourcing and Waste Recovery Principles:

Yum! is moving toward Sustainable Sourcing by ensuring that paper and paper-based packaging products we buy do not knowingly come from illegal or other unwanted fiber sources.

We will give preference to suppliers who source wood fiber, certified by a third-party, which meets the most rigorous forest management standards. Currently the Forest Stewardship Council standard is considered the most rigorous standard by leading conservation organizations. We will also source paper and packaging from other national certification systems that are endorsed by the Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), provided the fiber avoids the unwanted sources listed above. We will work with all suppliers to progressively increase the proportion of certified material as larger quantities become available.

Yum! is committed to Sustainable Packaging by increasing the amount of recycled content, as permitted by regulatory and technical constraints, across our global system. This will be done within packaging content regulations to ensure food safety, as well as within performance criteria to retain functionality. Though limited availability of suitable recycled fiber restricts our access to the supply of these materials in some geographical areas, we will work to leverage sustainable practices into all of our wrappers, napkins, and containers worldwide.

Over the next several months, Yum! will engage with our suppliers and gathering data on all paper-based packaging sourcing to assess our current state. This will allow us to better understand the forest sources of our fiber, identify higher risk sources, avoid or phase out of unwanted sources, and preference more responsible sources. By 2014, we will release a more detailed procurement policy with public targets to achieve these goals. We are collaborating with a third-party to assist us in this effort.