“At Yum!, we believe that our iconic, global brands have a responsibility to make a positive impact on the environment in partnership with our franchisees and suppliers,” Yum! Brands CEO David Gibbs said in a statement. “We’ve made strong progress over the years when it comes to our sustainability agenda and see renewable energy to reduce our carbon emissions as another important step on this journey.”
As You Sow, a group that focuses on corporate social responsibility and climate change, praised the decision.
“This action could significantly reduce the amount of single use packaging that ends up as littered waste, especially in developing economies where YUM! does substantial business,” As You Sow Senior Vice President Conrad MacKerron said in a statement. “This is a win for oceans and marine life as foam packaging poses particular threats to wildlife.”
Yum! uses the Styrofoam-like material in beverage cups and takeout containers at about 4,000 U.S. locations and 2,700 locations around the world, according to As You Sow. It’s often found as beach litter that can harm animals.
The company’s decision comes after it reported fourth-quarter profit and same-store sales that fell short of expectations as a sales drop at Pizza Hut.
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