KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut launch new Palm Oil Policy
by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor
Greenpeace welcomes Yum! Brands new palm oil procurement policy. Yum! Brands includes KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut under their umbrella. Rolf Skar, Forest Campaign Director for Greenpeace USA responded with the following statement:
“Yum! Brands’ “Yum! Brands’ new palm oil policy; is a good sign it’s listening to customers around the world who want rainforest destruction taken off the menu.” said Rolf Skar, Forest Campaign Director at Greenpeace USA. “Yum!’s announcement moves the company closer to being deforestation-free, but there’s still room for improvement. Yum! needs to more clearly define terms like ‘high carbon stock forest’ and ‘best management practices’ for peatlands in order to make sure change really happens on the ground.”
“Fast food companies have multiple high-risk commodities like soy, beef and paper in their supply chains. When it comes to social conflict and deforestation, Greenpeace wants to see Yum! Brands and the whole fast food industry address these issues in a comprehensive way–or risk their brands, reputations and bottom lines. In the absence of clear commitments to prevent forest destruction, companies like Burger King and Subway are falling further behind and should work quickly to develop standards for the global commodities they buy.