There’s only one home. Earth. And it’s our mission to protect it. So, KFC is aiming to make its operations have a net-positive impact on our planet by 2050.
We are reducing single use plastic for our consumer packaging in our restaurants, improving our sourcing and waste management, and focusing on solving environmental challenges across our supply chain.
In our pursuit to ensure our food is filled with of bucketloads of good, we are truly proud that all our chicken is sourced locally from the same chicken farms that supply your favourite premium retailers.
As one of the world’s largest buyers of chicken, we have strict controls in place to ensure that our suppliers adhere to global animal welfare standards and practices regarding the treatment of chickens. Our chicken complies with all local animal welfare legislation, and is checked 34 times from farm to restaurant to ensure its quality and safety.
We go even further. All our ingredients and poultry at the stores are sourced from Halaal accredited suppliers, without compromising on its finger lickin’ good taste.
To ensure the unique and great taste our customers have come to expect from our food, all of our suppliers and our over 1000 KFC stores across the country are independently audited throughout the year. This helps to ensure that all health and safety procedures are followed.
We believe in a life that is sustainable and filled with bucketloads of good, one that allows us to develop as a society without depleting our natural resources. One that eliminates waste and pollution, recycles products and materials, and replenishes the environment.
But, we also believe it can be done, so we’ve been hard at work in South Africa since 2018. And it’s our pledge to the world that KFC globally will move consumer-facing plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025.
We continue to work with our partners to address key focus areas, including shifting to more sustainable materials, eliminating unnecessary packaging, and really supporting better recovery and recycling systems.
ON 1 JULY 2019, we switched from single-use plastic straws in our restaurants to environmentally friendly paper straws. This has empowered us to remove an annual volume of 80 million pieces of single use plastic from the South African waste stream. We also localised production of our paper straws to reduce transport pollution and support our local economy.
IN MAY2022, we once again reduced our single use plastic annual tonnage, this time by a massive 40% with the introduction of our paper-based gravy and coleslaw bowls.
Our packaging suppliers are committed to procuring fibre-based packaging that is responsibly sourced. The paper for these bowls is sustainably sourced from responsibly managed PEFC certified forests. Look for the PEFC logo on the bowls with our supplier’s licence number.
We are always looking at ways to reduce carbon emissions across our whole value chain as well as creating various circular economies within our restaurants, for example, by converting used cooking oil into bio-diesel, channelling back of house waste away from landfills and into the recycling waste stream whilst using recycled cardboard to produce some of our consumer packaging E.g., Clams, boxes and cartons.