Engaging our Communities With Sustainability

At Yum!, we believe that everyone has the potential to make a difference. To help bring this belief to life we engage with our communities to foster sustainability. The sustainability journey is one that we must all share and we are proud of the action we are driving to engage our communities.

Making Every Action Count

Small changes can have a big environmental impact. That was the concept Louisville Yum! associates embraced during April, celebrating both Earth Day and Yum! CSR month, an effort focused on raising awareness about our larger CSR initiatives. During the month, associates engaged in all kinds of activites, including:

  • Logged 1,198 sustainable actions as part of the One Million Actions for Planet Earth challenge
  • Reduced CO2 emissions by 1,800 lbs.
  • Donated hundreds of household items, from books to shoes to sporting equipment, to be repurposed for those in need
  • Recycled 4,000 lbs. of personal electronics
  • Cleaned up trash in one local neighborhood on the south side of Louisville


The Yum! Global Sustainability Team and members of Louisville, Kentucky’s Manual High School’s 2013 senior class decided they could help a local family and the environment at the same time.

Working through Habitat for Humanity, 40 Yum! employees and 80 Manual High School seniors found an innovative and fulfilling way to give back to their community for Earth Day and during Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s “Give a Day” week of service. A house was built to be an environmentally friendly, LEED-certified home for a Louisville family in need.

Students and Yum! associates broke ground on April 18, 2013, and worked on the home until it was completed. The group constructed the house using specifications and materials that met LEED standards. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an international rating system for the design and construction of high-performance green homes.

On August 17, 2013, Yum!, Manual High School and Habitat for Humanity dedicated the home to Serge and his wife Pascasie, and their five children who came to the U.S. five years ago after having spent 14 years in a Tanzanian refugee camp. The family said that having a home gives them a sense of community, pride, self-confidence and peace of mind.

Malaysia: KFC Scoots Responsibly

KFC Malaysia employees with a new electric KFC scooterKFC Malaysia is leading the pack among quick-service restaurants by introducing electric scooters for deliveries. The scooters are plug-in vehicles that can be recharged through any external electricity source and emit zero carbon dioxide, smoke and noise. In addition to lowering the company's carbon footprint, they also lower costs while increasing delivery speed.

Currently, there are 41 KFC restaurants that offer delivery service and 50 electric scooters in use. KFC Malaysia plans to expand its delivery service and usage of electric scooters and Pizza Hut plans to follow in the near future.


KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants across the United States are demonstrating their commitment to hunger relief by participating in the Harvest Program and donating surplus products to local hunger relief agencies. Through Harvest, the brands serve nearly 10 million meals of our product to over 3,000 non-profit agencies each year. Redirecting wholesome, safe-to-eat product is a responsible alternative to discarding any surplus—helping to feed the hungry in local communities. In total, $763 million of fair market trade food has been donated in the U.S. through Harvest since launching in 1992.

These donations are not only helping individuals in need, they are also creating a healthier and safer environment across the country. When food is disposed in a landfill, it quickly breaks down and becomes a significant source of methane—a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. By donating our product, we are reducing, reusing and recycling product while helping those in need. Since our program began, we have diverted over 150,000 tons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere!