Human and Labor Rights Policy at Yum! Brands
Yum! Brands is committed to maintaining a work environment that respects and supports human rights for all of our employees around the world. We will not employ underage children or forced laborers and we prohibit physical punishment or abuse. We respect the right of all employees to associate or not to associate with any group, as permitted by applicable laws and regulations. We comply with all local labor laws in every market where we operate. We promote, protect and help ensure the equal enjoyment of human rights by all persons, including those with disabilities, minorities and women. We have and will continue to partner with various stakeholders to collect input and help guide our human rights efforts.
Ethics and Compliance
Yum! Brands’ success is built on the integrity and high ethical standards of our associates. Our ethics and compliance program, based on our Worldwide Code of Conduct, demands the highest ethical standards in all of our operations around the globe.
Worldwide Code of Conduct
Yum!’s Worldwide “Code of Conduct” is more than a document – it is the foundation for the way we conduct ourselves and do business throughout the world. It calls for the highest standards of ethical behavior from our Board members, executives and 1.5 million associates. The Code of Conduct sets forth the policies and procedures regarding standards of conduct that are required of Yum! directors and employees. The Code of Conduct is intended to help employees conform to high ethical standards and to protect Yum! and its employees' reputations.
The Code is published in English, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Turkish. It can be found at www.yum.com/investors/governance/conduct.asp.
Yum! recognizes that one of its greatest strengths lies in the talent and ability of its employees. Employees are expected to hold themselves accountable to the highest professional standards, with mutual respect being the basis of all professional relationships. Human resource goals have been established to guide the Company activities in employee relations. It is the Company’s policy:
- to deal fairly with employees;
- to provide equal opportunity for all in recruiting, hiring, developing, promoting and compensating without regard to race, religion, color, age, gender, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, citizenship, national origin, or other legally protected status;
- to maintain a professional, safe and discrimination-free work environment;
- to recognize and compensate employees based on their performance; and
- to provide a competitive array of benefits.
Sexual, racial, ethnic, religious or any other type of harassment has no place in the Yum! work environment. Racial, ethnic and religious harassment includes such conduct as slurs, jokes, intimidation or any other verbal or physical attack upon a person because of race, religion or national origin.
Supplier Code of Conduct
Yum! Brands is committed to conducting its business in an ethical, legal and socially responsible manner. To encourage compliance with all legal requirements and ethical business practices by Yum! Brands suppliers and subcontractors, Yum! has established it’s Supplier Code of Conduct (the “Code”) for Yum!’s US suppliers (“Suppliers”).
The Yum! Supplier Code of Conduct sets forth our expectations and minimum standards for all Suppliers and subcontractors in our US market. The code addresses working hours and conditions, non-discrimination, child labor and forced or indentured labor. We require Suppliers to conduct audits and inspections to verify compliance with the code. In addition, we reserve the right to conduct unannounced assessments, audits and inspections of Supplier facilities. Violations lead to disciplinary action, including termination of the Supplier relationship for repeated violations or noncompliance.
Compliance with Laws and Regulations
Suppliers are required to abide by all applicable laws, codes or regulations including, but not limited to, any local, state or federal laws regarding wages and benefits, workmen’s compensation, working hours, equal opportunity, worker and product safety, and conflict minerals. Yum! also expects that Suppliers will conform their practices to the published standards for their industry.
Working Hours & Conditions: In compliance with applicable laws, regulations, codes and industry standards, Suppliers are expected to ensure that their employees have safe and healthy working conditions and reasonable daily and weekly work schedules. Employees should not be required to work more than the number of hours allowed for regular and overtime work periods under applicable local, state and federal law.
Non-Discrimination: Suppliers should implement a policy to effectuate all applicable local and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in hiring and employment on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, physical disability, national origin, creed or any other basis prohibited by law.
Child Labor: Suppliers should not use workers under the legal age for employment for the type of work being performed in any facility in which the Supplier is doing work for Yum!. In no event should Suppliers use employees younger than 14 years of age.
Forced and Indentured Labor: In accordance with applicable law, no Supplier should perform work or produce goods for Yum using labor under any form of indentured servitude, nor should threats of violence, physical punishment, confinement, or other form of physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal harassment or abuse be used as a method of discipline or control.
Notification to Employees: To the extent required by law, Suppliers should establish company-wide policies implementing the standards outlined in this Code and post notices of those policies for their employees. The notices should be in all languages necessary to fully communicate the policy to its employees.
Audits and Inspections
Each Supplier should conduct audits and inspections to insure their compliance with this Code and applicable legal and contractual standards. In addition to any contractual rights of Yum! or Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, LLC (RSCS), the Supplier’s failure to observe the Code may subject them to disciplinary action, which could include termination of the Supplier relationship. The business relationship with Yum! and RSCS is strengthened upon full and complete compliance with the Code and the Supplier’s agreements with Yum! and RSCS.
The Code is a general statement of Yum!’s expectations with respect to its Suppliers. The Code should not be read in lieu of but in addition to the Supplier’s obligations as set out in any agreements between Yum! or RSCS and the Supplier. In the event of a conflict between the Code and an applicable agreement, the agreement shall control.
NOTE: Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, LLC is the supply chain purchasing co-op for U.S. company-owned and most franchised KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants.