At Restaurant Brands International (RBI), animal welfare is an issue of importance for us and our stakeholders, including our restaurant owners, suppliers, and guests.
RBI's global commitment is to improve animal welfare in our supply chain. While we are not directly involved in the raising, handling, transportation or processing of animals, we consider animal welfare to apply to all aspects of farm animal care within our supply chain.
As a demonstration of our commitment to animal welfare, RBI is committed to transitioning to 100% cage-free eggs globally—and will accomplish that goal for our U.S., Canadian, Mexican and Latin American Burger King and Tim Hortons locations by 2025.
Restaurant Brands International is committed to working with suppliers, researchers and the pork industry to improve the welfare of sows by transitioning to more humane forms of housing.
Looking forward, Restaurant Brands International is committed to sourcing pork globally only from suppliers that do not use gestation stalls, and we aim to accomplish this goal in North America by 2022 and in Latin America by 2025.
We continue engaging with our partners at The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International to better understand these issues and others like it.
RBI Commitment to the Responsible Use of Antibiotics
In order for our brands to provide high quality, safe food to our guests, we believe that we have a responsibility to ensure the health and welfare of food animals.
We recognize that antibiotics play an important and delicate role in animal wellbeing and human health. Antibiotics are sometimes required to control and treat disease to maintain animal health and welfare. We require our suppliers to purchase products only from farmers that administer antibiotics in a judicious and responsible manner when treatment is necessary, in keeping with veterinary and regulatory requirements.
In 2016, we have been collaborating with our working group of suppliers and academics as well as monitoring the guidance of external experts such as the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with respect to the matter of antibiotic resistance.
We believe that it is important to reduce the use of antibiotics important for human medicine in order to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics in both veterinary and human medicine.
With this in mind, we aim to eliminate the use of antibiotics deemed by the World Health Organization as “critically important” to human medicine from our chicken supply chain in the United States in 2017 and in Canada in 2018.
We will work with our supply chain partners to support and implement these changes.
It is important to note that all suppliers are currently required by law to adhere to legislated antibiotic withdrawal times. These practices ensure that all antibiotics have cleared each animal’s system before it enters the food supply.
There are global concerns regarding the environmental issues resulting from the production of palm oil, particularly the impact on greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss. While we are a relatively small user of palm oil globally, we are committed to doing our part to protect against deforestation and land conversion arising from palm oil production.
Restaurant Brands International is committed to working together with our suppliers to source palm oil that does not contribute to deforestation nor development on peatlands, and protects both High Conservation Value and High Carbon Stock areas.
To demonstrate progress toward this long-term goal, we developed the following milestones:
- By the end of 2015, all palm oil sourced will support the production of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified sustainable palm oil through the purchase of GreenPalm certificates.
- By 2020, all palm oil sourced as well as palm oil and palm kernel oil used as an ingredient in our branded products will be from suppliers who can verify sustainable production.
It is expected that timelines for achieving verified sustainable production may differ by market, as a result of accessibility. However, these milestones outline our minimum performance.
All palm oil sourced by Restaurant Brands International and branded products with greater than 1% palm oil / palm kernel oil as an ingredient.
Collaboration & Continuous Improvement
Our palm oil suppliers are required to be members of RSPO and to have a transition plan in place aligned to this commitment as outlined in the RBI Business Partner and Supplier Code of Conduct.
We will be working with our suppliers, with input from stakeholders and third party experts, to determine the best approach to meet our goals as the sustainable palm oil market advances. To date, approaches to verify sustainable production of palm oil purchased include: RSPO mass balance supply and RSPO certified segregated supply.
We will rely on a multi-stakeholder process, through RSPO and other third parties working to transform the palm oil supply chain, to seek continuous improvement to the options available.
Updates on progress will be shared through our annual Sustainability Report as well as through the RSPO Annual Communications of Progress (ACOP) process.