Responsible Sourcing Commitments

Responsible Sourcing Commitments

Cage-Free Eggs

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.


Sow-Housing

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.


Broiler Chicken Welfare

At RBI, we are committed to continuously improving animal welfare within our supply chain.

To increase the welfare of broiler chickens, we recognize that wide-scale change will take time and must be undertaken in a thoughtful manner using best practices supported by science and rigorous research. The Global Animal Partnership (GAP) standards offers solutions in the areas of breed, stocking density and environment and we will work with our suppliers, animal welfare experts and others in our industry, to align on these solutions. It is our intention to make changes to achieve improved welfare, and to ask our suppliers to verify their progress via third party auditing.

Our vision is to achieve the following in the US and Canada by 2024:

●    Transition to using breeds determined to have better welfare outcomes
●    Provide more space by reducing maximum stocking density, per GAP Standards
●    Enhance living environments including litter quality, lighting and enrichments, per GAP Standards
●    Utilize a multi-step controlled-atmosphere stunning system

In selecting these improvements and pursuing alignment with GAP standards, we are joining a growing number of companies in our industry in supporting the scale of change needed to achieve this vision.


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.


To view all other responsible sourcing commitments please see our 2016 Sustainability Framework.