Planet

Our Approach

At Restaurant Brands International, protecting the planet for future generations and for the sustainability of our business is paramount. Areas of focus within the planet pillar are: climate action, packaging and recycling, green buildings, and responsible sourcing. Our commitments and progress for each of these areas can be found in the dashboard below.

Climate Action:

Climate change is undoubtedly one of the most pressing issues facing our society, with consequences affecting our guests, employees, suppliers, and other stakeholders around the world. As one of the largest quick-service restaurant companies globally, we have an opportunity and an obligation to address climate change head on and do our part to help reduce its harmful effects.

Our ambition is to become part of the solution. That means reducing our emissions at scale and investing in protecting and regenerating natural ecosystems that play a role in absorbing or storing carbon. We’ve set ambitious science-based targets to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are now focused on refining and executing our abatement strategy.

Packaging and Recycling:

Packaging helps us safely and conveniently serve our guests the food they love, but we know that packaging and plastic waste is threatening the health of our planet and we have a responsibility to help solve this challenge. Working closely with our suppliers, we are innovating to reduce our use of packaging, transition to more sustainable materials and help our guests to reuse and recycle.

Green Buildings:

With four restaurant support centers and over 27,000 locations around the world, Restaurant Brands International and our brands are working to reduce the impact that our business has on the environment and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. In order to help our restaurant owners minimize their environmental footprints, our restaurant design teams are developing new building standards that incorporate the use of leading industry products and practices focused on reducing usage of water, energy, and waste, in both new restaurants and updates to our existing locations.

Responsible Sourcing:

Food production can be resource intensive and environmentally impactful, which is why we’re committed to responsibly sourcing the food we serve. Our commitment extends to our supply chain and the people, land and animals that may be impacted by our business. Participation in multi-stakeholder roundtables and active engagement with our suppliers supports industry wide advancements of sustainable sourcing practices for our priority commodities. At the same time, our quality assurance and supply chain teams work together to develop and uphold responsible sourcing standards through the procurement process.

Highlights

CLIMATE ACTION

  • RBI will collaborate with franchisees and suppliers to pursue science-based targets (SBTs) for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2030. Compared to a 2019 base year, by 2030, RBI aims to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 50%, as well as Scope 3 GHG emissions intensity by 50% per metric ton of food, and per franchise restaurant. This target was approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and based on the SBTi Criteria and Recommendations.
  • In addition, RBI has set a target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.

PACKAGING AND RECYCLING

  • We estimate that over 4 billion units of packaging across Tim Hortons, Burger King and Popeyes will be improved by the end of 2021 through sustainable packaging initiatives.
  • Burger King and Tim Hortons announced a partnership with zero-waste packaging provider, Loop, to pilot a new reusable and returnable packaging system for food and beverages on the go, making circular packaging models more convenient and accessible for guests.

GREEN BUILDINGS

  • Energy efficient equipment pilots will be launched in 2021 at one North American restaurant per brand. In 2022, we will begin to implement successful elements at new and remodeled restaurants and plan to incorporate some of these measures into our global restaurant design standards in the future.
  • RBI has set a goal that by 2030, 50% of electricity used by franchise restaurants globally will be from renewable energy sources.
  • We plan to purchase credits so that 100% of electricity used in our corporate offices, corporate restaurants, Tim Hortons distribution centers and manufacturing facilities will be from renewable energy sources in 2022.

RESPONSIBLE SOURCING

  • To identify the most significant areas of environmental impact in our supply chain, we conducted our first global Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) of all food, beverage, and packaging categories, covering impacts across carbon, water, and waste. This assessment will inform the ongoing development of our responsible sourcing strategy, where we will initially focus on emissions reduction.
  • Burger King, Tim Hortons, and Popeyes have committed to using 100% cage-free eggs in North America, Western Europe, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand by the end of 2025, representing 92% of our global egg requirements. In the remaining regions, we are committed to using 100% cage-free eggs by the end of 2030.

Looking Forward

Our goals over the next year.

  • Pilot energy efficient equipment in one North American restaurant per brand in 2021 to implement in select new and remodeled restaurants starting in 2022.

  • All brands will continue to engage suppliers to advance their efforts towards eliminating deforestation.

  • Supplier engagement program begins – RBI will support some of our most carbon-intensive suppliers on their climate journey, with the goal of helping them to calculate their own greenhouse gas footprints and set their own climate targets.

  • We plan to purchase credits so that 100% of electricity used in our corporate offices, corporate restaurants, Tim Hortons distribution centers and manufacturing facilities will be from renewable energy sources in 2022.

  • Popeyes will continue to phase out expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam from all centrally managed guest packaging globally and by the end of 2021 will require that markets do not use EPS foam for any local guest packaging items.

  • The Popeyes brand is working towards eliminating antibiotics important to human medicine* from their chicken supply chain for the US market by the end of 2021.

Performance Summary: Planet

Climate Action

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Science-Based Targets: Compared to a 2019 base year, by 2030, RBI aims to reduce:

  • Absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 50%
  • Scope 3 GHG emissions intensity by 50% per metric ton of food
  • Scope 3 GHG emissions intensity by 50% per franchise restaurant

2030

RBI will collaborate with franchisees and suppliers to pursue science-based targets (SBTs) for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2030. These targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative(SBTi) and based on the SBTi Criteria and Recommendations.

Net-Zero: RBI aims to achieve net-zero emissions.

2050

RBI has set a target to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.

Transition corporate car and truck fleet to electric vehicles.

2030

By 2030, we plan to transition 100% of our corporate car fleet and more than 70% of the company’s truck fleet to electric vehicles. This transition begins in 2023.

Packaging & Recycling

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Continue our work to advance packaging sustainability by improving materials and reducing overall packaging used, especially single-use items.

Ongoing

By 2025, 100% of approved guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled or certified sources.

2025

We are in the process of collecting data to report on our status in this area.

Burger King and Tim Hortons require vendors to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources, globally. Popeyes is working towards implementing this requirement globally by 2021.

By 2021 we will phase out expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam from all centrally managed guest packaging globally and require that markets do not use EPS foam for any local guest packaging items.

2021

Tim Hortons approved packaging is already free from EPS foam, globally. While a limited number of Burger King restaurants may still have foam packaging items in their inventory, EPS foam has been eliminated globally from approved guest packaging offered by centrally managed distributors.

Burger King is committed to completely phasing out non bio-degradable plastic toys from its system worldwide by the end of 2025.

2025

Burger King UK has removed all plastic toys from its King Junior Meals, estimated to save 320 tons of single-use plastic annually.

Facilitate access to waste diversion including recycling, starting with recycling guest packaging in 100% of Burger King and Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada and the US by 2025.

2025

We are in the process of collecting data to report on our status in this area.

Green Buildings

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Design, build and operate restaurants to be measurably more sustainable using our restaurant design standards to reduce energy consumption, water use, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and waste.

Ongoing

In Burger King USA & EMEA, Tim Hortons Canada and US, and Popeyes Americas and EMEA, LED lighting in restaurants is the standard.

In Burger King US and Tim Hortons Canada and US, low-flow, automatic faucets are utilized to reduce water use and high-efficiency hand dryers used in restrooms eliminate waste from paper towels.

We are also working to reduce the use of water, energy and waste in our corporate offices around the world, known as Restaurant Support Centers (RSC).

Our Miami Restaurant Support Center building is proudly LEED Certified, and has added bike racks and electric car chargers for employees.

Implement global green restaurant building standards.

Ongoing

Energy efficient equipment pilots will be launched in 2021 at one North American restaurant per brand. In 2022, we will begin to implement successful elements at new and remodeled restaurants and plan to incorporate some of these measures into our global restaurant design standards in the future.

Source renewable energy for RBI’s buildings.

2022

We plan to begin purchasing credits so that 100% of electricity used in our corporate offices, corporate restaurants, Tim Hortons distribution centers and manufacturing facilities will be from renewable energy sources in 2022

Increase use of renewable energy in franchised restaurants over time.

2030

RBI has set a goal that 50% of electricity used by franchise restaurants globally will be from renewable energy sources by 2030.

Responsible Sourcing

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Uphold responsible sourcing practises across our supply chain.

We remain committed to our Code of Business Ethics and Conduct for Vendors, which requires suppliers to operate their businesses ethically and abide by all applicable laws and regulations.

Ongoing

All approved vendors will be required to certify their compliance with the Vendor Code through self-assessment questionnaires, prioritizing the highest risk vendors in 2020. Our compliance approach is supplemented with verification audits conducted for a sample of priority vendors.

To identify the most significant areas of environmental impact in our supply chain, we conducted our first global Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) of all food, beverage, and packaging categories, covering impacts across carbon, water, and waste. This assessment will inform the ongoing development of our responsible sourcing strategy, where we will initially focus on emissions reduction.

By 2030 or sooner, we will eliminate deforestation from priority commodities within our supply chain, including beef, palm oil, soy in poultry feed, coffee and fiber-based packaging.

2030

In 2020, we engaged with expert third parties, industry roundtables and suppliers to develop a Deforestation Policy that will support us to achieve our commitment to forests. The policy outlines requirements for both direct and indirect suppliers regarding: compliance (e.g. maintaining accountability via assurance programs), land use management & governance, traceability of commodities to farm origin, and workers’ rights. In 2021, we will work with internal and external stakeholders to develop an implementation strategy and timeline.

We are currently in the process of developing a global strategy and policy on animal feed. In 2019, Restaurant Brands International joined the Roundtable for Responsible Soy to support the advancement of traceability of soy as animal feed in the industry.

Source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources.

2021

Burger King and Tim Hortons require vendors to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources, globally. Popeyes is working towards implementing this requirement globally by 2021.

Sustainably source palm oil in accordance with our Palm Oil Sourcing Policy

Ongoing

100% of palm oil volumes within the scope of our sourcing policy are covered by RSPO certification or credits, supporting sustainable palm oil production. In 2020, 78% was RSPO certified Mass Balance or better.

Advance beef sustainability based on the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GSRB) principles.

Specifically, for Burger King restaurants in the US, increase the proportion of beef sourced that aligns with our vision for beef sustainability to 30% of the beef supply by 2022.

2022

We are proactively engaging with our peers, experts and industry stakeholders to advance beef sustainability through our participation in the GRSB and its associated regional roundtables, including the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB).

Burger King is currently supporting scientific efforts to reduce cattle-based methane emissions by adding lemongrass to their diet during the last three to four months of the cows’ lives, and has made the research and findings open source. Our next step is to expand the pilot in additional markets around the world, while continuing to study the potential of lemongrass, long-term impact (if any) on cows, and other potential variations to the Cows Menu initiative.

In 2020, Burger King and Cargill teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund and ranchers within the Northern Great Plains to launch a three-year grasslands restoration program. This initiative brings together two major companies who deliver beef to Americans to support the rehabilitation of unproductive soil into thriving ecosystems– with cattle playing a critical role. The goal of this program is to restore nearly 8,000 acres of grasslands that support ranchers, wildlife, and the environment.

Require strong animal welfare practices throughout our global supply chains to improve animal welfare outcomes.

Burger King, Tim Hortons, and Popeyes have committed to using 100% cage-free eggs in North America, Western Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand by the end of 2025. In the remaining regions, we are committed to using 100% cage-free eggs by the end of 2030.

Our brands are committed to eliminating the use of gestation crates for housing pregnant sows in our supply chain, globally. We’ve achieved this in our European** and African markets, and will follow in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand by 2022, in Latin America by 2025, in Russia & CIS by 2030 and in Asia Pacific by 2035 or sooner.

We’re also working towards eliminating the use of gestation crates for non-pregnant sows in our supply chain, starting by committing to achieve this in our European** markets by 2030 or sooner.

By 2024, in the US and Canada, Burger King, Popeyes, and im Hortons will target the following related to broiler chicken welfare:

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

Ongoing

To further our impact, in 2020 we engaged stakeholders including animal welfare advocates, suppliers, and experts to expand our animal welfare policy documents for each respective land-based species in our supply chain, given the unique breeding, raising, handling, and processing demands of each species.

The policies will detail our species-specific, commitments, expectations, and our approaches to accountability and transparency. That said, all of the policies will be consistent with our overall position and ambition.

While each policy’s commitments, expectations, and implementation are unique; accountability provisions and our approach to transparency and disclosure will be consistent.

As a next step, policies are being vetted with suppliers to ensure clarity and identify any implementation challenges.

Continue our commitments to good antimicrobial stewardship, requiring 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.

Ongoing

The chicken used in our sandwiches is raised without antibiotics important to human medicine* for Burger King US and Tim Hortons Canada. Popeyes US is working towards removing these from their chicken supply chain by the end of 2021.

In 2020 we engaged industry experts and suppliers to expand our policy related to antibiotics use in beef cattle and dairy cows. Our next step is to develop a strategy and timeline for implementation. By expanding this policy, our goal is to measure and understand the current use of antibiotics in the beef supply chain of each brand, and implement targets to reduce the use of antibiotics important to human medicine* in our supply chain and to end animal care practises that lead to their overuse.

Tim Hortons brand is committed to strengthening its approach and commitment to ethically sourcing coffee, and supporting the people, places and partners across its coffee supply chain.

Ongoing

Using third-party verification every three years and self-audits for the years in between, Tim Hortons verifies detailed compliance with our Vendor Code, confirming that its coffee is ethically sourced.

The last third-party verification was undertaken at the mill-level in 2017 and revealed no major compliance issues, however, areas of improvement are continuously pursued.

Self-audits were completed in 2018 and 2019, where Tim Hortons vendors conducted and provided self-audits to our vendor code that demonstrated consistency in quality management systems, safety of practises and ability to trace back to where the coffee was first purchased.



*As defined by the World Health Organization in Critically Important Antimicrobials for Human Medicine 6th Revision 2018.

**Europe defined as all of Europe minus Russia & CIS