Quantifiable Guidelines Will Focus on Chicken Health and Farming Practices, and Help Track Progress Over Time
July 14, 2020, Plano, Texas- With more than 24,000 restaurants in over 145 countries and territories across the world, KFC announces next steps on its chicken welfare journey. As part of its long-standing commitment to a sustainable supply chain, KFC is introducing new global chicken welfare guidelines. These will operate as guidance, and in the instance that a country or territory has existing animal welfare regulations and expected industry practices, they will continue to be upheld. The brand plans to work with its chicken farmers, suppliers and partners in communities around the world to improve the overall health and well-being of chickens raised for food.
These new guidelines focus on chicken health and farming practices across all areas of the supply chain, including raising, handling, transporting, and processing. The guidelines are the culmination of an extensive evaluation process conducted over the past year, in conjunction with KFC suppliers, partners and third-party industry experts worldwide.
“Chicken. It’s in our name, and it’s what we know best. That’s one reason I’m proud of these new guidelines, which reiterate KFC’s long-standing commitment to the humane treatment of the chickens we raise for food,” said Tony Lowings, chief executive officer at KFC Global. “Being transparent about how we are tracking and evaluating that commitment is an important step in our journey to continuously improve.”
The new guidelines build upon the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare, which have long been globally adopted by professional groups that focus on animal welfare, including the American Humane Society, World Organisation for Animal Health, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Specifically, KFC’s global chicken welfare guidelines address and assess progress in the areas outlined below. Each country and territory, in compliance with local regulations and supply chain status, will measure and track different categories accordingly:
Mobility while chickens are raised
Overall chicken health and minimization of medical interventions
Mental and physical stress
Additionally, KFC’s suppliers are required to meet all local laws, regulations and supplier codes globally, as outlined in the Yum! Supplier Code of Conduct policy.
KFC’s approach to chicken welfare is based on the holistic, science-based Sustainable Animal Protein Principles outlined by parent company Yum! Brands. These principles consider the interrelated, complex issues involved in maintaining sustainable food production systems, including animal welfare, food security, and environmental impact. KFC’s chicken welfare roadmap is part of Yum!’s broader citizenship and sustainability strategy and will continue to evolve over time.
KFC, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM.), is a global chicken restaurant brand with a rich, decades-long history of success and innovation. It all started with one cook, Colonel Harland Sanders, who created a finger lickin’ good recipe more than 75 years ago, a list of secret herbs and spices scratched out on the back of the door to his kitchen. Today we still follow his formula for success, with real cooks breading and freshly preparing our delicious chicken by hand in more than 24,000 restaurants in over 145 countries and territories around the world. For more information, visit https://global.kfc.com/.