Global pledge to eliminate non-recoverable or non-reusable plastic-based packaging by 2025

Being one of the largest quick service restaurant chains, we share a global sustainability commitment that all plastic-based, consumer-facing packaging will be recoverable or reusable by 2025. The goal supports KFC’s long-term plan to implement a more sustainable packaging strategy in its restaurants – both by developing and using sustainable packaging options, and builds on progress made in some markets to eliminate plastics such as straws and lids, completely.

"As a global brand that operates in more than 22,000 restaurants in over 135 countries, KFC is in a position to have a real impact on how the industry approaches waste and packaging management overall," said Tony Lowings, Chief Executive Officer of KFC. "With environmental sustainability as a core aspect of how we do business, this commitment represents a public acknowledgement of the obligation we have to address these serious issues."

To meet these goals, we have developed a roadmap that includes partnering with major suppliers to identify plastic alternatives. We are also working on several key initiatives related to achieving these goals, including conducting an audit of current systems to identify plastic waste reduction opportunities; partnering with suppliers to identify sustainable packaging alternatives for items like straws, plastic bags, cutlery and lids.
Locally, KFC is also proud to be supporting to take responsibility for putting rubbish in its place, in New Zealand.


Fried chicken is our pride and joy, and it's our job to ensure every aspect of our chicken- from farm to fingers- is carefully considered with quality and sustainability in mind.

  • Because we work with fresh ingredient daily, food safety is our number one priority, starting with a culture of food safety that resonates from the top down and includes regular audits of our suppliers, distributors and restaurants.
  • We're constantly innovating and finding distinct ways to make delicious fried chicken that's wrapped in goodness and provides choice- from the ingredients we use to the wholesome sides that complete a meal.
  • We make our food the way the Colonel did- with real cooks, using freshly-prepared good food and unrelenting quality control. We’re committed to transparency, telling the stories of our finger lickin’ good food.