Yum China Receives 'A' Rating from MSCI ESG

Yum China Receives 'A' Rating from MSCI ESG

December 16 - 2021 Coffee Geography Magazine

Yum China Holdings, Inc. has received an 'A' rating in the latest MSCI Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Ratings for 2021. Yum China is one of only two restaurant chains to receive an 'A' rating, recognizing the Company's strong ESG performance. The company has exclusive rights in mainland China to KFC, China's leading quick-service fast food brand, Pizza Hut, the leading casual dining restaurant brand in China, and Taco Bell, a California-based restaurant chain serving innovative Mexican-inspired fast food.

"Sustainability is an integral part of our business and fundamental to our future success. We strive to work collaboratively with our stakeholders across the value chain to promote innovation for sustainable development," said Joey Wat, CEO of Yum China. "We are honored to receive the "A" rating from MSCI for our efforts and commitment to sustainable development."

Joey Wat, CEO of Yum China
Joey Wat, CEO of Yum China

According to the company’s statement, Yum China's industry leading position in the MSCI ESG Ratings is driven by the Company's continued progress and efforts in ESG. MSCI announced that Yum China outperformed industry peers in the following areas: Corporate Governance, Packaging Material & Waste and Opportunities in Nutrition & Health. MSCI also awarded Yum China a Best-in-Class score for board performance and acknowledged the Company's detailed policies on business ethics and corruption.

Yum China is actively involved in tackling plastic waste and carbon emissions by implementing improved sustainable packaging measures, targeting to reduce 30% (as compared to the 2019 baseline) of non-degradable plastic packaging weight by 2025 and is also committed to achieving 100% of FSC certified paper packaging. In addition, Yum China has committed to supporting the Paris Agreement by setting science-based emissions reduction targets and reaching a net-zero value chain GHGs emissions by 2050.

MSCI Inc. is the world's leading provider of ESG Indexes with over 1,500 equities and fixed income ESG Indexes designed to help institutional investors benchmark ESG investment performance and manage, measure and report on ESG mandates. MSCI ESG Ratings is designed to measure a company's resilience to long-term ESG risks.

Yum China's sustainability leadership is recognized through the Company's presence in leading sustainability indices and ratings. Notably, Yum China has once again been recognized as one of the industry leading companies for sustainability performance in the 2021 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). It has been selected as a member of both DJSI World Index and DJSI Emerging Market Index for the second consecutive year.

In addition, Yum China has partnered with the Italian coffee giant, Lavazza to explore and develop the Lavazza coffee shop concept in China. The Company had 11,415 restaurants in over 1,600 cities at the end of September 2021Yum China ranked # 363 on the Fortune 500 list and was named to TIME100 Most Influential Companies list in 2021. Yum China has been selected as member of both Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI): World Index and Emerging Market Index. In 2021, Yum China was named to the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and was certified as a Top Employer 2021 in China by the Top Employers Institute, both for the third consecutive year.

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