Yum China Named Industry Leader in 2020 Dow Jones Sustainability Index

SHANGHAI, Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Yum China Holdings, Inc. (the "Company" or "Yum China", NYSE: YUMC and HKEX: 9987) has been named the Industry Leader for the Restaurant & Leisure Facilities Industry in the 2020 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). Yum China has also been selected as the member of 2020 DJSI World and DJSI Emerging Markets.

Yum China earned an impressive total score of 73 out of 100 points, compared with an industry average of 22 points. This reflects the Company’s strong performance across economic, environmental and social dimensions, receiving industry best scores in a number of criteria, including supply chain management, risk & crisis management, brand management, packaging as well as labor practice indicators.

"It is an honor to be named as an Industry Leader in this prestigious list of global sustainability leaders," said Joey Wat, CEO of Yum China. "As China’s leading restaurant company, this latest recognition is testament to our on-going commitment to working with stakeholders across the value chain to promote economic, social, and environmental sustainability."

Launched in 1999, the DJSI is one of the world’s foremost sustainability indices, analyzing more than 7,300 companies representing approximately 95% of global market capitalization. The DJSI World recognizes the top 10 percent of companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index for performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, while the DJSI Emerging Markets rewards the top 10% of the largest 800 companies in 20 emerging markets based on long-term ESG criteria.

"We congratulate Yum China for being included in the DJSI World & Emerging Markets. A DJSI distinction is a reflection of being a sustainability leader in your industry. With a record number of companies participating in the 2020 Corporate Sustainability Assessment and more stringent rules for inclusion this year, this sets your company apart and rewards your continued commitment to people and planet," said Manjit Jus, Global Head of ESG Research and Data, S&P Global.

As China’s largest restaurant company in terms of system sales, Yum China has a long-standing commitment to sustainability. Yum China’s sustainability strategy, "Creating a Responsible Ecosystem" (CARE), is fully integrated with the Company’s long-term business growth strategy and has for many years driven the continuous improvement of the Company’s ESG performance. By making sustainable development an integral part of business operations, Yum China is committed to providing safe and nutritious food for customers, while promoting mutually beneficial stakeholder relationships, thereby enhancing the Company’s long-term value.

For more information on Yum China’s corporate sustainability and CSR initiatives, please visit http://www.yumchina.com/respIndex 

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About Yum China Holdings, Inc.

Yum China Holdings, Inc. is a licensee of Yum! Brands in mainland China. It has exclusive rights in mainland China to KFC, China’s leading quick-service restaurant brand, Pizza Hut, the leading casual dining restaurant brand in China, and Taco Bell, a California-based restaurant chain serving innovative Mexican-inspired food. Yum China also owns the Little Sheep, Huang Ji Huang, East Dawning and COFFii & JOY concepts outright. Yum China also partners with Lavazza to explore and develop the Lavazza coffee shop concept in China. The Company had 10,150 restaurants in over 1,400 cities at the end of September 2020. Yum China ranked # 361 on the Fortune 500 list for 2020. In 2020, Yum China was named to the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and was certified as a Top Employer 2020 in China by the Top Employers Institute, both for the second consecutive year. For more information, please visit http://ir.yumchina.com.

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