Yum China Releases First TCFD Report, Advancing its Commitment to Climate Action

SHANGHAI, July 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Yum China Holdings, Inc. (the "Company" or "Yum China", NYSE: YUMC and HKEX: 9987) today released its first climate-focused report in accordance with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations. Aligned with Yum China’s commitment to driving towards net-zero value chain GHG emissions by 2050, the Company outlines in the report its approach to addressing climate-related risks and opportunities and highlights key progress it has made on climate action.

Yum China 2021 Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Report
Yum China 2021 Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Report

"At Yum China, we recognize potential risks and opportunities across the value chain brought by climate change. We are fully committed to the positive role we can play in the transition to a lower-carbon economy," said Joey Wat, CEO of Yum China. "Yum China’s first TCFD report is an important step towards enhancing the climate resilience of our business model. Moving forward, we will continue to work closely with all our stakeholders to make meaningful progress towards a more sustainable future." 

The report is structured around the four TCFD pillars: Governance, Strategy, Risk Management, and Metrics and Targets.

  • GovernanceYum China’s systematic and comprehensive sustainability governance mechanism helps ensure that climate-related matters are managed from the Board to the operations teams.
  • StrategyYum China has identified transition and physical risks and conducted climate-related scenario analysis to assess the potential impact of those material risks on the Company’s businesses under hypothetical climate futures. In turn, this helps guide the Company’s strategic planning and risk management.
  • Risk ManagementYum China has conducted risk screening, and disclosed how climate-related risks are effectively addressed within its existing risk management measures in four aspects: restaurants, supply chain, logistics, and product and services.
  • Metrics and TargetsYum China has developed a GHG emissions inventory across the entire value chain including upstream, downstream, and own operations, in accordance with the latest Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The Company uses the GHG emissions inventory as the basis to develop GHG emissions reduction targets. On June 8, 2022, Yum China submitted its near-term science-based GHG emissions reduction targets to Science Based Target initiative for validation.

The publication of the report is in line with the Company’s ongoing efforts to enhance transparency on climate action, adding further context and disclosures to previous Sustainability and CDP reports.

Learn more about Yum China’s TCFD report here.

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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, and COFFii & JOY concepts outright. In addition, Yum China has partnered with Lavazza to explore and develop the Lavazza coffee shop concept in China. The Company had 12,117 restaurants in over 1,700 cities at the end of March 2022.

In 2021, Yum China has been selected as a member of both Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI): World Index and Emerging Market Index. In 2022, Yum China ranked # 359 on the Fortune 500 list. The Company was also named to the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and was certified as a Top Employer 2022 in China by the Top Employers Institute, both for the fourth consecutive year. For more information, please visit http://ir.yumchina.com.

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