companies assessed, 7 responded
companies assessed, 7 responded
are RSPO members
are buying certified sustainable palm oil
are buying 100% certified sustainable palm oil
Food service companies represent just 6% of all the companies in the scorecard and comprise just eleven companies in total. Less than two thirds of the food service companies responded to our questionnaire, which is the lowest response rate of the 3 sectors assessed.
With an average score of 9 for respondent companies, and 7.3 if including non-respondents, the food service companies scored the lowest of the sectors and is the only sector to pick up less than half of the points available. McDonalds leads the food service companies with a score of 13.75, placing it in the middle of the pack in terms of rankings. YUM! Brands and Sodexo trail further behind the pack as the next two highest scoring food service companies. Restaurant Brands International only scored 3 points, and - whilst classified as a Retailer in the Scorecard - it is worth mentioning alongside this sector as a large operator of fast food restaurants including Burger King and Tim Hortons.
Of the 16 points available under the “own supply chain” scoring section, respondent food service companies scored an average of eight points. Over three quarters of the food service companies have commitments to source 100% RSPO CSPO, and over half have commitments to source 100% CSPO by 2020.
Food service companies assessed in the scorecard claim to use 294,368 tonnes of palm oil - this represents just 3% of the total palm oil usage captured under the Scorecard. In relation to the proportion of this palm oil that is certified, 82% of food service companies declared that they were using some RSPO CSPO. Meanwhile, 55% of companies say they have achieved 100% RSPO CSPO for their palm oil supply chains. While this is an overall disappointing finding that is in line with other sectors, it should be noted that this represents a significant step forward by the food service sector since 2016, when our scorecard revealed that only 25% were fully covering their purchases with sustainable palm oil. However, there are questions regarding how accurately this sector - and to a certain extent all the sectors - have been at quantifying their actual dependence on palm oil via their declared volumes.
Only four of the food service companies assessed in the scorecard require their suppliers to have a zero deforestation policy. The food service sector performed similarly poorly in the area of traceability. Of the 11 companies included in the sector - only four companies require traceability to mills and only two require traceability to plantations.
Food service companies scored poorly compared to others in terms of their commitments to taking action “beyond their own supply chains” with only one of those assessed claiming to have done so. The average score for respondent food service companies in this section was 1.4 compared to the overall average of 2.7. Two-thirds of food service companies are members of the RSPO, but only , YUM! Brands, is a member of another action-oriented platform or is investing in on-the-ground initiatives.
What can you do?
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