When it comes to our impact on the environment, we recognize that what we do today will matter tomorrow. Guided by our Serving Responsibly commitment, we actively work to make business decisions that serve the interests of our guests, franchisees, communities and the planet today and for years to come – by reducing our packaging, improving the efficiency of our restaurants, and sourcing our ingredients more sustainably.
Together with our franchisees, we continuously assess our packaging – from our Dunkin’ Donuts coffee cups, bagel bags, donut boxes and napkins, to our Baskin-Robbins pink spoons, cone wrappers, yogurt cups and more – and look for opportunities for continuous improvement.
Over the past few years, we have reduced the amount of waste generated by the items our guests use the most. For example, the napkins in our U.S. Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants are made with 100% recycled content and are recyclable, biodegradable and compostable. Our Baskin-Robbins paper bags are also recyclable, biodegradable and compostable, as are our waffle cone paper wrappers. In 2014, we transitioned our U.S. Dunkin’ Donuts bagel bags to 100% recycled paper and our Baskin-Robbins pink spoon to a recyclable spoon made of #5 polypropylene plastic.
In 2012, we announced a goal to find an alternative to our foam cup in the U.S. within two to three years. As part of that commitment, we have examined every commercially available material and tested both a double-walled paper cup and a #5 recyclable polypropylene cup in restaurants in the U.S. Based on our efforts to date, we believe that an expanded polypropylene (#5 plastic) cup is the best available alternative to foam, and we are using this cup in restaurants located in municipalities that have imposed a foam ban. This cup is the result of a number of years of research by Dunkin’ Donuts to find a cup that would keep beverages hot, hands cool and be accepted in many municipal recycling programs. However, the cup does not fully satisfy all our criteria for performance, environmental impact and cost. As such, we are not prepared to transition fully out of foam at this time, but we will continue to test all available cups and lids until we have found the best solution based on performance, environmental impacts and cost.
While our supply chains for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins are complex and different in the U.S. and internationally, we strive to source all of our products as sustainably as possible.
While Dunkin’ Brands is a relatively small user of palm oil, we know sourcing even limited amounts of palm oil irresponsibly can contribute to deforestation, loss of natural habitats and other environmental and human rights concerns. In 2014, we issued our Sustainable Palm Oil Guidelines and announced a commitment to source only 100% sustainable palm oil in the United States by 2016. We will work with our suppliers and franchisee-owned purchasing cooperative to source palm oil that is 100% fully traceable to the mill by the end of 2015, and to the plantation by the end of 2016 for use in Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. restaurants. To read our progress updates toward our efforts to map our international palm oil supply chain and develop a phased implementation plan, please click here.
To further our commitment to stopping deforestation, we are also committed to issuing a global sustainable paper and pulp policy for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins by the end of 2016.
Dunkin’ Brands cares about the way animals are raised and treated, and we recognize animal welfare as a key part of a sustainable supply chain. In December 2015, we announced a commitment to source 100 percent of the eggs for our U.S. menu from cage-free sources by 2025. This followed an announcement in March 2015 that Dunkin' Donuts would source 10 percent of the eggs for U.S. breakfast sandwiches from cage-free sources by December 31, 2016. According to The Humane Society of the United States, Dunkin’ Donuts’ switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs will benefit approximately 1.4 million egg laying hens annually. We have also committed to mapping our international supply chain to understand the feasibility of transitioning to 100% cage-free eggs globally.
Dunkin' Brands also supports industry efforts to transition to gestation crate-free pork. We have committed to eliminating gestation crates from our U.S. pork supply chain by 2022.
To read our current animal welfare policy, please click here.
Dunkin’ Brands works with organizations like the Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade USA to help ensure we are sourcing sustainably throughout our global supply chain – especially when it comes to our most important commodities, like coffee – and having a positive impact on farming communities worldwide. Since 2010, Dunkin' Brands has granted a total of $310,000 to the Rainforest Alliance to fund training projects and provide technical assistance to smallholder farmers.
Dunkin’ Donuts offers two permanent certified products – Dunkin’ Donuts 30% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Dark Roast Blend in the U.S., and Dunkin’ Donuts 100% Fair Trade Certified™ espresso in the U.S. and internationally – in addition to a number of limited time offers throughout the year.
We are always looking for ways to improve the sustainability of our Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants through restaurant design, equipment and operations. Although most of our restaurants are owned and operated by our franchisees, we provide the tools, guidance and resources they need in order to build and manage more sustainable restaurants. In 2014, we launched DD Green Achievement™, designed to help U.S. Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees build sustainable, energy-efficient restaurants.
There are currently three LEED-certified™ Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Florida, and a growing number of DD Green Achievement restaurants across the country. To read more about our DD Green Achievement program, please click DD Green Achievement.
Climate and Energy
Since 2011, Dunkin’ Brands has worked with the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Climate Corps program to identify potential reductions in energy use and utility costs in our corporate facilities, company-owned restaurants, and franchised restaurants.
At our corporate headquarters and learning facilities, we have prioritized educating employees on adopting more sustainable habits and implementing energy efficiency measures like installing motion-sensor activated lights and LED lighting, placing HVAC units on a schedule to turn on and off depending on occupancy and turning off all menu boards at night.
You can view our 2010-2014 GHG data in our latest CSR Report. In 2016, we will also be issuing a progress report on DD Green Achievement, which will provide energy reductions achieved by our DD Green Achievement stores when compared to our regular Dunkin’ Donuts stores.