Dunkin' Brands Shares Progress Towards Sustainability Goals in New Sustainability Report
Focusing on the key pillars of the company's sustainability strategy – sustainable food, restaurants and communities – the report highlights
Key goals and accomplishments detailed include:
Transitioning from foam: Dunkin' is on track to meet a watershed sustainability goal, the elimination of polystyrene foam cups in its global supply chain by mid-2020. In its U.S. restaurants, Dunkin' has begun rolling out a new double-walled paper cup for all hot beverages, offering heat retention properties that are equal to its foam cup and the current re-closable lid that Dunkin' customers know and love. The elimination of foam is expected to remove approximately one billion foam cups from the waste stream annually.
Dunkin' also recently conducted a successful test for a new hot coffee cup lid made of #5 polypropylene that can be recycled in cities and towns that offer #5 recycling. Dunkin' projects to have the new lid in 100% of its U.S. system by the middle of 2020. This transition, along with the move to the double-walled paper cup, will remove 19 million pounds of polystyrene from the waste stream annually.
Supporting coffee sustainability: In 2018, Dunkin' and National DCP (NDCP) announced a five-year agreement with
Offering vegan and plant-based options: Providing choice is a key element of menu innovation at
Offering cleaner menu labels: Dunkin' successfully removed artificial dyes from all donuts, baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and coffee flavorings and nearly all frozen beverages. Additionally, Baskin-Robbins removed artificial dyes from its ice cream sold at both its restaurants and in quarts and pints at retail locations, as well as from its syrups, sauces and beverages.
Improving energy efficiency: Dunkin' launched DD Green Achievement™ five years ago, designed to help its franchisees build more sustainable and energy-efficient restaurants. With more than 340 certified DD Green Achievement shops as of
DD Green Achievement is also a key component of Dunkin's next-generation store design. Unveiled at the start of 2018, Dunkin' will bring its store-of-the-future experience to guests in all of its communities over the coming years.
Bringing joy to kids who need it most: The Joy in Childhood Foundation®, powered by Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins, has granted
In 2018, the Foundation launched Dogs for Joy, a national in-residence facility dog program for children's hospitals that aims to increase the number of service dogs who work full-time in children's hospitals, providing comfort and joy to pediatric patients and playing a key role in their therapeutic care.
Committing to diversity and inclusion: Dunkin' Brands received a perfect score of 100 on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation's premier benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.
"We are proud of the progress we are making to serve our guests in an even more responsible manner -- from eliminating foam cups, introducing plant-based proteins and vegan options, strengthening the sustainability of our coffee supply, giving back to our communities through our Foundation and more," said
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Michelle King, Sr. Director, Global Public Relations, Michelle.King@dunkinbrands.com, 781-737-5200