Message from Tony Lowings, Managing Director, KFC SOPAC

At KFC Australia, beyond the irresistible tasting food we serve we’re a company who is passionate and celebrates originality.

We support young Australians to be their best. We are deeply committed to creating a workplace where people from all walks of life can connect, learn and develop to their full potential. Through our employees we strive to create memorable experiences for our customers.

Our food is freshly prepared by real cooks, throughout each day. We appreciate that nutrition is just as important as taste, and continuously create a broad range of menu items – providing more choices for our consumers and exciting new options for them to try each time they visit.

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We are an organisation with a huge heart and believe in giving everyone a fair opportunity. We recognise our responsibility to the diverse communities we operate in, both locally and around the world.

We are committed to sustainability and make every effort to ensure our footprints upon this planet are as light as they can possibly be.

Our hunger for a more prosperous country and a smarter, sustainable world drives us to collaborate closely with franchisees, employees, suppliers, industry and government.

History of KFC

In 1930, in a humble service station in Corbin, Kentucky, 40-year old Harland Sanders began cooking for hungry travellers who stopped by for gas, serving them his southern-style fried chicken from his very own kitchen table. As word spread and Sanders' fame began to grow, people started travelling from far and wide just for a taste of his food. Sanders spent the next nine years perfecting his secret blend of 11 herbs and spices, and the basic cooking technique that's still used today.

In 2014, there are more than 18,000 KFC outlets in 118 countries and territories around the world.

Download Colonel Sanders' Autobiography and Cookbook PDF

Fast facts on KFC Australia

The first KFC store in Australia opened in 1968 in Guildford, NSW employing 25 people.

Today, KFC has grown to more than 600 stores across the country.

KFC Australia owns and operates around 160 stores with the remainder owned by our community of over 60 franchisees.

KFC Australia is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands Inc. We employ around 30,000 Australians and serve more than 2 million customers weekly.

Our approach to Corporate Social Responsibility

In our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, we examine the key areas our business operations impact and where we have the strongest ability to play a role.

Our objectives for this report are to:

  • Reinforce our commitment to CSR
  • Report on our performance to date under our four key pillars
  • Where possible, identify our future CSR direction, goals and policies
  • Engage in constructive dialogue with our stakeholders

As one of the largest quick service restaurant systems in Australia with over 600 restaurants and around 30,000 employees nationwide, we are conscious of the environment in which we operate and proactively look for opportunities to improve the lives of those we impact.

Our approach to CSR is dynamic, local in focus, yet always rooted in a “People Capability First” philosophy. We have worked diligently to understand the many opportunities we have in Australia, and to develop a strategy and structure to continually improve ourselves.

Throughout this report, we engage internal and external stakeholders for their perspectives on our CSR efforts. These discussions will help shape our actions and communications.