While Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Pizza Hut might not seem a natural fit, they are a winning combo for fast food conglomerate Yum! Brands.
With more stores than McDonald's in 100 countries, Yum's corporate abuse has affected people on all levels of its operations.
Yum! Brands and its fast food competitors strive to sell food cheaply, which comes at the expense of agricultural workers. Under public pressure Taco Bell agreed to pay higher rates for tomatoes, modestly increasing the pay of nearly 1,000 workers who earn an average of $7,500 per year. This agreement set an important precedent, but the company has the capacity to do more.
Yum! has been cited for sourcing toys from sweatshops, abusing labor standards in its stores and lacking transparency with regard to GMOs in its food. Yum! has also failed to address the environmental damages caused by its supply chain.