It is widely agreed that humankind is using the Earth’s natural resources faster than they can regenerate, and that everyone – including companies in every industry as well as consumers worldwide – needs to play a part in building a more environmentally sustainable society. This section describes Kellogg Company’s efforts to minimize our environmental footprint and develop more sustainable solutions.
Our Environmental Goals and Commitments
In our manufacturing operations, we are working to:
- reduce our energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and water use (per metric tonne of food produced) by 15-20 percent from 2005 to 2015, and
- decrease waste sent to landfill (per metric tonne of food produced) by 20 percent from 2009 to 2015 (after already reducing this metric by 41.5 percent from 2005 to 2009).
We have also joined with other consumer goods companies to help stop deforestation. The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) pledged in late 2010 to mobilize its collective resources to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. As a member of the CGF, we support this commitment. For example, we do not purchase soy products from tropical deforested regions. Instead, we purchase soy almost exclusively from the U.S., with some supply for our Latin American operations sourced from Argentina. Our commitments regarding the sourcing of palm oil and packaging material also grew out of the CGF deforestation pledge.
CGF members also pledged in 2010 to take action to phase out certain refrigerants that are potent greenhouse gases. Kellogg Company’s six frozen foods manufacturing plants, all of which are in the U.S., use ammonia in their large-scale refrigeration systems. Ammonia is a natural refrigerant and is not a greenhouse gas.