Sustainable Agriculture

Palm Oil

Commitment

As a socially responsible company, Kellogg has been committed to responsibly sourcing palm oil since 2009. All of the palm oil we use is sourced through a combination of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Certified Segregated supply chain, RSPO Mass Balance mixed-source supply chain and the purchase of GreenPalm certificates.

Kellogg is committed to working with our global palm oil suppliers to source fully traceable palm oil to known and certified sources that are environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable, in adherence to the following principles (see our Global Supplier Code of Conduct for additional details on our expectations):

  • Protect Forests
    • No development of High Carbon Stock forests and High Conservation Value areas
    • No burning in the preparation of new plantings, re-plantings or any other developments
    • Progressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions on existing plantations
    • Adherence to all relevant national laws, as well as RSPO or equivalent certification criteria
  • Protect peat lands
    • No new development on peat areas regardless of depth
    • Apply Best Management Practices for existing plantations on peat
  • Protect human and community rights
    • Respect and support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    • Respect and recognize the rights of all workers regardless of gender, including contract, temporary and migrant workers
    • Prohibit use of forced and child labor, and human trafficking
    • Respect Land Tenure Rights, including the rights of indigenous and local communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent to all new development or operations on lands to which they hold legal, communal or customary rights
    • Facilitate the inclusion of smallholders into the supply chain
    • Resolve all valid complaints and conflicts through an open, transparent and consultative process

Implementation Plan

We are working to achieve the above commitments in the following ways.

  • Communicating this commitment to our direct suppliers.
  • Requiring our suppliers to trace palm oil to plantations that are independently verified as legally compliant, meet the above principles for protecting forest, peat lands, and human and community rights, and comply with all RSPO principles and criteria, with a target of December 31, 2015 for traceability with action plans to close gaps.
  • Participating as a member of the RSPO and requiring that 100 percent of the palm oil we use comes from suppliers that are RSPO members, and operate in compliance with the RSPO Principles and Criteria.
  • Requiring, through our Global Supplier Code of Conduct, that our suppliers commit to ethical business practices, respecting human rights, and reducing their impact on the environment.
  • Asking our suppliers to demonstrate a progressive reduction in the GHG emissions of the plantations that they source from and report on the GHG emissions of their operations.
  • Supporting the Consumer Goods Forum pledge to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020, as a member of the organization.
  • Reporting annual progress for achieving the above commitment against which we publicly report.

Milestones

Although Kellogg is a very small user of palm oil, we have directly engaged with our global palm oil suppliers since our work to responsibly source palm oil began in 2009. Each year, our progress has continued:

  • In 2009 and 2010, we purchased GreenPalm certificates to cover some of our palm oil use.
  • In 2011, we began purchasing GreenPalm certificates to cover 100 percent of our global palm oil use.
  • In 2012, we began being using a combination of RSPO Certified Segregated and Mass Balance supplies of palm oil for Europe and continued our commitment to cover 100 percent of the remaining palm oil used globally with the purchase of GreenPalm certificates.
  • In 2014, we were able to begin using RSPO Mass Balance for palm oil used in the U.S. and continued our commitment to cover 100 percent of the remaining palm oil used globally with the purchase of GreenPalm certificates.
  • In 2014, all of the palm oil we use is sourced through a combination of RSPO Certified Segregated supply (7%), Mass Balance supply (66%), or covered by the purchase of GreenPalm certificates (27%).