BATTLE CREEK, Mich.Kellogg Company has made a global commitment to work with palm oil suppliers to source fully traceable palm oil, produced in a manner that's environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable.
Kellogg is working through its supply chainfrom suppliers to processors to growersto ensure the palm oil it uses is sourced from plantations that uphold the company's commitment to protect forests and peat lands, as well as human and community rights.
In addition, Kellogg is participating as a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Oil Production (RSPO) and requiring that 100% of the palm oil it uses comes from suppliers that also are RSPO members operating in compliance with RSPO principles and criteria.
"As a socially responsible company, traceable, transparent sourcing of palm oil is important to us, and we are collaborating with our suppliers to make sure the palm oil we use is not associated with deforestation, climate change or the violation of human rights," said Diane Holdorf, Kellogg Company chief sustainability officer.
To achieve its goals, Kellogg will require all global palm oil suppliers to trace palm oil to plantations that are independently verified as legally compliant; adherent to the company's principles for protecting forests, peat lands, and communities; and compliant with all RSPO principles and criteria. Suppliers must comply with the requirement by Dec. 31, 2015, or be working to close any gaps identified in their action plans.
The company also supports the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) pledge to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020.
In 2012, Kellogg's U.S. supplier diversity program experienced a nearly sixfold increase in spending, surpassing the $350 million milestone for the first time in 2011. In 2012, the program supported more than 200 companies owned by women, minorities and disabled veterans.