Kellogg has directly engaged with global palm oil suppliers and stakeholders since it began responsibly sourcing palm oil in 2009. In 2012, Kellogg began using mass balance palm oil in Europe, and in 2014 the company was able to shift its U.S. palm oil use to mass balance supply. All of the palm oil Kellogg has used since 2011 has been sourced through a combination of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified segregated supply, RSPO mass balance mixed-source supply, and the purchase of GreenPalm certificates.
"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, peatlands 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.
"By partnering closely with our suppliers to meet these expectations, we will work together to address the important topic of deforestation," Ms. Holdorf said. "Every year we make significant progress against this important priority, and as we seek to further advance these goals, we will continue to report annually on our progress."
In addition, Kellogg is:
Participating as a member of the 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.
Requiring through its Global Supplier Code of Conduct that suppliers commit to ethical business practices, respecting human rights, and reducing their impact on the environment.
Supporting the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) pledge to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020.