Operating Ethically

Just as people want to know what’s in our foods and how they’re made, they are just as interested in how we treat our employees and care for our communities. At Kellogg, we live our values and communicate with transparency in order to earn a seat at millions of tables around the world. It’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly. Kellogg has always been committed to operating ethically and it is something we will continue to prioritize going forward.

To this end, Kellogg participates in a number of benchmarking surveys and studies and is proud to have again been named to the FTSE4Good, Dow Jones Sustainability Index, Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, and others.

We climbed the ranks in a number of global reputational polls in 2018 and early 2019, including:

  • Forbes Best Regarded Company (up 219 spots to #13)

  • Reputation Institute World’s Most Reputable Company (up 9 spots to #33)

  • Fortune World’s Most Admired Company

  • Ethisphere’s 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies (for 11 of the past 13 years)

Partnering with our suppliers

We collaborate with our supplier partners – including flour mills, labor providers, engineering firms and marketing agencies – to improve the social and environmental sustainability of their operations. Additionally, our Global Supplier Code of Conduct requires supplier partners to support our corporate responsibility commitments by continuously improving environmental and social indicators within their operations and throughout their supply chains, and to report annually on their progress. For example:

  • As a founding member of CDP, we have been working with our suppliers on climate action for the last decade. In 2019, Kellogg was named to the CDP Supplier Engagement Leaderboard for the second consecutive year and received an A rating for Supply Chain in recognition of our efforts to around this important issue.

  • Following a 2015 study we conducted with several partners about gender roles in the cocoa value chain in Cote d’Ivoire, Kellogg and CARE developed an assessment tool to help cocoa suppliers evaluate their awareness of and practices toward supporting gender equity on farms, in cooperatives and within their own operations. Kellogg suppliers are encouraged to incorporate the assessment tool into sustainability programs and sourcing practices to drive improvements in gender equity within the cocoa supply chain.

We also expect the top 80 percent (by spend) of our ingredient and packaging suppliers in each region to join Sedex, the largest collaborative platform for sharing ethical supply chain data.


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Mar 25, 2020

Kellogg is a company with a heart and soul. This has never been more apparent than now, as we work together across our company to help our food banks partners and neighbors in need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Mar 20, 2020

Our company and its charitable funds have now committed nearly $4 million in food and funds to our Better Days partners that support communities worldwide, including areas with school closures where kids rely on breakfast clubs and school meals.

Mar 18, 2020

To help even more families and children continue to get access to the food they need, we’re committing an additional $1 million from one of our charitable funds to support these efforts – in addition to the $600,000 previously announced.