Human Rights Overview

As a global corporate citizen, we are committed to upholding and advancing the cause of human rights.


Through our responsible sourcing program we focus on social issues that address violations of the international, regional, and corporate human rights standards that we support and promote.


Forced labor or involuntary labor is one of those issues and we recognize it to be pervasive and profound in its ability to affect the lives of workers, families, and communities. We are committed to identifying and mitigating these risks though supplier screening, assessments, third-party audits, supplier engagement, direct worker feedback, and collaborative partnerships, taking appropriate action in accordance with our policies, Code of Conduct, and international and national human rights standards.


Kellogg is a global consumer goods company that manufactures and markets ready-to-eat cereal and convenience foods such as cookies, crackers, savory snacks, toaster pastries, cereal bars, fruit-flavored snacks, frozen waffles, and veggie foods. We have manufacturing operations in 21 countries and directly employ approximately 37,369 people.


We work with over 20,000 Tier 1 suppliers. Agricultural commodities, including corn, wheat, potato flakes, vegetable oils, sugar and cocoa, are the principal raw materials used in our products and carton board, corrugated, and plastic are the principal packaging materials.


In 2016, in recognition of our commitment to protecting and advancing international human rights, we published our Human Rights Position Statement  and Policy Statement Prohibiting Involuntary Labor outlining our expectations and requirements for both our own operations and our supplier value chain.


Our commitment aligns to, and supports, all internationally recognized human rights as codified in the:

  • United Nations Guiding Principles
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • International Bill of Human Rights
  • ILO core labour standards, as laid out in the following 8 conventions:
    • Freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining (Convention No. 87 & No. 98)
    • The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour (Convention No. 29 & No. 105)
    • The effective abolition of child labour (Convention No. 138 & No. 182)
    • The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation (Convention No. 100 & No. 111)
  • UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles
  • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises


Each year we publish a Human Rights Milestones Report, which also satisfies legislative reporting requirements including the UK Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement. Along with our Global Supplier Code of Conduct and Resource Guide, these documents provide the foundation for how we do business.  Our internal and external due diligence processes are further detailed in our 2018 Responsible Sourcing Milestones, and 2018 Global Sustainable Palm Oil milestones.