Responsible Sourcing Ingredients

As a global food company, Kellogg Company knows we play an important role in the inter-connected issues of health and wellness, climate resilience and food security. Kellogg has committed to responsibly source its priority ingredients and support agriculture, which is smart for our climate and smart for growers. This commitment will enable improved resilience to impacts from things such as weather events or market shocks, productivity, particularly for smallholder farmers, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The information we collect to track our progress against this commitment helps Kellogg better understand risk and opportunities in our supply chain and build programs with farmers focused on soil health, water quality, biodiversity, and improved livelihoods, including for women.


To meet the global needs of our consumers, we partner with suppliers, manufacturers, contractors, joint venture partners, agents, distributors, and consultants. Each is a supplier to our company, and we hold all our suppliers to the same high standards of business integrity to which we hold ourselves. For details, please see our Global Supplier Code of Conduct.


In partnership with our suppliers, we use industry-standard tools like Field to Market’s Fieldprint® Calculator, the Cool Farm Tool, and Sustainable Agriculture Initiative’s Farmer Self-Assessment to document continuous improvement. Where satisfactory industry tools are not available, we use the Kellogg Grower Survey, an online tool we developed to document and measure on-farm management decisions with farmers over time. Each year, we collaborate with suppliers, project partners, and farmers to collect these data, which help Kellogg demonstrate when farmers are good stewards and identify opportunities with suppliers and farmers to support improvements.


Following is the progress we have made against our 2020 goal to responsibly source our 10 priority ingredients, including corn, wheat, rice, potatoes, sugar beet, sugar cane, fruits, palm oil, vanilla and cocoa.


To learn more about our progress, please see our Responsible Sourcing Annual Milestones Reporting Year 2018. Please see our 2018 Sustainable Palm Milestones Report for more information about our progress on palm oil.


Kellogg Moves to Responsibly Sourced Corn for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes® Made in Europe

Corn Supply Chain Audited to Ensure it Meets Responsible Sourcing Criteria

In 2018, we worked with DACSA, our regional corn supplier in Europe, and farmers in Argentina to move to using responsibly sourced corn for all Kellogg's Corn Flakes® sold in Europe. This means that it's produced with corn grown and harvested in accordance with environmental and social best practices, verified by an independent, third-partyauditor. We shared this news in 2019, with the message ‘Responsibly Sourced Corn’ appearing on the front of all Kellogg's Corn Flakes® cereal sold in stores across the region. We also shared the Kellogg’s Responsibly Sourced Verification Protocol and Guidance we developed, modelled on those used by well-recognized, international nongovernmental industry groups, to determine that the corn was sourced responsibly. To learn more about the Responsibly Sourced Corn Pilot, review the report here.


Smallholder Farmers and Women Impact Assessment

Kellogg recognizes that smallholder farmers play a critical role in global food supply, first for themselves and their families, but increasingly for broader food security opportunities in rural or impoverished communities. Kellogg recognizes the key role smallholder farmers play in food security in their communities and is assessing how our supply chain can improve productivity and livelihoods.


Kellogg also recognizes that women play a significant role in agriculture, but in some countries still face challenges of injustice and inequality. Kellogg is identifying the parts of our supply chain with the highest prevalence of women, while identifying the risks and opportunities they face, depending on their communities and regions. To learn more about Kellogg’s Smallholder Farmers and Women Impact Assessment, click here.