Responsibly Sourcing Palm Oil

Palm oil continues to be an ingredient of particular focus for Kellogg Company in our responsible sourcing efforts. As one of the largest palm producing countries, Indonesia provides nearly half of the world’s supply of palm oil. The palm oil industry has been associated with the destruction of tropical forest habitats and peat lands. It has also had chronic issues with human rights violations like gender inequality and forced labor. These are issues of great concern to our company. Although Kellogg uses a very small amount of palm oil in our foods globally, we have been working since 2009 to influence the industry, making thoughtful and informed decisions about which suppliers we use when we buy palm oil.

 

As part of our Better Days 2030 Commitments, we are committed to sourcing fully traceable palm oil to plantations that are responsibly managed – and sharing our progress biannually through our Global Sustainable Palm Oil Milestones. We not only work on traceability, but identifying and addressing issues as they arise.

 

Our Global Sustainable Palm Oil Policy drives our work to achieve our commitments. Today, all of the palm oil we use is sourced through a combination of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Certified Segregated supply chain, RSPO Mass Balance mixed-source supply chain and the purchase of GreenPalm/RSPO Palm Trace certificates.

 

Our Progress
We work with partners through the RSPO - the leading organization that focuses on transforming palm oil markets - to ensure sustainable palm oil production is the norm. All of the palm oil we use globally is sourced either through RSPO certified supply chains, a combination of segregated supply chains, mass balance mixed-source supply chains, and through the purchase of RSPO Palm Trace certificates.
 

At RSPO’s annual meeting, the organization announced the formation of the North American Sustainable Palm Oil Network (NASPON).  This coalition brings together stakeholders across many industries who are committed to increasing the use of certified sustainable palm oil in North America.

 

In 2017, Kellogg joined the as a founding member to help increase the sustainable palm oil dialogue in North America, and to support our continued work engaging palm oil suppliers on issues and risks within their extended sourcing palm supply chain.

 

We recognize the ongoing challenges associated with deforestation and peatland development and the necessity to uphold and protect the rights of workers and indigenous people. This is why we expect our suppliers to report publicly on traceability to mill and plantation and all identify all grievances, including action plans and outcomes.  Moving forward, we will continue to strengthen our engagement and support for our supply partners, and for their supply chains, to achieve full adherence to these requirements.

 

Moving forward, we will continue to strengthen our engagement and support for our supply partners, and for their supply chains, to achieve full adherence to these requirements. To access Kellogg’s Supplier Mill List, please click here.