Committed to responsibly sourcing our priority ingredients

Responsible Sourcing

As a global, plant-based foods company, the ongoing success of our business depends on using high-quality ingredients to make foods that people around the world enjoy. This means that farmers and their communities are essential to our work. By working toward our responsible sourcing goals for our priority ingredients, we are doing our part to support farmers’ resiliency and the wellbeing of people and the planet, especially during periods of environmental or economic stress. We’re working together to address some of our world’s greatest challenges, including climate change, food insecurity, biodiversity, human rights and significant disruptions. The COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences have deepened our awareness of how profoundly these disruptions can affect the lives of people in our supply chains.

Creating these resilient agriculture systems can be challenging, especially in regions where farmers grow food and ingredients under extraordinary circumstances. That’s why we collaborate with suppliers and organizations around the world to inform and improve our efforts to achieve our commitment of responsibly sourcing our priority ingredients. In 2020, we engaged 117 priority-ingredient suppliers in measuring continuous improvements or making direct investments in our ingredient sourcing regions.

Supporting Farmers
To progress towards responsibly sourcing our ingredients, we work with suppliers, farmers, scientists and NGOs identify opportunities to help farmers and workers improve climate resilience, enhance biodiversity, improve livelihoods, and help address human rights and equity. We do so first by measuring continuous improvement through the Kellogg Grower Survey or equivalent industry tools like Fieldprint® Platform’s Field to Market® or SAI Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessment. From there, Kellogg and our partners establish Kellogg’s Origins™ programs to provide training and technical assistance and share best practices that improve farm productivity, regenerate soil health, protect species and habitats, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Kellogg’s Origins™ program that supports responsible sourcing is one aspect of our Kellogg's Better Days® global purpose platform and our commitment to support 1 million farmers and workers through programs focused on climate, social and financial resiliency by the end of 2030. Through 2020, we have supported more than 440,000 farmers, including 15,414 women and 36,989 smallholders, around the world through over 40 Kellogg’s Origins™ programs

Find more details in our latest Responsibility Report and on the Positions, Policies, Milestones and Reporting page.


Building Better Days through responsible, resilient supply chains
Since beginning our responsible sourcing journey in 2014, we have made tremendous progress with our 10, first-generation priority ingredients. Over time, we also have come to better understand the dynamic nature of our supply chains and our business. Some of our current priorities – like corn, wheat, rice and potatoes – continue to be critical to our business, while others have decreased in volume due to divestiture or shifts in strategy. Similarly, new ingredients have become more material to our business as we grow in emerging markets and acquire new businesses.

For these reasons, in 2020, we reassessed our ingredient materiality to renew our priority ingredients, aligned to our 2030 Better Days strategy. Starting in 2021, we will add eggs, oats, soy, cheese, almonds and hazelnuts to our priority ingredients our responsible sourcing initiatives, with the intent to report our progress starting in 2022. We also sunset vanilla as a priority ingredient for responsible sourcing, having met our responsible sourcing goal for this commodity. We will continue to review and update our priority ingredients with regular environment, social and governance (ESG) materiality assessments through 2030 to ensure our programs are responsive to changes in the world and in our business.

Find more details in our latest Responsibility Report and on the Positions, Policies, Milestones and Reporting page.