Positions, Policies and Milestones

Responsibly Sourcing Palm Oil

As a socially responsible company, Kellogg is committed to working with its global palm oil suppliers to source fully traceable palm oil, produced in a manner that’s environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable, which includes helping to mitigate deforestation. Although Kellogg uses a very small amount of palm oil globally – less than 0.1 percent of the global palm oil produced – we have been working since 2009 to ensure that the palm oil we use is sourced from suppliers and locations that uphold the company’s commitment to protect forests and peat lands, as well as human and community rights.

In February 2020, Kellogg updated our Global Palm Oil Policy and launched our Global Deforestation Policy, as well as plans that reflect an evolution of the company’s strategies and actions to further drive impact at scale.  This work supports our Kellogg’s® Better Days 2030 Commitment to responsibly source our priority ingredients, which includes palm.


Kellogg consistently ranks in the top tier of stakeholder recognitions for issues related to the palm oil industry. In February 2020, Forest 500 ranked Kellogg #1 in the palm oil category for its commitments and actions to tackle deforestation. On the topic of human rights, Kellogg ranked as the #1 U.S.-based food company on the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark for 2019, and ranked #2 in the industry for Know the Chain in 2018. Key industry partners and NGO stakeholders have also publicly recognized and commended Kellogg for our efforts since publishing our updated palm and new deforestation policies.


Today, all of the palm oil we use is 100 percent sustainably sourced through a combination of RSPO credits, mass balance and segregated supply. Through our updated global palm oil policy and goal, we are committed to working with the industry to improve accessibility and adoption of certification in the future, toward 100 percent physically certified palm oil (RSPO Mass Balance or Segregated) by the end of 2025, which will increase demand and continue incentivizing suppliers to produce sustainable, certified palm oil.


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 identify all grievances, including action plans and outcomes.  And we continue to strengthen our engagement and support for our supply partners, and for their supply chains, to achieve full adherence to these requirements.