Battle Creek, MI — The Kellogg Co. is requiring all of its global sources of palm oil to trace the oil to plantations certified as complying with its commitment to human and community rights and environmental protection of forests and peat lands, the company reports.
Chief Sustainability Officer Diane Holdorf explains: “We are collaborating with our suppliers to make sure the palm oil we use is not associated with deforestation, climate change or the violation of human rights.”
According to the company, it also is participating in the Roundtable for Sustainable Oil Production (RSPO) and requires all palm oil to come only from RSPO member companies. In addition, it demands sources throughout the supply chain commit to ethical business practices and demonstrate respect for human rights and the environment. Finally, the company supports the Consumer Goods Forum pledge to end deforestation by 2020.
Kellogg recently shifted its U.S. palm oil use to mass balance supply, two years after making the shift in Europe, and since 2011, its entire palm oil supply has been sourced through a combination of RSPO-certified segregated supply, RSPO mass-balance mixed-source supply and the purchase of GreenPalm certificates. The company claims it has responsibly sourced palm oil since 2009.
“Every year we make significant progress on this important priority, and as we seek to further advance these goals, we will continue to report on our progress annually,” Holdorf says.