Kellogg Unveils Global Commitment To Address Food Security

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Detroit — Kellogg Co. has unveiled a next-generation commitment to address global food security aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and released its 11th annual Corporate Responsibility Report, Creating Better Days. In a keynote address at Sustainable Brands ’19, Chairman & CEO Steve Cahillane announced that the company is taking its corporate responsibility work and impact to the next level to drive positive change for three billion people, communities worldwide and the planet by the end of 2030.

“Our visionary founder, W.K. Kellogg, was focusing on sustainability and communities when he founded our company more than 100 years ago. Long before sustainability and corporate purpose were part of the mainstream, he understood that companies operate with the permission and endorsement of society,” said Cahillane. “Today, the number of people affected by food insecurity is staggering. There are more than 820 million hungry people in the world1, the majority of whom are women and girls. As a leading global plant-based food company, achieving food security is at the heart of Kellogg Company’s commitment to society.”

The main points of the program, according to the company, are:

  • Nourishing one billion people with its foods, delivering nutrients of need and addressing hidden hunger;
  • Feeding 375 million people in need through food donations and expanded child feeding programs;
  • Nurturing the planet as it supports one million farmers, especially women smallholders and workers;
  • Conserving natural resources all along the value chain, from responsibly sourcing ingredients and reducing food waste, to providing recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging;
  • Encouraging employee volunteerism, ensuring an ethical supply chain and supporting diversity and inclusion;
  • And living its founder’s values by advocating on behalf of hungry children everywhere and engaging 1.5 billion people to help address the important issue of food security.

Earlier this year, Kellogg announced accelerated progress toward its current Breakfasts for Better Days commitment. “We’re far ahead of schedule, reaching more people with greater impact than we envisioned at this point,” said Kris Bahner, senior vice-president, global corporate affairs.

In the past 10 years, the company reports it has provided three billion servings of food to people in need, supported 329,000 farmers through climate-smart agriculture programs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions to the equivalent of taking 317 million miles off the road.

“As one of the food industry’s first initiatives to focus solely on addressing food security, we are proud of our Breakfasts for Better Days achievements,” said Bahner. “However, we must constantly evaluate how we can best advance our efforts today and tomorrow. Our next-generation Kellogg’s Better Days global commitment embodies the company’s heart and soul strategy, and will help drive transformational change while delivering a more sustainable and responsible value chain for the future.”

The firm’s Breakfasts for Better Days and Global Sustainability commitments will cease at the end of 2019 and 2020, respectively. C&ST