Kellogg Company says it will work with palm oil suppliers to source fully traceable palm oil, produced environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable. Kellogg says it wants to ensure that palm oil it uses is sourced from plantations that uphold the company’s commitment to sustainable agriculture.
Kellogg says it has worked with global palm oil suppliers and stakeholders since it began responsibly sourcing palm oil in 2009. In 2012, Kellogg began using mass balance palm oil in Europe, and in 2014 the company was able to shift its US palm oil use to mass balance supply.
Kellogg will require all global palm oil suppliers to trace palm oil to plantations that are independently verified as legally compliant; adherent to the company’s principles for protecting forests, peat lands, and communities; and compliant with all Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) principles and criteria. Several other food companies have agreed to these principles. Suppliers must comply with the requirement by Dec. 31, 2015, or be working to close any gaps identified in their action plans.
Kellogg Company’s latest palm oil commitment is available in its entirety online in the Corporate Responsibility section of www.kellogcompany.com.