BICEP, a project of Ceres, was launched in 2008 with a core group of five companies, including Starbucks, Nike and Timberland. It has since expanded to 32 leading companies, such as eBay, Symantec and Jones Lang LaSalle. BICEP members have been vocal proponents of renewable energy, greener transportation, and stricter pollution controls on power plants.
Last month, Kellogg’s announced a series of environmental commitments including responsibly sourcing 100 percent of its top 10 ingredients by 2020.
Like other food and beverage companies, upstream agriculture emissions are the largest source of carbon emissions in Kellogg’s value chain. As a result, Kellogg’s is focused on improving the sustainability of agricultural production and helping improve livelihoods and climate resiliency for growers around the world.
The company says it will announce a new pledge in support of this work at this week’s UN Climate Summit. These efforts will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions through agriculture practices and support prevention of deforestation, which accounts for an estimated 15 percent of global GHG emissions.