Manufacturing and Sustainability

Cereal maker announces environmental commitments

Manufacturer also puts emphasis on supporting more women farmers.

September 5, 2014
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Getting food to the table in a way that is environmentally sustainable isn’t an easy feat for food manufacturers.

Kellogg Co. has acknowledged that, and for years it has been implementing goals focused on improving environmental and community sustainability.

The company recently announced new global goals focused on responsible sourcing and conservation, and has set a target date of 2020 for achieving these goals.

By 2020, Kellogg said it would responsibly source its top 10 ingredients and materials. It also plans to validate compliance across all direct suppliers by 2015.

Kellogg’s responsible sourcing efforts also extend to sustainable agriculture and support for small farmers. It plans to continue to provide resources and education to key agricultural suppliers, millers and farmers to help them increase their resilience to climate change; optimize their use of fertilizer inputs; reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their agricultural practices; optimize water use and enhance watershed quality; and improve soil health.

Kellogg also plans to increase its support for smallholder farmers and women farmers. The company said it will build programs to help small-scale farmers improve their livelihoods by adapting to climate change and improving their agronomic practices and business skills, and it will identify areas within its supply chain with a high prevalence of women farmers and workers and develop programs to provide resources and education that improve the livelihoods of these women, their families and their communities.

Kellogg is increasing its existing conservation goals in the areas of energy, water, waste and packaging. It plans to further reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions by an additional 15 percent (per metric ton of food produced) from its 2015 performance, and expand use of low-carbon energy in plants by 50 percent by 2020.

Kellogg will also support watershed quality, implement water reuse projects in 25 percent of plants by 2020, and further reduce water use by an additional 15 percent (per metric ton of food produced) from its 2015 performance.

It plans to increase to 30 percent the number of plants sending zero waste to landfill by 2016, and ensure 100 percent of timber-based packaging continues to be either recycled or from certified sustainable sources, while implementing resource-efficient packaging, as measured by improved performance for recycled content, recyclability and food-to-package ratios.

“This company was founded on the belief that there’s an inherent goodness in grains, and that continues to hold true today,” said John Bryant, Kellogg chairman of the board and chief executive officer.

“We are committed to nourishing families so they can flourish and thrive. Our new sustainability goals will help us do this by delivering high-quality grains in a responsible way that enriches the lives of consumers and agricultural growers around the world.”

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