Kellogg Joins Ceres Climate Initiative

Kellogg Company has joined the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition. BICEP is a project of Ceres that was launched in 2008 with a core group of five companies including Starbucks and Nike. Today, 32 well-known companies are a part of BICEP. The members of BICEP are advocates for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 
Kellogg has also signed on to President Obama’s Climate Data Initiative. The company committed to sharing data and maps that show how climate change affects major crops. In March, Obama launched a plan to reduce carbon pollution, called the Climate Action Plan, and the data initiative is part of the plan. Kellogg is also one of the signatories of Ceres’ Climate Declaration, signed by over 1,000 companies. 
Expanding its commitments to responsibly source certain ingredients is part of Kellogg’s climate policy. Palm oil, packaging fiber, soy and sugar cane are included in the list of ingredients. The goal is to achieve zero net deforestation in high-risk supply chains by 2020. The company will report on its progress by December 2015, and will continue to annually report on its scope 3 emissions through the Carbon Disclosure Project. 
The multinational food company is committed to sustainability, and has ambitious goals that include responsible sourcing, greenhouse gas reduction, reducing energy, water, packaging and waste. Specific goals include:
  • Responsibly sourcing 100 percent of its top 10 ingredients by 2020
  • Reduce energy and GHG emissions by an additional 15 percent from 2015 performance
  • Expand the use of low-carbon energy in plants by 50 percent by 2020
  • Implement water re-use projects in 25 percent of its plants by 2020 and reduce water use by an additional 15 percent from 2015 performance
  • Ensure that 100 percent of timber-based packaging continues to be recycled or comes from certified sustainable sources
At the UN Climate Summit in New York last month Kellogg pledged to help 15,000 smallholder farmers globally to improve productivity. The focus is on rice and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Rice is a staple for over half of the world’s population and grown by many smallholder farmers. This initiative is part of Kellogg’s new sustainability goals for responsible sourcing and conservation, announced in August. As part of its new goals, Kellogg has pledged to develop a climate policy that includes establishing an adaptation strategy for smallholder farmers in its supply chain by December 2015. 
Kellogg also committed to providing resources and education to its key suppliers. This includes helping millers and farmers become more resilient to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their practices. Kellogg will also create programs to help small-scale farmers adapt to climate change.