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18 February 2014 | Gurjit Degun
Cereal manufacturer Kellogg's is to work with its palm oil suppliers to make sure the commodity is fully traceable.
As part of its global commitment, the firm said it wants to use palm oil that is “produced in a manner that’s environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable”.
It is asking suppliers to comply with requirements by the end of 2015, “or be working to close any gaps identified in their action plans”.
The company wants all global palm oil suppliers to trace the product to plantations that are “independently verified as legally compliant”. Kellogg's said suppliers must also adhere to its principles for protecting forests, peat lands, and communities, and comply with all Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) principles and criteria.
Kellogg's said it is a “very small” user of palm oil and has worked closely with global palm oil suppliers and stakeholders since it began responsibly sourcing palm oil in 2009.
All of the palm oil Kellogg's has used since 2011 has been sourced through a combination of RSPO certified segregated supply, RSPO mass balance mixed-source supply, and the purchase of GreenPalm certificates.
“As a socially responsible company, traceable, transparent sourcing of palm oil is important to us, and we are collaborating with our suppliers to make sure the palm oil we use is not associated with deforestation, climate change or the violation of human rights," said Diane Holdorf, Kellogg's chief sustainability officer.
“By partnering closely with our suppliers to meet these expectations, we will work together to address the important topic of deforestation.”