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Kellogg’s vows to source fully traceable palm oil



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Cereal manufacturer Kellogg's is working with its palm oil suppliers to source fully traceable palm oil ©Shutterstock

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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.”

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This is a noble idea from Kellogg. Deforestation is the number one trouble causer of land degradation which has chiefly resulted to the current negative climate change the whole world is struggling to reslove. This is responsible sourcing which guarantees sustainable and continous supply of materials. Purchasers around the globe should take note of Kellogg's idea in order to ensure sustainable survival of their companies especially in the timber industries. Most Supply Chain personnel ignore the idea of corporate social responsiblility (CSR) during their execution of duty, hence they risk loosing professional status.