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Kellogg’s to source sustainable palm oil in US

FBR Staff Writer Published 17 February 2014

Kellogg’s has announced its commitment to source environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable traceable palm oil and use mass balance palm oil in the US.

The company is working with suppliers, processors and growers to ensure that palm oil it uses is sourced from plantations that sustain its commitment to protect forests and peat lands, as well as human and community rights.

In 2009, Kellogg's began responsibly sourcing palm oil and has engaged with global palm oil suppliers and stakeholders.

The company shifted its Europe palm oil use to mass balance supply in 2012. It is now moving to mass balance supply for palm oil in the US.

Kellogg's chief sustainability officer Diane Holdorf said, "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.

"By partnering closely with our suppliers to meet these expectations, we will work together to address the important topic of deforestation.

"Every year we make significant progress against this important priority, and as we seek to further advance these goals, we will continue to report annually on our progress."

The company said that to achieve its goals, global palm oil suppliers are required to trace palm oil to plantations that are verified as legally compliant and comply with all Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) principles.

By 31 December 2015, suppliers are required to comply with the requirement, work to fulfil any gaps identified in their action plans.