28 Jun, 2016
KELLOGG IMPROVING LIVELIHOODS THROUGH CLIMATE ACTION
Industry players need to lead on climate change commitments
Kellogg Company has today reaffirmed its commitment to climate action and to reaching its ambitious science-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets. Speaking at the Business & Climate Summit in London, Chris Hood, President, Kellogg Company, EMEA, outlined progress on Company plans to cut GHG emissions by 65 percent across its own operations by 2050, how it is working with suppliers to help them reduce their emissions by 50 percent by 2050, and he called on other business leaders in the region to follow suit.
“There are multiple pressures which are affecting global businesses. Science shows us that climate change will stress our natural resources and food productivity. At the same time, we need these resources more than ever as our population is expected to grow another 1.2 billion by 2030, and the global middle class is set to double by 2030 from 2 billion today. This is why Kellogg is working on a variety of fronts to address the risks climate change poses – to us and to the world’s food supply.
“We have made ambitious commitments and we are extending these commitments to our suppliers. Since we extended our targets to 2050 from our existing 2020 goals, we have engaged with 75% of our suppliers globally, to help them to understand the challenge ahead and help them to meet it. We urge other businesses to do the same, to effect real change,” he added.
When it comes to food, people care about where it is made, the people who grow it and that there will be enough food for everyone. As climate change across the world continues to threaten the future of food, Kellogg is taking action to support farmers, protect land, and improve farming communities through Climate Smart Agriculture.
In Europe, Kellogg supports wheat and rice farmers to use sustainable practices and to protect the land where they grow grains for our cereals. “The programmes we support provide participating farmers with free soil assessments, in-field practical training and crop trials, farmer exchange sessions, access to experts, and assistance in the application of natural heritage practices.” These practices help improve their resilience in the face of climate change while helping improve their crop yields.
Kellogg is tackling greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change within its own operational footprint and beyond. In fact, Kellogg was one of the first 10 companies globally to set approved Science-Based Targets.
“We will reduce GHG emissions from our operations by 65 percent and, we are working with our direct suppliers to help reduce their emissions by 50 percent by 2050. This will require investment and cooperation across the full supply chain to be successful.
“We are proud of our efforts in sustainability but we know we can’t do it alone. We believe in the power of partnerships to bring attention to the role of business leadership on climate change. As a global food company, we will continue to do so through our involvement with governments, NGOs, and other partners, and by using our leadership voice to advocate on the importance of food security in the face of climate change in important forums like the Business and Climate Summit.”
Learn more about Kellogg Company’s full climate policy, the methodology used to set targets, and implementation plan on www.KelloggCorporateResponsibility.com.