Kellogg’s climate change plan came in light of global NGO Oxfam’s Standing on the Sidelines report, launched mid-May last year, that called out the ‘Big 10’ food companies for “significant” GHG emissions.
Oxfam praised Kellogg’s announcement and said it went “slightly beyond” what General Mills announced around two weeks ago.
Kellogg pledged to release its GHG emissions targets by December 2015; reveal its top three palm oil, soy and sugar cane suppliers; and achieve zero net deforestation in high-risk supply chains by 2020 – much in line with General Mills’ pledge.
However, Kellogg had gone beyond General Mills’ pledge in a couple of areas – supplier transparency and climate change adaptation strategy, said Oxfam.
Transparency of supply
Kellogg called on all its key suppliers to measure and publicly disclose their emissions and reduction targets; General Mills only pledged to “assess supplier practices”.
Oxfam: 'What Kellogg’s commitment does is add a layer of public disclosure and transparency so that other interested people can look at what they’re [Kellogg and its suppliers] doing and really asses it outside of the internal documents.'
Speaking to BakeryandSnacks.com, Oxfam America’s senior press officer Ben Grossman-Cohen said requiring suppliers to measure and release emissions was something Oxfam had always called for, but had recommended it as a ‘next step’ for industry after initial climate change commitments.
Kellogg, however, considered it an important immediate measure, he said.
“I think General Mills will take a number of measures to achieve their commitments that may be similar to Kellogg, but what Kellogg’s commitment does is add a layer of public disclosure and transparency so that other interested people can look at what they’re [Kellogg and its suppliers] doing and really asses it outside of the internal documents.”
Kellogg was making itself mutually accountable for the impact supply chains have on the environment, he said, which was the right thing to do.