American multinational food manufacturer, Kellogg’s, has celebrated World Environment Day by showcasing the progress it has made towards its environmental and sustainability commitments outlined in Kellogg’s Better Days Promise. This commitment aims to foster a healthier planet and support a sustainable future for all.
Since 2015, Kellogg has aimed to improve sustainable and equitable access to food, with a goal of creating Better Days for 3 billion people by 2030. The company’s Better Days Promise strategy encompasses a wide range of initiatives designed to minimise its ecological impact, focusing on areas such as climate change, responsible sourcing, and food waste reduction.
Noteworthy achievements in 2022 demonstrate Kellogg’s dedication to fulfilling these commitments. Key accomplishments include a 31.1% absolute reduction in Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 2015. Additionally, Scope 3 GHG emissions were reduced by 13% by the end of 2021. Moreover, 40.3% of the electricity used by Kellogg in 2022 was derived from renewable sources.
The food manufacturer also managed a 17% reduction in water usage in high-stress regions since 2015. Furthermore, Kellogg achieved a 23% reduction in food waste since 2016 and the company has provided support to over 485,000 farmers and agronomists since 2015, emphasising the importance of sustainable farming practices.
Packaging sustainability is another key area that Kellogg has targeted. As of 2021, 76% of the company’s packaging is recyclable at scale and Kellogg’s has committed to further progress, aiming to achieve 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging by volume.
Janelle Meyers, Kellogg’s chief sustainability officer, emphasised the inextricable link between the health of the planet and the well-being of its inhabitants. She stated, “Our changing climate is reducing crop yields, which leads to greater food insecurity that disproportionately affects diverse and underserved communities.”
Meyers expressed satisfaction with the progress made thus far, acknowledging that more work lies ahead to further reduce the company’s environmental impact and create a climate-positive value chain.
The company was founded in 1906 by Will Keith Kellogg and is headquartered in Battle Creek, Michigan, United States. Kellogg’s has become one of the world’s leading producers of cereal and convenience foods, with a presence in over 180 countries.
Kellogg’s has a rich history rooted in the development of breakfast cereals. The company’s first breakthrough came with the creation of cornflakes in the late 19th century and today offers a diverse portfolio of popular brands, including Special K, Rice Krispies, Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Pop-Tarts, Cheez-It, Pringles, and Keebler.
Kellogg’s has been involved in various philanthropic initiatives, particularly focused on hunger relief and promoting access to nutritious food. The company partners with organisations such as Feeding America and Action Against Hunger to address food insecurity and support community development programs.
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