7th June 2019

Kellogg to support smallholders in new sustainability ambitions

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Kellogg is to support a million smallholders by 2030, under its ‘Better Days’ initiative, the firm has announced.

The cereal company will continue to work towards its waste, energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) goals, while focussing on its latest social and environmental commitments under the initiative.

The new programme is in line with Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3) the global target to end hunger.

Kellogg is a member of the Science-Based Targets initiative, under which it has a goal to cut its direct greenhouse gas emissions 45 per cent by 2030, while reducing its supply chain emissions 15 per cent.

The company has set the target of supporting a million farmers and smallholders by 2030 to deliver climate-smart farming, continue its work to reduce food waste, feed 375 million people through donations, responsibly source ingredients and use sustainable packaging.

Steve Cahillane, CEO of Kellogg, said: “Today, the number of people affected by food insecurity is staggering.

“There are more than 820 million hungry people in the world, the majority of whom are women and girls. As a leading global plant-based food company, achieving food security is at the heart of Kellogg Company’s commitment to society.”

Smallholders and farmers will be offered access to programmes focused on climate, social and financial resiliency, with advice on climate smart agricultural practices, how to maximise yields, tackle deforestation and reduce GHG emissions.

The new goals build on Kellogg’s existing ‘Breakfasts for Better Days’ initiative, which established a series of social and environmental goals for the snacks and cereals giant.

By 2020, the firm aims to reduce energy use and GHG emissions by 15 per cent against a 2015 baseline. According to latest figures, Kellogg has already cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 12.9 per cent but admitted the impacts of climate change are already hindering its ability to cut emissions faster.

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