Taking action to lessen the impact of climate change

Working across our supply chain to meet science-based targets to limit global warming to below 1.5°C

Climate Action

Ever since the industrial revolution, when the world started relying on fossil fuels to power production, the planet has been heating up. Climate experts agree that this global warming will reach a severe inflection point if we allow the earth’s current average temperature to increase by more than another 1.5°C. While 1.5 degrees may not seem significant, according to the Climate Reality Project “About 1.5 degrees of global warming provides enough heat to push many of the natural systems that sustain us past a dangerous turning point, putting millions more people at risk of potentially life-threatening heatwaves and poverty.”

For some time, Kellogg has been working to reduce its impact on the climate and to keep global warming below this limit. In fact, our company was one of the first to set science-based targets to help do so across our value chain. Since then, we’ve also joined global corporate renewable energy initiative RE100 and committed to 100% renewable energy sources in our operations by 2050, and joined in important climate coalitions like “We Are Still In” encouraging high-level action on climate change.

To achieve these goals, we’re leveraging our global scale and voice to drive climate action and nature-based solutions by addressing climate action across our supply chain:

  • Since 2015, Kellogg has reduced scope 1 (direct) & scope 2 (indirect) GHG emissions[1] in its manufacturing plants by more than 28%, and exceeded one year ahead of schedule its goal to reduce GHG emissions by 15% per pound of food produced.
  • We’re working with our supply chain by engaging direct suppliers to measure and report their GHG emissions and we’re working with our highest-emitting suppliers to encourage improvements. Through 2019, we’ve engaged direct suppliers representing 76% of our global spend to report their emissions.
  • To mitigate greenhouse gas emissions on farms, we’re supporting farmers and workers as they adopt sustainable and regenerative agriculture practices through our Kellogg’s Origins™ program.  Already, we’ve supported more than 433,000 farmers on five continents.
  • Beyond our footprint, we’re driving change through transparency and advocacy by engaging with industry and governments. We also share information on our climate action annually in our Milestones Report and offer our lessons learned through consortiums, trainings and other events.

[1] Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from owned sources, Scope 2 emissions from the generation of purchased energy.

Kellogg believes that transparency and advocacy will help drive the change we need to protect our planet. That’s why Kellogg joined the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures and is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact’s Uniting Business and Governments to Recover Better initiative calling on companies to align their COVID-19 economic aid and recovery efforts with the latest climate science. Kellogg is also a signatory of “We Are Still In,” a broad coalition of nearly 4,000 actors established in support of the Paris Agreement. It also regularly shares lessons learned and identifies new ideas at consortiums, trainings and other events.

We’ll continue aggressively working across our business and value chain to take climate-appropriate actions that protect our environment and help keep global warming below the 1.5° C target.



1 EPA Equivalencies Calculator. Kellogg Company data from 2015–2019 https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator