Kellogg's Commitment To Animal Welfare

Q: What is Kellogg's commitment to animal welfare?

A: Kellogg’s vision is a good and just world where people are not just fed but fulfilled. Our purpose is creating better days and a place at the table for everyone through our trusted food brands. These values are foundational to how we do business and comes to life through our corporate strategy, Deploy for Growth. That means we’re committed to acting responsibly across our entire business – working with partners who share our values, like those of our consumers, and who can deliver high quality and responsibly sourced ingredients. This includes a focus on animal welfare.

Here are the details of our commitment to animal welfare.

Protecting Wildlife Habitat

We’ve already made significant progress on animal welfare. For example, we are working with our global palm oil suppliers to source fully traceable palm oil to known and certified sources that are considered environmentally appropriate with protection of wildlife habitats, socially beneficial and economically viable. All of our direct palm oil is certified sustainable with a combination of Segregated, Mass Balance and GreenPalm sources. 

Sourcing 100% Cage-Free Eggs by the End of 2025
We use eggs in some of our foods, such as our RXBAR®, Eggo® frozen breakfast foods, and other products.. We continue to focus our efforts on sourcing eggs from suppliers utilizing enriched colony hen housing and cage-free options that measure impacts on animal welfare, food safety, worker and employee welfare, and the environment. To enhance this work, by the end of 2025, we will phase in 100 percent cage-free eggs in our largest markets by the end of 2025. Each year, our largest markets represent more than 85 percent of the egg ingredients we buy globally.

As of December 2020, we purchase egg ingredients that include liquid egg, egg powder, and dried egg whites. We do not purchase shell eggs. As of December 2020, 13% of the egg ingredients we purchase in the US and Canada are cage-free. Across our European business, 9% of egg ingredients are cage-free. Globally, 12% of egg ingredients are cage-free, and more than 98% of our egg ingredients were sourced from our largest global markets.

Eliminating Gestation Stalls in Pork Production by the End of 2025
We purchase a very small amount of pork for some of our products. We are committed to working with our pork suppliers to phase out the practice of housing pregnant sows in gestation stalls by the end of 2025. We understand that the development of alternative housing methods takes time, and we are committed to having productive conversations with our suppliers to establish the appropriate path forward.

Considering the Five Freedoms as Part of the Continuous Improvement of our Supply Chain
We agree with the aim of the internationally recognized Five Freedoms, as defined by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and will consider them as part of our process of assessing changes in our ingredients supply chain:

  • Freedom from hunger, thirst and malnutrition;
  • Freedom from fear and distress;
  • Freedom from physical and thermal discomfort;
  • Freedom from pain, injury and disease; and
  • Freedom to express normal patterns of behavior.

We’re committed to continuously working with our suppliers to ensure their animals are properly cared for throughout their lives and we will regularly report on our progress.

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