Company hopes to help suppliers increase amount of sustainable palm oil available around the globe.
The Kellogg Company is doing what it can to help produce sustainable palm oil for use in its cereal and snack lines. The company uses about 0.1% of the total available palm oil each year, but says that the amount of segregated sustainably-produced palm oil is not enough to meet the demand.
Sustainable Palm oil supplies come from different plantations, mills and even countries where the oils are intermingled at each stage of the production and delivery process. Under normal circumstances, it is impossible for palm oil purchasers to know exactly where their oil has come from or how it has been produced, making it difficult to assure that the oil used is certified sustainable.
Kellogg’s is pushing suppliers to increase the amount of sustainably produced palm oil available, even in blended supplies of the product, but the company hasn’t stopped there.
Through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, certified producers are issued certificates for every tonne of sustainably produced palm oil. These certificates can be sold at the Greenpalm trading site, which in turn helps support the certified farmers.
While Kellogg’s isn’t yet able to buy all the sustainably produced palm oil it needs for production, the company is the first U.S. food company to buy certificates to cover all of its palm oil use.
Through the purchase of the Greenpalm certificates, Kellogg’s is helping to make the future of palm oil production both financially profitable and environmentally sustainable.