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Making a Positive Impact on the People & Places We Touch

At Kellogg, we are on a journey. 

This journey started more than 100 years ago when our founder, W.K. Kellogg, established a company that combined the heart of a tiger to provide high-quality products at a competitive price with the soul of a philanthropist. Today, we live his legacy in the values we stand by – nourishing with our foods, feeding people in need and nurturing the planet.

We believe this passion and caring helps us earn the trust of people around the world, enabling us to continue the growth of our company in responsible ways. But this journey has just begun.

We are honored to have once again earned a spot on Ethisphere Institute's list of World's Most Ethical Companies. Honors such as this are a testament to our values and culture, business practices, corporate governance, ethics and compliance program, sustainability and philanthropy. 

This award doesn’t mean we’re perfect. Instead, it shows that despite our opportunities, we are making strides and dedicating our resources to make a meaningful difference everywhere we do business, including in the emerging markets where we’ve committed to growing our presence.

Here are a few examples of this:

  • We have publicly stated our commitment to help fight for human rights and to stand against forced labor and human trafficking. We have incorporated these principles into our employee code of conduct and our supplier code of conduct. We also are executing our responsible sourcing strategy for our priority ingredients, but there is more to do.
  • We announced our intent to create 3 billion better days by 2025 as part of our company-wide Breakfasts for Better Days commitments. A global food company, hunger relief is a priority for us. We’ve set a goal to give 2.5 billion servings of food to people in need around the world. This comes on the heels of exceeding our original goal of 1 billion servings. 
  • Through our work in sustainable agriculture, we recently announced having supported 10,000 women farmers. In November 2016, we also scaled our work with partners to help improve the livelihoods of 15,000 smallholder farmers, meeting our commitment four years ahead of schedule. Both of these help us to achieve the larger goal of reaching 500,000 farmers, their families and communities with climate smart agriculture practices to improve yields, climate resiliency, reduce post-harvest food loss and food waste.
  • Kellogg also has committed to donating 45,000 employee volunteer days at local community food banks, community farms and breakfast programs, as part of the pledge to create 3 billion better days.

As a responsible corporate citizen, we understand that the decisions we make have far-reaching consequences, and we work hard to make a positive impact on the people and places we touch. We believe that our founder would be proud of these efforts. They’re our way of living his values today and every day.

Doing the right thing is in our company’s DNA. It’s good business.  It’s good for the world. It’s ultimately good for the consumers who we seek to delight and nourish. It’s the reason we’re on this journey.