How Kellogg Prioritizes Human Rights in its Supply Chain
The roots of Kellogg Company's supply chain run deep around the world, which is why the company takes its role as a responsible corporate citizen very seriously.
Kelloggs' founder, W.K. Kellogg, was an early conservationist, a leading philanthropist and an original wellbeing visionary. For more than a century, Mr. Kellogg inspired the company's philanthropy and sustainability work. Sarah Smith, Senior Manager of Sustainability at Kellogg Company shares how Kellogg is working hard to ensure that the company and its business practices are delivering benefits to people, communities and the planet. "We are committed to upholding and advancing the cause of human rights across our global supply chain, which includes supporting health and safety, protecting land and worker rights, and combating forced and child labor. One way we manage human rights concerns is by working closely with our suppliers to ensure their operations and supply chains align to our values. And, we hold them accountable to their commitments through screenings, assessments, third-party site audits and providing direct feedback."
Kelloggs had previously been slammed by international human rights organization Amnesty International saying that they were profiting from child labor and other exploitative practices.
Previously in it's The Great Palm Oil Scandal report of 2016, Amnesty International interviewed workers, including several children. Stating "Some children started working from the age of eight years onwards and all were below 15 years of age. Most of the children help their parents in the afternoons, after attending school, and on weekends and holidays. However, some children have dropped out of schools and work for all or most of the day. Children carry heavy loads, as they have to carry sacks of loose fruits and some transport wheelbarrows full of heavy palm fruit bunches over uneven terrain and narrow bridges. They run the risk of injuries from repetitive movements, carrying heavy loads and from working in an environmental where they are exposed to chemicals."
Mitigating child labor in Ghana
In September 2018, Kellogg partnered with our cocoa supplier on a pilot program designed to mitigate the risks of child labor in the farming community in Ghana. The project provides educational support to children of cocoa farming families and teacher support to local educators. This includes supplying uniforms, book bags and bicycles for students, as well as solar powered streetlights for the community. As a result, local officials reported seeing positive change in the region as a whole, including a reported increase in school attendance.
Supporting smallholders and women in Ecuador
In Ecuador, Kellogg is helping to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers through training materials that strengthen agricultural practices, increase crop diversification, and develop cocoa and non-cocoa seedling nurseries. The overall goal is to develop smallholder farmers' resiliency to climate change and support women in the communities through gender empowerment workshops. Through the program, attendees receive access to new crops, improving household income, which is a key component of improving the economic stability for smallholder farmers, especially women.
More information: Kellogg's Better Days program - Corporate Responsibility Report.