Operating Ethically

Just as people want to know what’s in our foods and how they’re made, they are just as interested in how we treat our employees, respect our suppliers, and care for our communities. At Kellogg, we live our values and communicate with transparency to earn the trust of customers and consumers around the world. Kellogg has always been committed to operating ethically; it’s something we prioritize every day.

Our Global Code of Ethics details our commitment to operating ethically and transparently. Employees continue to receive annual training on the Code that addresses anti-corruption, anti-competitive behavior, data protection and human rights. Employees, suppliers, partners or anyone else with an ethical concern are encouraged to contact our confidential Ethics Alertline either online or via phone or mobile app.

We also have in place a robust system of controls to protect our company’s information, as well as customer and consumer data, from potential cybersecurity attacks. We prioritize making the necessary investments, continually advancing our information technology capabilities to vigilantly safeguard our business.

We participate in a number of benchmarks and surveys that track and measure our performance in this sphere. In 2021, we’re proud to have been recognized again by:

  • Dow Jones Sustainability Index 
  • Ethisphere World’s Most Ethical Companies
  • Forbes Global Best Regarded Company
  • Reputation Institute World’s Most Reputable Company

Partnering with suppliers to continuously strengthen ethical operations across our supply chain

We collaborate with our supplier partners – including ingredient suppliers, packaging suppliers and engineering firms – to improve the social and environmental sustainability of their operations. Additionally, our Global Supplier Code of Conduct communicates to our supplier partners our expectations and requirements of them as a part of doing business with Kellogg. These requirements include environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and are aligned to the standard by which we hold ourselves accountable to, as well. 

We have been working with our suppliers on climate action for the last decade. We expect all high-risk commodity suppliers and the top 80% (by spend) of our ingredient and packaging suppliers in each region to join Sedex, the largest collaborative platform for sharing ethical supply chain data. As of 2020, 96% of global in-scope suppliers (suppliers within the top 80% spend profile, high risk commodity suppliers, and/or those with high exposure to contract labor) have registered with the platform; 95% have registered and linked all Kellogg supplying sites. This helps Kellogg to more accurately track Tier 1 supply chain locations and assess current audit status, including non-conformances or pending actions.

In 2021, Kellogg was named to the CDP Supplier Engagement Leaderboard for the fourth consecutive year in recognition of our efforts around this important issue. At Kellogg, employees and suppliers alike share our commitment to operating ethically. Doing so is core to the company Kellogg has always been and will always be.