Water Efficiency

Around the globe, freshwater resources are under pressure from climate change, population growth, industrial and agricultural uses, and aging or inefficient infrastructure. High-water stress regions occur where there’s competition and potential conflict among water users--including human and ecological uses--taking into account total water supply and consumptive demand. At Kellogg, we respect the human right to water as defined by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and General Assembly.

As a global food company, we can play a role in helping to reduce water use in our value chain and creating a positive impact for people and planet.

Our Commitment

As part of our Kellogg’s Better Days® Promise goal to create better days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030, we aim to reduce water use in global Kellogg-owned manufacturing facilities in high water-stress regions by 30% by the end of 2030. Our high-risk facilities are located in Australia, Belgium, Egypt, India, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, and the U.S. (Michigan, Nebraska, California and Ohio).

Our Approach

For some time, we’ve been reducing our water use in the communities where we source ingredients and make our foods.

Our global water risk assessment allows us to evaluate physical water stress, regulation, usage and business risk. It evaluates sites from two perspectives: an internal rating based on data from each site, and an external rating of core indicators from the World Resources Institute Aqueduct water risk mapping tool. According to the most recent findings, approximately 40% of our global Kellogg-owned manufacturing facilities are in high-water-stress regions. We’re taking unique actions in these sites to reduce our use of water and address these risks.

Site-specific water use targets for the high-risk facilities are developed in alignment with water reduction action plans. The water consumption of the sites are monitored through our Kellogg Cares About People and Planet data management system. For more information, please visit our Kellogg’s Better Days® Promise Commitments and Methodology.  

Our Progress

Since 2015, we’ve achieved a 17% reduction of water use in global Kellogg-owned manufacturing facilities in high water stress regions.