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Kellogg Company has emerged as a front runner as it has released a responsible palm oil commitment that requires its suppliers to comply with a higher standard than the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) by ending the destruction of rainforests, peatlands and abuse of human and labor rights.

In order to drive real change, Kellogg Company should require compliance across suppliers’ entire operations and publish a time-bound plan that includes performance-based milestones that will be need to be met to cut Conflict Palm Oil by its deadline of 2015.

Current Palm Oil Commitment (February 2014):

Requires suppliers to go beyond the inadequate standards of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and end the destruction of rainforests, peatlands and abuse of human and labor rights

Applies to all branded products in all countries where products are made and sold

Requires palm oil to be traceable to the plantation level

Requires independent third-party verification of supplier compliance with responsible palm oil production practices, including no destruction of rainforests, peatlands or abuse of human and labor rights

Sets an assertive deadline to source only responsible palm oil in global operations by the end of 2015, buts provides an option for noncompliant suppliers to work towards compliance after this deadline

Has a commitment to transparent reporting on progress towards full implementation of commitment

Requests its suppliers demonstrate a progressive reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions of the plantations they own and report on the greenhouse gas emissions of their operations

Weaknesses in Palm Oil Commitment:

No requirement for compliance across suppliers’ entire operations

Allows non-compliant suppliers to remain in supply chain after 2015 deadline if they have an action plan in place

No requirement for an immediate moratorium on the destruction of rainforests and peatlands across grower entire operations

No published commitment or procedures to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil suppliers

No public time-bound implementation plan, with clear performance based milestones for achieving traceable, transparent and independently verified supply chains

No requirement for public transparency from palm oil growers, refiners, and traders

Ongoing reliance on discredited RSPO GreenPalm Certificates instead of supply chain transformation

Current status:

Ongoing sourcing from unknown plantations and high risk regions

Company products at high risk of contamination with Conflict Palm Oil

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