For The Greater Good: Kellogg's CEO Steve Cahillane On Better Days Ahead

Feb 22, 2023

Consumers want to buy products from companies that are making a difference in our communities. The Kellogg Company has gone above and beyond with a myriad of initiatives to better humanity and the planet, including their support of women smallholders, ensuring ED&I in the workplace, and addressing food waste.

In episode 10 of the For the Greater Good podcast, Kellogg's Chairman and CEO Steve Cahillane speaks with Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) CEO John Ross about these initiatives.

Key Takeaways:

  • Cahillane is passionate about food waste. "Food waste is a tragedy. It's a waste of money, it's a waste of time, it's a waste of resources. One in nine people are going to bed hungry every day, but we have enough food — in fact, we have too much food; it's just unevenly distributed."
  • Cahillane is proud of the initiatives put in place by the CGF to address food waste, notably the 10 by 20 by 30 initiative. "About 10 of the biggest manufacturers and retailers come together and go backward into their supply chain, influencing 20 of their suppliers in a meaningful way, getting commitments so that by 2030 we can make dramatic reductions in food waste. It's a great example of what we can do together, leveraging our collective strengths and our own supplier base, that makes a big impact on the world."
  • Kellogg's Better Days initiative aims to advance sustainable and equitable access to food by addressing the intersection of wellbeing, hunger, sustainability, and equity, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) for 3 billion people by the end of 2030.
  • The Kellogg’s InGrained™ program partners with Lower Mississippi River Basin rice farmers to implement climate-positive practices that reduce their impact on the climate. In fact, during the pilot year, farmers achieved a reduction of more than 1,600 metric tons of greenhouse gases, which is the equivalent of taking more than 345 gasoline-powered cars off the road for one year.
  • "Diversity is hugely important, and we want our company to represent the consumers. One of the important goals we have is we want our senior leaders to be 50% female; we want to bring out our underrepresented talent," Cahillane says about their ED&I initiatives.
  • Kellogg's also invests in female farmers. "African smallhold farmers owned by females is a big initiative ours — we've got over a billion dollars of business in Africa and we really feel like we can make a difference to those families in ways that you know will change their lives," Cahillane explains.

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