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Creating a climate-positive future by conserving natural resources

Biodiversity describes our planet’s rich variety of life, from species to ecosystems. Unfortunately, due to climate change, habitat loss, agriculture practices and other causes, biodiversity is deteriorating worldwide.1

As a plant-based foods company, Kellanova (formerly Kellogg Company) considers biodiversity from both a nature and climate perspective, and are diligent in our efforts to help preserve and protect both. This commitment to maintain the health of our planet and food systems is essential, as our business is dependent on having timely access to high-quality, low-cost ingredients, water and energy for global food production.

We address this important work through our Kellanova Better Days™ Promise to advance sustainable and equitable access to food by creating better days for 4 billion people by 2030 (based on a 2015 baseline unless otherwise noted). To achieve this ambitious goal, we are addressing the intersection of wellbeing, hunger, sustainability and equity, diversity and inclusion.

Our strategic approach

Climate change and food security are considerations for Kellanova to ensure the long-term health and viability of the ingredients we use in our products. As a plant-based food company, the success of Kellanova is dependent on having timely access to high quality, low cost ingredients, water and energy for manufacturing globally. These natural capital dependencies are at risk of shortage, price volatility, regulation, and quality impacts due to climate change, which is assessed as part of Kellanova’s overall enterprise risk management approach. Specific risks including water stress and social accountability are specifically identified and assessed on a regular basis, especially in emerging market expansion that fuels company growth. Due to these risks, Kellanova has implemented short and long-term initiatives to mitigate and adapt to these environmental pressures, as well as the resulting challenge of food security. The Company has incorporated the risks and opportunities of climate change and food security as part of the Kellanova Better Days™ Promise, as described below.

At Kellanova, we are leveraging our global scale and voice to drive climate action and nature-based solutions across our global company. Specific to creating a climate-positive future by conserving natural resources, we are working in the following areas and have made the following public-facing commitments. We also addressed these areas as Kellogg Company and our previous performance and metrics are included in the links below:

  • Climate Action: Setting near- and long-term company-wide emission reductions in line with science-based net-zero standards with the Science Based Targets Initiative (STBi).
  • Water Efficiency: Reducing water use in global Kellanova-owned manufacturing facilities in high-water-stress regions by 30% by the end of 2030.
  • Responsible Sourcing: Responsibly source 12 priority ingredients by the end of 2030. Our priority ingredients include cocoa, corn, eggs, freeze-dried strawberries, hazelnuts, potatoes, palm oil, raisins and sultanas, rice, soy, sugar cane and wheat.
  • Creating a forest-positive future: Working toward 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging (by volume) by the end of 2030 and only using timber-based packaging that is recycled, certified sustainable, or low-risk, or comes from low-risk origins.
  • Human Rights:  Protecting, respecting and advancing the cause of human rights across our value chain in our work internally, externally and in our corporate priorities. 
  • Wellbeing: Advancing the wellbeing of 250,000 people in our food value chain by the end of 2030, from farming communities to processors, prioritizing support for vulnerable groups and paying special attention to those who are at heightened risk for vulnerability or marginalization, including but not limited to women, young people, Indigenous peoples, minorities, people with disabilities, and migrant and/or foreign workers.

The links above provide additional information on our approach, commitments, metrics, and, where applicable, historical Kellogg Company performance and efforts in each of these areas. Kellanova will report on progress toward these commitments in 2025. Kellanova commits to expand disclosure of nature- and biodiversity-related impacts, dependencies, risks, and opportunities. The Company will begin publishing in 2026, on its web page or otherwise, reporting on 2025 data. The Company will provide these disclosures by adopting the recommendations of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (“TNFD”) and publishing TNFD reports, or by reporting under GRI 101: Biodiversity 2024.

Strong governance overseeing our efforts

At Kellanova, we believe all employees play an important role in achieving our climate & responsible sourcing commitments. Additionally, numerous leaders are accountable for achieving specific commitments, based on their roles.

The Board of Directors of Kellanova, both directly and indirectly through its Committees, utilizes our Enterprise Risk Management (“ERM”) process to assist in fulfilling its oversight of the Company's risks. Risks are identified annually through annual reporting and evaluated in the short (<3 years), medium (3 - 6 years) and long terms (>6 years). Natural capital dependencies that are at risk of shortage, price volatility, regulation, and quality impacts due to climate change are assessed as part of Kellanova’s overall enterprise risk management approach. For example, our global water risk assessment completed in 2022 evaluated physical water stress, regulation, usage and business risk. More information regarding the Company’s risk oversight process can be found in our public reporting.

Kellanova's Board of Directors, including its Social Responsibility and Public Policy Committee, oversees our Better Days™ Promise strategy. Our Senior Vice President Chief Global Corporate Affairs Officer, Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain, Senior Vice President Chief Global Human Resources Officer, Senior Vice President Research and Development and other executives who report to the Chairman and CEO, are responsible for successfully implementing the strategy and regularly updating the CEO and Board Committee. Our Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) reports to the Senior Vice President Chief Global Corporate Affairs Officer. Additionally, numerous leaders are accountable for achieving specific Better Days Promise commitments, based on their roles.

In addition, Kellanova has a Global Better Days™ Promise Council as well as regional Better Days™ Promise Councils. The Councils ensure execution on priority strategies to maximize environmental and social performance, share best practices to ensure we are progressing against our commitments.

Prioritizing biodiversity at Kellanova

Many Kellanova initiatives directly or indirectly benefit biodiversity, helping to achieve the ambitious targets in the United Nations Global Biodiversity Framework and the “transition to a nature-positive economy.” For example:

  • We are in year two of a three-year pilot program to bring back the yellowhammer bird, an iconic farmland bird under threat in the U.K. due to fewer food sources and depleted nesting habitats. Kellanova is working with British farmers who supply wheat for their cereals to implement practices, such as creating nesting habitats and introducing winter bird food mixes, to help increase the population of the birds on the participating 150 hectares of wheat fields.
  • InGrained™ is a $2 million, five-year program that partners with Lower Mississippi River Basin rice farmers to reduce their climate impact, ensuring benefits to people and planet are "ingrained" in our foods. Much of the rice sourced from this area is used in iconic rice-based Kellogg's Rice Krispies®. The program works with partners in the Lower Mississippi River Basin to reward rice farmers for the tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions they reduce, using a playbook of climate-positive practices, including those that protect and promote biodiversity, adapted to their farms. The program also has the potential to reduce irrigation water, an opportunity to conserve the region's water resources and reduce farmers' operating costs.

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