We believe that responsible civic engagement is vital to creating better days and a place at the table for everyone. And we are committed to transparency in our work with external stakeholders and our participation in the political process.
Oversight & Compliance
We have a long-standing policy on corporate political activities, set forth below and in our Global Code of Ethics. We have controls in place to direct, monitor, and disclose political activities in compliance with applicable laws.
Engagement in Advocacy
Kellanova’s public policy agenda is anchored in our company’s vision toward a good and just world, where people are not just fed but fulfilled. Integrity and transparency are integral to this mission and our government relations activities.
To learn more, our Global Wellbeing Positions, Metrics and Reporting provides detailed information covering a variety of topics.
Involvement in Trade Associations
Kellanova regularly engages in multi-stakeholder partnerships to advocate together where a common position can be found. We respect the opportunity for all groups to participate in the policy process.
Kellanova is a member of, or otherwise contributes to, several associations engaging in lobbying and political activities worldwide. Globally, we publish a list of groups to which our dues/payments exceed $50,000 USD/year, and specific to U.S. federal lobbying, we indicate the portions attributed to non-deductible lobbying activities as reported to us by these organizations.
Following is a list of these organizations across the regions where we operate:
Asia, Middle East, & Africa
*Denotes where Kellanova leaders serve on boards
Kellanova continuously reviews the positions of its trade associations and industry policy groups to which it belongs to assess the extent to which they align with the company’s own policy positions. We may not always agree with every position of our associations. When we do not agree, we communicate our position transparently and may engage independently. In the event of significant misalignment, we have a process in place to assess continued membership.
Kellanova also ensures that the individuals engaging with trade associations understand and adhere to company ethics and compliance policies.
Engagement in the Political Process
Corporate Political Contributions
Where permitted by law, Kellanova may contribute to candidates, political parties, political committees, and ballot initiatives. Any political contribution with corporate funds requires approval by the Vice President, Global Government Relations; Chief Global Corporate Affairs Officer; and the General Counsel. We’ve chosen not to engage in certain legally permissible political activities. For example, we do not make direct independent expenditures (IEs). We also do not contribute to IE committees (“super PACs”) or to other groups, e.g. 501(c)(4) and 527 organizations, for the purposes of making IEs.
Political contributions reflect the interests of Kellanova and not those of its officers, executives, or directors. We post details here of corporate political contributions in all countries they are made, although to date, all contributions have been U.S.-specific. We update this information semi-annually:
Our Board of Directors’ Social Responsibility and Public Policy Committee is composed entirely of outside directors, and has oversight responsibility of all government relations activities, political expenditures made with corporate funds, involvement in trade associations, and the company’s corporate civic engagement policy.
Employee Political Action Committee (PAC)
Originally established in 1976 under Kellogg Company, the Kellanova PAC is funded by personal, voluntary contributions from eligible employees and Board members, and is governed by an executive Steering Committee. The PAC is non-partisan and contributes to candidates across the political spectrum who support policies that enable the growth and prosperity of our company and our communities and advance our Better Days™ Promise social and environmental purpose strategy.