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Pringles
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 3 out of 17

Sustainability summary

Pringles has achieved the D label. According to us, Pringles is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed. In order to improve the score, we would love to see that Pringles, or brand owner Kellogg, reports more concrete achievements and goals.

Brand owner: Kellogg Co.
Head office: Battle Creek, MI, USA
Sector: Chips crisps
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Pringles sustainability score report

Last edited: 14 August 2015 by Hilary
Last reviewed: 14 August 2015 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Kelloggs Co. (Pringles' brand owner) has taken several policy measures to reduce carbon emissions, such as expanding the use of low-carbon energy in plants by 50% and to reduce energy use and GHG emissions in its plants by an additional 15% per metric tonne of food produced from its 2015 performance (see link, page 62). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Kelloggs reduced its footprint from 1.20 million metric tons of CO2e in 2013 to 1.15 million metric tons of CO2e in 2014, which represents a reduction of around 4,2% (see link, page 63). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Kelloggs does not report any information about the percentage of its energy that is obtained from renewable sources, but has set a goal to obtain 50% of its energy for its plants from "low carbon" sources by 2020 (see link, page 62). Source
4. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ (scope 1 & 2) carbon footprint by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Kelloggs has set a target to reduce 15% of their greenhouse gas emissions (per metric tonne of food produced, base year 2005) by 2020. However, Kellogg does not communicate information on total target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions on its website (see link, page 9). Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations (Scope 3)? Kelloggs mentions a new climate policy to reduce carbon emissions in the supply chain, but does not yet report clear results achieved to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain (see link, page 62). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 7
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally certified potatoes and/or corn for at least 5% of its volume? Kelloggs (brand owner of Pringles) does not communicate any information about use of organic or Fair Trade certified potatoes/corn in its product(s), if there is any, on its website. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. Source
2. Does the brand (company) use organic or otherwise environmentally certified potatoes and/or corn for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand (company) use environmentally certified potatoes and/or corn for its entire volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand (company) use environmentally certified oil in its products and in the case of palm oil use, does the brand source sustainable palm oil for all its palm oil containing products only? Kelloggs reports clearly on the share of RSPO or Green Palm certified palm oil. However, in 2014 66% of Kellogg's palm oil processed was still 'mass balance' certified only. Furthermore, clear reporting on other oils, such as sunflower-, corn- or canola oil is not provided (see link, page 19). Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase its other ingredients (such as salt, pepper and flavors) from environmentally certified sources? Kelloggs does not communicate any information about use of organic certified salt, peper and flavors for Pringles products. Source
6. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of its shipping packaging and carrier bags, by reducing, re-using, recycling and responsible sourcing of packaging materials, and does the brand annually report on these results? Kelloggs is part of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and aims to have 100% of its timber-based packaging from either recycled content or from certified sustainable sources. However, aggregate results regarding its packaging materials footprint are not made public (see link, page 70 – 71). Source
7. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Kelloggs reports the annual waste footprint in total and per tonne of food produced, and has reduced its net waste by 12,2% between 2013 and 2014 by implementing its "Waste Pyramid" measures for handling waste (see link, page 68-69). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 out of 4
1. Does the brand (company) have a policy to provide for fair labor conditions for all own employees, those of its suppliers and for farmers in low wage countries, that include at least the following standards: No forced or slave labor, no child labor, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace? Kelloggs has a Code of Conduct for its own employees (see link, page 13 pp.) and for its suppliers (see link in Labor Conditions question 2) that includes all these standards. Source
2. Does the brand (company) have a policy to provide for fair labor conditions in low wage countries: 1) a formal employment relationship; 2) a maximum working week of 60 hours including paid overtime; 3) a living wage; and 4) to form and join labor unions and bargain collectively; and in those situations where these rights are restricted under law, to develop parallel means? These rights are not sufficiently mentioned in the Kelloggs Code of Conduct(s). Source
3. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy? Kelloggs mentions conducting audits of its suppliers (693 supplier audits in 2014), but comprehensive audit results are not published. (see link, page 49). Source
4. Does the brand (company) have a published list of (corn and/or potatoes and oil) suppliers and factories that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Kelloggs does not publish a list of its potato/corn/oil suppliers on its website. Source