Link to teaching case:
Kellogg Chief Sustainability Officer Diane Holdorf is facing a campaign by environmental activists who allege that the company’s Indonesian supplier Wilmar International is illegally growing palm and is engaged in slash and burn practices. Protestors are lining up outside the company’s Battle Creek, Michigan headquarters to rally against the partnership. While Kellogg only uses a small amount of palm in its products, the partnership with Wilmar provides the company with important strategic access to the Chinese market. Holdorf will be speaking with Kellogg’s CEO in two days and is expected to provide him with her recommendations on how to proceed. Students are asked examine the extent of Kellogg’s accountability for Wilmar’s actions and decide how to respond to the allegations against its joint venture partner.