We are working towards 35% reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions and water usage. Angela Dennis | Director, Technical Packaging & Environmental Officer
At Nestlé we are committed to protecting the future of our planet and we do this by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the amount of water we use and getting to zero waste for disposal in all of our operations.
By 2020 we commit to:
- Zero waste for disposal
- 35% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (2010-2020 period)
- 35% reduction of water usage in our factories (2010-2020 period)
We implemented the globally developed Responsible Sourcing Guidelines, which require thorough monitoring of our supply chain to ensure compliance at every stage in regards to labour and human rights, environmental sustainability and animal welfare. From the farm to the fork everyone in our company has a role to play.
To implement responsible sourcing across our supply chain, we are conducting a large number of audits and rely on third party investigations when necessary. For example, in August 2014, we invited the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to help us to examine our cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire. The FLA then published a report highlighting areas where we need to do more to meet its Code of Conduct. Based on these findings, we further developed our action plan to tackle the child labour issue. Our Nestlé Cocoa Plan addresses this issue and aims to improve the lives of cocoa farming communities and the quality of the cocoa we purchase.
In 2015, we commissioned global NGO Verité, an organization which works with companies to help understand and address labour issues. Verité investigated allegations of forced labour and trafficking in the recruitment, hiring, employment and living conditions of foreign migrant workers in the Thai fishing industry. A report was published that includes recommendations not only for Nestlé, but also for suppliers and government authorities. The findings are not unique or limited to Nestlé’s supply chain, yet we immediately addressed the problem with an action plan focusing on ten key activities.