Our Commitment: Preserve natural capital, including forests
We recognise that our long-term success depends upon natural capital, particularly forests, land, soils and water. We aim to develop our business and operations to safeguard natural capital, acting as a responsible steward of natural resources, particularly in terms of water preservation, net zero deforestation by 2020, soil management and biodiversity conservation.
Our objective in 2016
By 2016: 40% of the volume of our 12 priority categories of raw materials has been assessed against our Responsible Sourcing Guideline (RSG) requirements and is compliant, or improvement plans to preserve natural capital are ongoing.
Our progress to date
We continue to implement our RSG in the supply chains of our 12 priority categories. We proactively tackle deforestation in categories considered critical, including palm oil, soya, and pulp and paper. We work with suppliers to map their sourcing, assess their performance and support improvement activities. Other categories, including meat, dairy, cereals, cocoa and coffee, can pose specific issues depending on where they are farmed, which are tackled accordingly. As a member of the Natural Capital Coalition, Nestlé piloted the Natural Capital Protocol in 2016 with its Nespresso business. The Protocol supports organisations in evaluating their own impacts and dependencies on nature.
Our objective towards 2020
By 2020: 70% of the volume of our 12 priority categories of raw materials has been assessed against our RSG requirements and is compliant, or improvement plans to preserve natural capital are ongoing.