Natural capital

Our commitment: Preserve natural capital, including forests



Our commitment: Preserve natural capital, including forests

We depend on biodiversity in many ways, but especially for the raw materials we source from farms, forests and oceans. We are committed to mobilising resources to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020, and helping farmers improve environmental performance through Responsible Sourcing initiatives.


Our objectives

By 2015: Improvement programmes are taking place for all factories adjacent to Important Water Areas to improve our impacts on the surrounding area.

By 2015: 30% of the volume of our 12 priority categories of raw materials will be assessed against our Responsible Sourcing Guideline requirements and is compliant, or improvement plans to preserve natural capital are ongoing.

By 2016: 40% of the volume of our 12 priority categories of raw materials will be assessed against our Responsible Sourcing Guideline requirements and is compliant, or improvement plans to preserve natural capital are ongoing.


Our progress

We continue to work with partners to identify those factories where we have either a dependency or a potential impact on Important Water Areas, and continue to recommend operational improvements and strengthen stakeholder engagement at these sites.

We are currently contributing to the development of the Natural Capital Protocol, which will help organisations understand, measure and value their impacts and dependencies on the natural environment, and are one of 10 companies testing the first draft. We also produced a valuation of Nestlé’s own impact on natural capital and, through the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s (CISL) Natural Capital Leaders Platform, helped to measure natural capital in the UK dairy sector in 2015.

Volume of priority categories assessed against our Responsible Sourcing Guideline requirements

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Year 2013 2014 2015
Progress 17% 28% 43%


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