Natural capital

Our commitment: Preserve natural capital, including forests

Our commitment: Preserve natural capital, including forests

Our objectives

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

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

Our progress

28% by volume of our priority categories are now responsibly sourced in accordance with our guideline requirements (2013: 17%).

In 2014, the pledges we made included backing the New York Declaration on Forests, whose vision is to halt and reverse the loss of forests.

We continue to identify improvement programmes at those factories adjacent to Important Water Areas and will report our progress next year.

Our perspective

We source a large range of raw materials from farms and forests, and we recognise our long-term success depends on the products and services provided by natural capital. That is why, in our Nestlé Commitment on Natural Capital, we state our intention to manage our operations in a way that protects forests, biodiversity and ecosystem services; act as a responsible steward of natural capital; report on risks and responses; support consumers to make better-informed choices; and work with stakeholders.

We take a proactive role in tackling deforestation through improved traceability and supplier engagement, pledging through our No Deforestation Commitment that our products will not be associated with the practice. We continue to work with partners to source credible data on where deforestation is occurring and to identify Important Water Areas around our operations.

In 2014, we backed the New York Declaration on Forests, whose vision is of halting and reversing the loss of forests, and endorsed the CDP climate change initiative to commit to removing commodity-driven deforestation from all supply chains by 2020. We also share the Consumer Goods Forum resolution “to mobilise resources within our respective businesses to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020”.

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