Responsible Sourcing Audit Programme
As part of our Responsible Sourcing Audit Programme, key vendors that supply us with animal-derived ingredients are audited against the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA), a set of leading ethical practice guidelines developed by the Sedex Associate Audit Group.
Meat and dairy products are also among the priority categories addressed in the framework of our Responsible Sourcing Traceability Programme.
Training farmers on animal health and welfare in Farmer Connect milk districts
Animal health and welfare is also part of the RISE sustainability assessment that we have been carrying out in our milk districts in 18 different countries for more than 10 years. This assessment incorporates animal health and welfare into the overall sustainability perspective of farming systems.
Animal health and welfare is also included in the training package that we provide to dairy farmers worldwide. In 2012, more than 24,000 farmers were trained on animal health and welfare topics in at least 19 countries where we have fresh milk sourcing operations.
The Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Guideline – now addressing animal welfare
Our Supplier Code already requires our suppliers to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including animal welfare legislation. We also expect our suppliers to communicate these requirements to their own suppliers, back to the farm level. Going beyond legal obligations in 2012, we established the Nestlé Commitment on Farm Animal Welfare. This Commitment serves as the basis of our category-specific requirements for meat, poultry and eggs (pdf, 2 Mb).
Together with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and our supply chain partners, we are working to ensure compliance with our Responsible Sourcing Guideline (RSG) on farm animal welfare. With the implementation of our RSG on farm animal welfare we want to help bring about positive change at every level of our extended supply chain: from our direct suppliers of animal-derived ingredients, to their own suppliers and back to the farms.
Purina – Commitment to pet welfare
Passion for Pets
At Nestlé Purina PetCare, we are committed to helping pets live longer, happier and healthier lives through proper nutrition and care. We have a fundamental responsibility to provide safe, palatable and nutritious products made to the highest standards of quality and safety. We understand and share the strong feelings of love and respect pet owners develop for their pets, because most of us are pet owners too. Therefore, at Purina PetCare, the welfare of dogs and cats is our top priority and a responsibility we will not compromise.