In 2010, we identified the first 12 priority categories to be covered by our Responsible Sourcing Traceability Programme, which seeks to ensure we can identify risk and assure responsible sourcing across key product areas back to the farm or feedstock. In 2010, we officially launched the Nescafé Plan and the Nestlé Cocoa Plan and we put in place Action Plans for palm oil and paper and board. In 2011, we launched Action Plans for soya, hazelnuts and natural vanilla. In 2012, we launched an Action Plan on soya and developed Responsible Sourcing Guidelines for fish and seafood, dairy, meat, poultry and eggs.
See Deforestation for our strategies on managing palm oil, soya and pulp and paper.
Responsible sourcing of sugar
In 2011, with the help of Proforest, a not-for-profit organisation specialising in natural resources sustainability, we developed category specific requirements for sugar (pdf, 2 Mb). These define the environmental and social performance we require of our sugar suppliers and give guidance on how to achieve it. A key focus of our work in cane sugar is to help increase farm yields while reducing water consumption and inputs, and improving soil fertility.
In 2012, we mapped our sugar supply chains in Brazil, Mexico and India. We also made strong progress in assessing our priority suppliers in these countries against our RSGs. The assessments cover both sugar mills and sugar cane farmers and identify priority areas for continuous improvement towards compliance with our RSG.
In 2013, we will start implementing the RSG Action Plans with our suppliers in Brazil, Mexico and India and extend the RSG process to three additional countries/regions: Australia, Thailand and Europe.
In August 2013, Nestlé became a member of Bonsucro which fosters the sustainability of the sugar cane system and will accelerate the roll out of the Responsible Sourcing Guideline requirements. Read more on the Bonsucro website
Responsible sourcing of hazelnuts
Turkey is the world’s leading producer of hazelnuts. In 2011, we were the first company to partner with the Fair Labor Association (FLA), to assess labour conditions in hazelnut harvesting on Turkey’s Black Sea coast.
In February 2012, on the basis of the FLA assessment report, we announced an Action Plan to promote fair labour conditions for all workers involved in our hazelnut supply chain in Turkey. We have committed to sourcing 100% of the Turkish hazelnuts harvested from transparent supply chains that are subject to an effective labour assessment monitoring and remediation systems by 2014. Labour practices will be independently verified against our Supplier Code and the FLA Code of Conduct, and corrective actions taken with suppliers if unwanted practices are identified. By the time of the hazelnut harvest in August 2012, we had delivered strong progress against our commitment:
- In 2012, more than 50% of the hazelnuts harvested for supply to Nestlé came from supply chains that were transparent all the way back to the hazelnut gardens
- 320 independent third party audits of labour practices have been conducted in these supply chains, indicating an average compliance rate of more than 95%. These results are very encouraging and reflect the increased awareness of the entire upstream value chain of the importance of sound labour conditions at the harvest stage
- Our objective for 2013: 70% of the hazelnuts harvested in 2013, for supply to Nestlé will come from transparent supply chains that are independently audited against core labour standards. Our ambition is that this will reach 100% of the hazelnut harvest by 2014
- An update (pdf, 149 Kb) on the Action Plan issued in November 2012
Responsible sourcing of natural vanilla
Madagascar is the world’s leading producer of natural vanilla. The vanilla orchid is grown mainly in remote rural areas of the island. It is a smallholder cash crop in an agriculturally subsistent economy.
To create shared value along the supply chain, including at farmer level, in 2012, we and our suppliers established an action plan to continuously increase the volumes of vanilla we buy that can be traced back to the farm level. Our ambition for 2013, is to source 35% of our natural vanilla from traceable, certified sources. By 2014, our ambition is to source 100% from traceable, certified sources.
Based on the establishment of traceability in 2013, we will also start engaging with our suppliers of certified vanilla in farmer support projects with the aim to promote best agricultural practices and sound environmental practices as well as education, health and nutrition initiatives, that help improve the conditions of small-scale vanilla farmers and rural communities.
Responsible fish and seafood sourcing
In 2012, we developed category specific requirements for fish and seafood (pdf, 2 Mb). These are applicable to all our businesses and country-level operations. They establish a consistent framework for our engagement with suppliers with the ambition that all wild and farmed seafood supplied to us will come from responsible sources that are committed to a process of continuous improvement towards environmental, economic and social sustainability.
The RSG stipulates the correct identification of species and the integrity of seafood supply chains as an indispensable basis to assess and manage long-term resource sustainability. We also recognise the maintenance of biodiversity and natural populations of species will help ensure a long term, economically viable seafood industry. This is critical as the fishery and aquaculture sectors are significant socio-economic contributors to local livelihoods, especially in developing countries. Therefore, we strive to source its seafood raw materials from suppliers, fisheries and farms that respect the vulnerability of species and that do not over-exploit natural populations.
In 2013, our businesses that use seafood will assess their supply chains to identify priority areas for continuous improvement and supplier engagement. We are committed to transparently communicating their progress in implementing our RSG requirements to business partners, customers and other relevant stakeholders.