Coffee sourcing

Our commitment: Continuously improve our green coffee supply chain

Our commitment: Roll out the Nescafé Plan with coffee farmers

We need to secure supplies of high-quality coffee, but ageing or diseased trees, declining yields, volatile prices and climate change threaten the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and the sustainability of the sector. Our response is to provide farmers with new routes to market, disease-resistant plants and technical assistance through the Nescafé Plan and the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality Program.

Our objectives

By 2015: To improve the sustainability of the Nescafé supply chain, source 180 000 tonnes of coffee from Farmer Connect, all of which are compliant with the Common Code for the Coffee Community’s (4C) baseline sustainability standard.

By 2020: Nescafé to improve the quality, quantity and sustainability of its coffee supply chain by distributing 220 million coffee plantlets.

By 2020: Nescafé to source 90 000 tonnes of coffee that is compliant with the Sustainable Agriculture Network principles.

By 2020: Source 100% of the coffee for Nespresso’s permanent range through its AAA Sustainable Quality Program on coffee sourcing, and improve farmer social welfare.

Our progress

In 2015, Nescafé achieved its sourcing objective, buying 225 600 tonnes of green coffee through Farmer Connect, 191 700 tonnes of which complied with the 4C standard, while Nespresso sourced 85% of its coffee through its AAA Program. We also distributed 28.6 million plantlets in 2015, taking our cumulative total to 100.7 million.

Number of coffee plantlets distributed through the Nescafé Plan (in millions)

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Year 2013 2014 2015
Number 21.3 million 30.0 million 28.8 million

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