Responsible sourcing

Our commitment: Implement responsible sourcing in our supply chain

Our commitment: Implement responsible sourcing in our supply chain

Consumers and other stakeholders increasingly want to know where their food comes from and how it was produced. Working alongside NGO partners, we map our supply chains, and conduct supplier audits and farm assessments to ensure the procurement of 12 priority ingredients complies with our Responsible Sourcing Guideline criteria.

Our objectives

By 2015: To both improve and demonstrate compliance with the Nestlé Supplier Code, and complete 10 000 Responsible Sourcing Guideline audits, 70% of them with full compliance.

By 2015: 40% of the volumes of the 12 priority categories (palm oil, soya, sugar, pulp and paper, coffee, cocoa, dairy, fish and seafood, shea, vanilla, hazelnuts, and meat, poultry and eggs) to be traceable.

By 2016: For Tier 1 suppliers, cover 50% of the total volume sourced from Responsible Sourcing Guideline audited Tier 1 suppliers, with 70% compliance.

By 2016: For upstream, 50% of the volume of our 12 priority categories to be traceable.

Our progress

Supplier audits (cumulative 2010 – 2015)

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Year 2013 2014 2015
Number 6 500 8 700 10 950

Our objective of conducting 10 000 audits has been achieved and, already, 61% of the non-compliances identified have been addressed. We also achieved our traceability and responsible sourcing targets, although levels vary across categories; 95% of the vanilla we procure is traceable but our meat, poultry, eggs and fish supply chains are more complex and progress is slower. We have set ourselves a new traceability objective for 2016.

Our Responsible Sourcing Traceability Operations

To be able to answer a key question that is being asked by our consumers: “Where does this food comes from?”, Nestlé is deploying a Supply Chain Management Programme operated by Achilles Ltd.

This Programme provides Nestlé suppliers (and their sub-suppliers) with a cost-effective, time-efficient and secure online process to trace their ingredients back to all potential farm or plantation’s origins.

Supply Chain Mapping is an integral requirement of Nestlé’s Responsible Sourcing Traceability Operations (RST-SCM) and is governed by the Nestlé Supplier Code.

The main objectives of the Supply Chain Mapping Programme are:

  • Develop a comprehensive picture of the extended supply chain right down to the farm level
  • Gain a better understanding of the suppliers that contribute to the products sold by Nestlé
  • Create a single, reliable online data source of supply chain mapping information that can be accessed centrally and is maintained annually and securely by an independent third party

The Programme is being rolled-out across our global supply base using a phased approach based on regions and product categories. Participation is therefore on an invitation basis only.

To find out more, download the RST-SCM Supplier Brochure (pdf, 655 Kb)

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