THE NESTLÉ COCOA PLAN: Farmers in Côte d’Ivoire receive training on sustainable farming practices.
A survey by the charity Oxfam that scored ten food and beverage companies on their efforts to improve food security and sustainability has ranked Nestlé number one.
But the scorecard in Behind the Brands also made clear that all the companies in the survey needed to show improvement.
Read Nestlé's response to Oxfam's findings: March 7, 2013 - Letter from José Lopez, Executive Vice President Operations (pdf, 443 Kb)
Oxfam ranked the companies according to their policies in seven areas: transparency, farmers, women, agricultural workers, access to land, water and climate change.
The exercise was part of Oxfam’s GROW campaign which is promoting efforts to ensure food security.
While welcoming the fact that Nestlé was ranked number one in the survey, the company said in a statement that it recognised that “improving food security worldwide requires a lot more effort by all stakeholders”.
Nestlé is fully committed to further improving the livelihoods of small farmers through its Rural Development Framework.
By working with more than 690,000 farmers who provide raw materials for the company, Nestlé is in a unique position to make a real impact in this area.
The sustainable use of water is another of Nestlé’s highest priorities.
Nestlé already has a number of programmes aimed at female farmers. In Moga India, the Village Women Development Programme has trained 30,000 women dairy farmers.
In Pakistan, the company’s partnership with the UNDP is also training 4,000 female livestock farmers. In Kenya Nestlé is partnering with Coffee Management Services (CMS) to facilitate women’s empowerment initiatives.
In Colombia, the company is working with a foundation on women’s welfare issues.
Oxfam’s report also highlights supply chain issues for all the companies surveyed.
Nestlé was the first company in the food industry to partner with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to address the difficult problems of social conditions and child labour in its cocoa supply chain.
Nestlé looks forward to working with Oxfam and others to make progress towards a sustainable food system.
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