Did you know that we work with almost 165,000 direct suppliers and 695,000 individual farmers worldwide?
We’re committed to fostering responsible practices in our supply chain, while ensuring that our sourcing and supplier relationships deliver a competitive advantage.
Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Standard
Our Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Standard (pdf, 2Mb) describes the requirements and ways of working that we apply together with our suppliers to ensure the sustainable long-term supply of materials and services to Nestlé. It sets out basic non-negotiable standards as well as important and urgent sustainability practices that we ask our suppliers, their employees, agents and subcontractors to respect and to adhere to at all times when conducting business.
As of July 1st 2018, it replaces previous versions of the Nestle Supplier Code, as well as the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Guideline and the Nestlé Commitment for the Responsible Use of Agricultural Raw Materials. Any references to these documents should be considered as references to the Standard.
The Standard is an integral part of all of our purchase orders and supply contracts. Through our Sustainable Sourcing Tier 1 program, we verify compliance with the Standard by our direct suppliers through independent audits carried out by audit firms accredited by Nestlé. These audits follow the SMETA Best Practice Guidance (pdf, 2Mb). If non-compliance issues or gaps are found, a time-bound action plan is developed and implemented by the supplier. The implementation of this plan will be later verified by the auditor. In case a supplier refuses to undergo an audit or to close gaps, we may terminate the business relationship. In 2019, around 3500 audits were carried out covering 19% of our total spend.
In addition to verifying compliance with our direct suppliers, we have identified 15 raw materials that present higher risk of environmental and/or social issues. For those, we work closely with our direct suppliers and partners to conduct a mapping of our upstream supply chains and carry out farm assessments in our upstream supply chain with partner organizations. In many cases, issues are identified that require long-term, tailored interventions to tackle their root causes for greater impact.
Find out more about how we implement the Standard worldwide through our commitment to responsible sourcing.
Other language versions available in Documents and reports.
Best practices for suppliers
Download our brochures and checklists:
- Guidance to minimize microbiological risk - Washing produce 2017 (pdf, 2Mb)
- Guidance to minimize microbiological risk - Drying produce 2018 (pdf, 6Mb)
- Guidance to minimize microbiological risk - Steaming of dried produce 2018 (pdf, 3Mb)
- Minimizing the risk of microbial contamination in primary production of berries - 2016 (pdf, 15Mb)
- Minimizing microbial contamination in primary production of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices – short version 2018 (pdf, 5Mb)
- Minimizing microbial contamination in primary production of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices – long version 2018 - part 1 (pdf, 8Mb)
- Minimizing microbial contamination in primary production of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices – long version 2018 - part 2 (pdf, 12Mb)
- Washing checklist (xls, 150Kb)
- Drying checklist (xls, 150Kb)
- Steaming checklist (xls, 150Kb)
- Chlorate thresholds and limits (xls, 300Kb)
- Nestlé Corporate Business Principles (pdf, 1Mb)
- Nestlé Commitment on Child Labour (pdf, 200Kb)
- Nestlé Commitment on Deforestation and Forest Stewardship (pdf, 205Kb)
- Nestlé Commitment on Farm Animal Welfare (pdf, 1Mb)
- Food Fraud Prevention (pdf, 1Mb)
- Microbiological Specifications (pdf, 1Mb)