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Supporting regenerative agriculture

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Nearly two-thirds of our emissions come from agriculture. That is why we are investing CHF 1.2 billion by 2025 to contribute to building regenerative agriculture practices.

We work closely with farmers, suppliers and communities where we operate to source our ingredients in a way that generates positive environmental and social impacts.

We are launching initiatives to protect ecosystems, enhance biodiversity and reduce emissions caused by farming in our supply chain.

We work closely with farmers, suppliers and communities where we operate to source our ingredients in a way that generates positive environmental and social impacts.

We are launching initiatives to protect ecosystems, enhance biodiversity and reduce emissions caused by farming in our supply chain.

Our work will help the half a million farmers we directly and indirectly purchase ingredients from adopt sustainable practices and enhance livelihoods. It will also help create economic opportunities in rural communities and protect food security.

A significant quantity of the ingredients we purchase come from natural ecosystems, which are under pressure from agriculture: 27% of our in-scope 2018 footprint can be linked back to these agricultural ingredients.

We are going to accelerate our efforts to protect and restore these areas, working with farmers and suppliers to enhance biodiversity and limit GHG emissions. This includes avoiding/eliminating deforestation and natural habitat conservation as well as planting hundreds of millions of trees to unlock the power of agroforestry and reforestation in tackling emissions.

Some crops, such as cocoa and coffee, grow better in the shade. We are encouraging farmers to plant more shade trees to protect these crops from heat stress and other threats such as excessive rainfall. Shade trees also improve water management and biodiversity, and absorb carbon from the atmosphere to drive down emissions.

The conversion of natural landscapes for ingredients in our supply chain is estimated to account for between 25–35% of our total ingredient emissions. For key crop supply chains, such as cocoa, coffee, palm oil and soybean, the proportion can be even higher.

Our zero deforestation commitment forms a critical element of our journey to net zero. Alongside new partnerships and initiatives, farm-level assessments, sustainability certifications and satellite monitoring systems will continuously scrutinize and prevent forest cover and land use change.

Where forest degradation has happened, we have ambitious reforestation plans and are set to plant at least 3 million trees in key sourcing locations by 2021, and a further 3 million by 2023.

We have also invested CHF 2.5 million in critical forest conservation and restoration in Côte d'Ivoire. This is the start of a broader and much larger global conservation and restoration strategy to remove more carbon and deliver important ecosystem services in the landscapes we source from. Our ambition is to make conservation and restoration standard practice throughout our supply chains.

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