Promote transparency and proactive, long-term engagement in climate policy
Proactive engagement on climate change
With the right policies, Nestlé will have an impact not only by making our company more sustainable, but by helping others in our supply chain do the same.
Why it matters
Climate change is a global issue; it can’t be tackled by one company. It’s going to take a seismic shift in how society thinks and operates if we’re going to stabilize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, let alone reduce them. Society operating as in the past will simply not work.
Reducing our own emissions is important, but the issue is bigger than us. That’s why we’re using our position as a major company to lead and participate in programs across the world that are designed to support the development of long-term climate policy.
What we are doing
We have been working with major partners around the world to make a difference.
Implement the Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy developed by CDP, the UN Global Compact, Ceres, The Climate Group, the WWF and the World Resources Institute.
Our result: We have continued to disclose our actions on climate change through our public reporting and stakeholder engagement.
Partnering with major food producers to announce the Clean Power Plan
In April 2018, Nestlé joined together with partners across the food industry to submit a public comment to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supporting the Clean Power Plan, which regulates GHG emissions. We strongly support the Clean Power Plan and believe it should be left in place or an even stronger alternative identified and enforced.
Working to keep our food system within environmental limits
A major study, ‘Options for keeping the food system within environmental limits’, was published in the journal Nature in October 2018, exploring whether we can bring the food system within the bounds of sustainability. It suggests three levers of change – improving agricultural technology and management, moving toward more plant-based diets, and reducing food loss and waste – need to be activated at the same time to mitigate the projected increase in environmental pressures on the global food system.
The core findings of the study align with Nestlé’s viewpoint and what we are doing, along with other members of the WBCSD Food Reform for Sustainability and Health (FReSH) project. Although it doesn’t address issues such as market influences, nature-based solutions, product innovation and health outcomes, the study does lay out the key points about what needs to change. And we are already making progress on many of these issues.