Our experience and scale as a global food producer enable us to make a difference by supporting rural development and economic growth throughout our supply chains. Working closely with farmers, their communities and expert organizations, we look to identify the root causes of challenges farmers face, and develop solutions to help them improve their practices, increase their productivity and income, and make farming a more attractive sector. We do this across four key areas:
- Assessing farmers’ needs, to ensure we address the right issues.
- Farmer economics, to help make farms and farming economically viable and attractive for the next generation.
- Farmer diets, to ensure farmers and their families are healthy and have access to the nutrition they need.
- Responsible sourcing, ensuring our supplies of raw ingredients are sourced in way that meets our Responsible Sourcing Standard and the growing demand from consumers for ethical sourcing.
To address these areas, we now focus increasingly on impact by using our Theory of Change (ToC), which we have developed for the different categories we buy. This allows Nestlé to focus our activity where it matters most and measure our impact at a global level. The ToC methodology identifies desired long-term goals, then works back to determine what conditions must be in place for the goals to be reached.
Initially, this impact-centered approach has been implemented in our Farmer Connect coffee supply chain. Where we source directly, Farmer Connect is our longstanding program to support local farmers to thrive in their communities. ToC methodology has enabled us to better support farmers by targeting specific needs where we can deliver the biggest impact across our supply chain.
Our work on rural development contributes to SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 16 and 17.
Our material issues are those that have the most impact on the economy, society and the environment. See how we map our material issues to the UN SDGs (pdf, 600Kb)