Continuously improve our green coffee supply chain
Coffee is one of the world’s favorite beverages and billions of cups are enjoyed every day. To safeguard the future of coffee, we must work to increase responsible farming and sourcing practices.
Demonstrating our commitment
As a large-scale buyer of green coffee beans, we have an opportunity to influence how coffee is farmed. Our support and standards are building better lives for farmers and farm workers. For example, since 2010, Nescafé has been distributing high-yield, disease-resistant plantlets to farmers across eight countries to increase their productivity and income.
We are also committed to helping regenerate forests around coffee-growing communities. To support our vision of a deforestation-free supply chain, Nespresso collaborated with PUR Projet to plant 5 million trees in coffee-sourcing regions to regenerate forests.
The result of this and other work is that 75% of our coffee for our Nescafé brand and 93% of the coffee for our Nespresso permanent range is responsibly sourced.
We are now scaling up our ambitions. By 2025, we aim to supply 100% of our Nescafé coffee responsibly. Nespresso has also committed to being carbon neutral by 2022, which will support our work to achieve net zero emissions company-wide by 2050.
Enhancing productivity in Mexico
In Mexico, CPS surveyed 232 medium-to-large farms across Chiapas and Veracruz for child labor violations. The country’s legal working age is 15, but for agricultural work this increases to 18. The survey results highlighted that, while there is still work to be done, we have made significant progress.
Of those surveyed, 19 farms hired minors younger than 18. Unfortunately we found one farm that employed minors younger than 15. While this is unacceptable, it is an improvement from the 12 farms employing minors younger than 15 in 2018/19 crop year.
In response to these findings, notification letters were sent to all farms hiring minors, committing them to immediate action to eradicate child labor and regular follow up monitoring by our field team. The 2018/19 farms with identified issues were re-visited and found to be in compliance with the Mexican labour legislation.
Monitoring labor rights
Our coffee supply chain is a complex global network and, with suppliers in multiple countries, we must observe and comply with a diverse range of regulations and standards.
We work continuously to ensure labor rights compliance across all our coffee origins, focusing on identified hotspots. For example, we currently have intensive monitoring, engagement and remediation programs in Mexico and the Philippines. While the COVID-19 pandemic created some challenges, we continued these programs, working with Certificadora de Productos Sostenibles in Mexico and with Catholic Relief Services in the Philippines.
In Mexico, we surveyed 232 farms across Chiapas and Veracruz for child labor violations. The country’s legal working age is 15, but for agricultural work this increases to 18. The survey results highlighted that, while there is still work to be done, we have made significant progress. Out of this total, 19 were found to be hiring minors (those under 18 years old as per Mexican law). All were formally notified and committed to take immediate corrective actions. These actions were followed up closely by our local team. As part of the 2020 survey, CPS revisited the four farms that were found to be hiring minors in 2019 and had then agreed to take corrective actions. There was no hiring of minors observed on these four farms. We believe that we have made significant progress in tackling unacceptable child labor practices on coffee farms in Mexico, and we will continue these efforts until the practices are eradicated.
In the Philippines, we have focused efforts and resources on raising local awareness of labor rights. In 2020, we completed an initiative designed to share important information on labor issues with nearly 1000 local leaders, farmers and local traders.
Related supply chain disclosure document
- Rural Development Framework, update 2015 (pdf, 2Mb)
- Commitment on Child Labour in Agricultural Supply Chains (pdf, 200Kb)
- Corporate Business Principles (pdf, 1Mb)
- Responsible Sourcing Standard (pdf, 2Mb)
- Commitment on Deforestation and Forest Stewardship (pdf, 300Kb)
- Commitment on Farm Animal Welfare (pdf, 1Mb)
- Natural Capital: Water in Agriculture (pdf, 6Mb)
- Natural Capital: Biodiversity (pdf, 4Mb)