Nestlé will break new ground in supply chain transparency through a collaboration with OpenSC – an innovative blockchain platform that allows consumers to track their food right back to the farm.
Through this collaboration, Nestlé becomes the first major food and beverage company to announce that it will pilot open blockchain technology in this way. This is part of Nestlé’s journey towards full transparency.
Founded by WWF-Australia and The Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures, OpenSC has developed a platform that will give anyone, anywhere access to independently verifiable sustainability and supply chain data.
The initial pilot program will trace milk from farms and producers in New Zealand to Nestlé factories and warehouses in the Middle East. Later, the technology will be tested using palm oil sourced in the Americas. These pilots will allow Nestlé to understand how scalable the system is.
Magdi Batato, Executive Vice President, Head of Operations, Nestlé S.A. said, “We want our consumers to make an informed decision on their choice of products – to choose products produced responsibly. Open blockchain technology might allow us to share reliable information with consumers in an accessible way.”
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Nestlé Vietnam and La Vie – Nestlé Waters today sign a partnership with seven other companies to establish a not-for-profit Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO Vietnam) to support the growth of a strong, resilient domestic packaging collection and recycling ecosystem.
PRO Vietnam’s ambition is that, by 2030, all packaging materials put into the market by its participating members shall be collected for recycling.
"We are pleased to be joining the coalition, which is recognized by the government of Vietnam, to drive circular economy and make recycling of packaging more accessible and sustainable," said Mr. Ganesan Ampalavanar, Managing Director of Nestlé Vietnam. "Nestlé has a longer-term ambition to stop plastic leakage into the environment. Our involvement in PRO Vietnam will further accelerate our efforts to realize this ambition."
PRO Vietnam will focus its activities on three pillars: first, educating consumers on recycling awareness and segregation; second, strengthening the existing packaging collection ecosystem; and third, supporting recycling programs of processors and recyclers.
Working with stakeholders, including the government, PRO Vietnam aims to improve livelihood conditions and create jobs for individuals and businesses working on post-consumer packaging.
This announcement follows a series of specific initiatives and steps to accelerate action to tackle plastic waste, in line with Nestlé's commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
For more information, read the PRO Vietnam press release (pdf, 590 Kb).
On this occasion, Laurent Freixe, Nestlé CEO for the Americas said, "We are very proud and pleased to hold the Pacific Alliance Youth Summit for the first time in Mexico and to welcome the representatives of the countries of the Pacific Alliance. With the fourth Pacific Alliance Youth Summit, we continue to promote dual education and boost the labor competitiveness of young people through improving their skills and abilities."
The summit welcomed young people from across the Pacific Alliance countries, as well as representatives from the governments of Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Switzerland. The International Labour Organization, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Iberoamerican Youth Organization also took part.
The summit focused on the future of work, the skills needed for the 21st Century, as well as the important role of agriculture as a catalyst for the economic and social development of the four countries.
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More than 600 Nestlé employees and their families are expected to join a clean-up initiative around Lac Léman, Switzerland on 22 June 2019. This initiative is part of Nestlé’s broader vision to achieve a waste-free future.
In collaboration with ASL (Association pour la Sauvegarde du Léman) and with the support of 10 municipalities along the Riviera region, volunteers will remove all types of waste littered in the environment. The plastic waste collected will then be sorted and recycled in the municipal recycling systems.
Nestlé extends its gratitude and appreciation to the municipalities of Bourg-en-Lavaux, Corseaux, La Tour-de-Peilz, Lutry, Montreux, Paudex, Pully, St-Sulpice, Vevey and Villeneuve for their full support and collaboration in organizing this initiative.
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Nestlé is pleased to welcome Cecilia Chatterjee-Martinsen and Frederick K. Swaniker to its Creating Shared Value (CSV) Council.
Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO, said: "At Nestlé, we believe to be successful in the long term we must create value for both our shareholders and for society. We greatly value the CSV Council’s guidance on our actions to ensure our business acts as a force for good. Cecilia’s expertise on water and Fred’s entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to creating young leaders in Africa will be great additions to the work of the Council."
The Creating Shared Value (CSV) Council is an external advisory council formed in 2009. It helps to ensure the sound development long term sustainability and positive social and economic impact of the CSV business strategy.
Chaired by Janet Voûte, the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Council is comprised of eight external members, whose expertise spans corporate social responsibility, strategy, sustainability, nutrition, water and rural development. Council members also participate in Nestlé’s CSV Global Forum and form the judging panel for the Nestlé CSV Prize.
Laurent Freixe, Executive Vice President, CEO Zone Americas of Nestlé, will assume the Chairmanship of the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) today, for a period of two years.
Elected by GAN members at the International Labour Conference (ILC) on 11 June, Laurent Freixe will help lead the organization in its strategic direction. The overall aim of GAN is to encourage businesses to empower people with 21st century skills by putting in place work-based learning approaches that are inclusive, diverse and accessible.
Laurent Freixe takes over the Chairmanship from Alain Dehaze, CEO of The Adecco Group, who led GAN’s work over the past 3.5 years and was instrumental in expanding the organization’s membership and network to 16 countries around the globe.
During the official handover ceremony, Laurent Freixe said that he looks forward to "stepping-up our collaborative work as GAN Chair by bringing business & government together, and continuing this great journey connecting education and employment through work-based learning."
For the full press release please visit: www.gan-global.org
Nestlé announced today the launch of MATERNA Opti-Lac, a probiotic solution for lactating mothers, to help them reduce the risk of breast pain and mastitis – a painful inflammatory condition of the breast – during breastfeeding.
MATERNA Opti-Lac is a food supplement that contains a patented unique probiotic strain L. fermentum LC40, naturally found in breastmilk of healthy mums to support breast health.
MATERNA Opti-Lac is being launched first in Hong Kong with several markets to follow in the coming months globally. The hard gel capsules should be taken daily from the start of breastfeeding. Products will be available in pharmacies, drugstores, baby stores, retail shops and hospitals.
Thierry Philardeau, Head of Nutrition Strategic Business Unit, said: ‘’Maternal and infant nutrition are equally important in the first 1000 days of life. We offer high-quality, nutritionally balanced and science-based products to mothers and babies during this period. With MATERNA Opti-Lac, we are helping mothers to continue breastfeeding and offer their babies a solid foundation for life. It is a privilege to accompany many millions of mothers on this journey.’’
Breastmilk is the ideal nutrition for babies. This is why Nestlé promotes, protects and supports World Health Organization’s recommendation of six months exclusive breastfeeding, followed by the introduction of adequate nutritious complementary foods along with sustained breastfeeding up to two years of age and beyond.
During breastfeeding, problems such as breast pain or mastitis can leave mums feeling so unwell that they often stop breastfeeding. Mastitis affects up to 1 in 3 mums especially in the first 3 months of breastfeeding.
Research has shown that L. fermentum LC40 may be an effective way to help mums reduce the risk of breast pain and mastitis while allowing them to continue breastfeeding.
Nestlé has been active in developing science-based products and services that support pregnant or breastfeeding mothers and their infants. Through cutting-edge research initiatives such as LIFE (Lactation for Infant Feeding Expertise), the company is better equipped to understand human milk composition and its association with maternal nutritional status and infant health.
Last year the company launched MATERNA G-Balance, a new nutritional solution for pregnant women to help prevent gestational diabetes. With the introduction of MATERNA Opti-Lac, Nestlé is strengthening its portfolio, underlining its commitment to support optimal nutrition for mothers and babies during the first 1000 days of life.
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Nestlé today joined the pioneering project launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to develop circular economy solutions associated with today’s food system.
The launch of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Food initiative follows the publication of its report Cities and Circular Economy for Food, at the World Economic Forum in January 2019. The report concluded that to meet the dietary needs of a growing global population, while restoring biodiversity and addressing the climate crisis, the food system requires fundamental redesign.
In three Flagship Cities – London, New York, and São Paulo – the Foundation will lead major food system projects to demonstrate how a circular economy vision for food can be achieved at scale. It is the first time cities and companies have come together in this way. The three-year initiative is supported by Philanthropic Partner Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
The Food initiative will develop solutions in line with a vision of a circular economy for food based on three principles:
Source food grown regeneratively, and locally where appropriate. Producing food regeneratively to rebuild the health of the natural world, rather than degrade it.
Make the most of food. Food is grown, processed, transported, prepared, and by-products managed, in ways that benefit the health of people and natural systems. Food is designed to cycle, so by-products from one enterprise can help to improve soil health.
Design and market healthier food products. Waste is designed out and food products are created to not only be healthy from a nutritional standpoint, but in the way they are produced.
Read more: Ellen MacArthur Foundation Food initiative
To mark World Oceans Day today, over 5,000 Nestlé employees and their families gathered in 66 locations worldwide to remove plastic waste from local water bodies.
The hundreds of employees’ children present at the events participated in educational programs on the environment and wildlife conservation, as well as learning more about recycling.
Plastic waste is one of the world’s most pressing issues. Through clean up initiatives and other activities, Nestlé aims to play an active role in changing behavior and raising public awareness about reducing plastic waste and recycling more. This is part of the Nestlé’s broader vision to achieve a waste-free future.
In pictures: World Oceans Day clean up initiatives
Poland Spring brand 100% natural spring water, America’s leading spring water brand, announced today that is has started transitioning its packaging to recycled plastic (rPET). It plans to be the first major bottled water brand in the U.S. to reach 100% recycled plastic across its still water portfolio by 2022.
The transition will begin with the brand’s 1-liter bottles, which will be made using 100% rPET this month. In April, the brand launched its newest premium offering, Poland Spring ORIGIN, which is also made entirely of recycled plastic.
Nestlé announced last year a commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. In January 2019, the company set out a broader vision for a waste-free future, and announced a series of specific actions to meet that commitment.
For more information on the Poland Spring announcement, read the press release.
Nespresso, the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation today announced a pilot program to help revitalize coffee production in the municipality of El Rosario, in the Nariño Department of Colombia.
The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has committed nearly USD 2 million to improve coffee farms and community infrastructure in El Rosario, a municipality where illicit crops continue to be cultivated. The pilot program will work with 100 farmers to implement sustainable farming practices that facilitate the growth of high quality coffee. Nespresso has committed to purchasing the coffee beans that these farmers will harvest. It builds on the company’s sustainable coffee-sourcing efforts, its work with Colombia’s farmers over the past 25 years, and its long-standing partnership with FNC.
The partnership follows a meeting between Colombian President Iván Duque, Howard Buffett; Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nespresso, and the FNC CEO, Roberto Vélez, at Casa de Nariño in Bogotá, Colombia.
"Nariño’s fertile lands were once the undisputed provenance of the highest quality coffee, and they can be again," said President Duque. "We welcome the strong involvement of the private sector, the strength of this partnership and dedicated program to help restore the area back to a thriving coffee region with the highest levels of coffee production, contributing to a better quality of life for farmers in El Rosario. We hope similar efforts can exist in other regions of Colombia that are in need of change."
"Nariño has a long connection with nurturing and cultivating an exceptional coffee crop, and generations of farmers have crafted some of the rarest and highest-quality Colombian coffee. However, coffee production has been in decline in El Rosario, so this is an exciting program for us to support as it builds on our work with farmers in Colombia and other countries to revive coffees from origins, which are under threat. Through agronomy support and the premiums farmers earn by selling highest quality coffee, we help to provide long-term sustainability and resilience to coffee farming communities," said Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nespresso. "We are committed to helping El Rosario reinvigorate their coffee production and, with it, the community’s pride."
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Today, Nestlé kicked off a Research and Development (R&D) innovation challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa as part of the company’s efforts to contribute to the local innovation ecosystem. The challenge will help boost local entrepreneurship, as well as provide a platform for start-ups and universities to contribute to local sustainable growth by bringing breakthrough ideas to the market.
The R&D innovation challenge, which started today in Ghana, will also take place in Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa. The goal is to work collaboratively with start-ups and universities to identify sustainable and scalable science and technology solutions that help to accelerate the innovation of products that meet local consumer needs. The R&D innovation challenge calls for novel solutions across four areas: environmentally-friendly packaging solutions, sustainable cocoa plantlets, affordable nutrition and new routes to market.
Stefan Palzer, Nestlé Chief Technology Officer said: "There is a growing number of Africa-based entrepreneurs and local researchers with creative ideas to address issues facing their communities. This R&D innovation challenge presents for our company an exceptional opportunity to leverage the outstanding creativity, while helping to turn the most promising ideas into reality."
To engage with local start-ups, Nestlé partnered with Kinaya Ventures as part of the Spring Fellowship Program, which is designed to accelerate corporate start-up partnerships and catalyze digital entrepreneurship. The challenge also calls upon universities in Central and West African countries to submit solutions.
The R&D innovation challenge is part of Nestlé’s Global Youth Initiative, which has an ambition to help 10 million young people around the world have access to economic opportunities by 2030.
Fonterra and Nestlé today announced that they agreed to review strategic options for the future ownership of their Dairy Partners Americas (DPA) Brazil joint venture, including a potential sale of their respective stakes.
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Nestlé today announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with a consortium led by EQT and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) for the sale of Nestlé Skin Health for a value of CHF 10.2 billion. Nestlé Skin Health had net sales of CHF 2.8 billion in 2018. The proposed transaction will be subject to employee consultations and approval of regulatory authorities and is expected to close in the second half of 2019. The company will provide an update on the use of proceeds and its future capital structure at that time.
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Nestlé today made its human rights training for employees available to all. Companies and others will be able to use the training module and adapt it to meet their own needs.
Human rights is one of the most fundamental and important issues in business. Nestlé has embedded respect for human rights in its Corporate Business Principles and in 17 additional policies globally.
The e-learning tool provides Nestlé employees with the skills to identify, analyze and resolve corporate human rights challenges across the company’s value chain.
Christian Frutiger, Global Head Public Affairs Nestlé S.A., said: "Businesses have a responsibility to respect human rights. By making our module publicly available we hope to inspire and help others, especially smaller organizations, who are facing similar challenges."
Nestlé developed the training together with the Danish Institute for Human Rights, a national institution whose mandate is to protect and promote human rights. The module is built around three chapters: understanding human rights, human rights challenges, and practical solutions. It conveys complex information in simple language, without legal and technical jargon. Participants must successfully answer quizzes to progress to other sections of the module, ensuring maximum engagement.
More than 100,000 Nestlé employees across 72 countries have already participated in human rights training since 2011, and all employees are set to complete the training by 2020.
This training is part of Nestlé’s commitment to promote human rights in all its activities. The company has already developed a human rights governance structure everywhere it operates. It has also implemented 'Tell us', a global external grievance mechanism, which allows anyone to report breaches or concerns.
Nespresso today launched Reviving Origins, a new program to restore coffee farming in regions where it is under threat. Through its AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, Nespresso is working with farmers in regions that have been blighted by conflicts, economic hardships or environmental disasters.
Nespresso is investing CHF 10 million over the next five years to revive the coffee industries in selected countries with the aim of encouraging rural economic development. The Reviving Origins program is part of Nespresso’s overall commitment to invest CHF 500 million from 2014 - 2020 in its sustainability program, The Positive Cup.
Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nespresso commented: "Through our Reviving Origins program, we have an opportunity to bring back forgotten coffees, boost economic development in regions where there has been significant adversity and share a completely new taste experience with consumers."
The announcement comes alongside the launch of new single-origin coffees from Eastern Zimbabwe and Caquetá, Colombia. These exquisite and rare coffees are virtually unknown, and have been slowly disappearing for decades. As a result of Nespresso’s investment and the commitment of partners, coffee farmers in these two regions are starting to rebuild sustainable livelihoods, restore their local economies and bring much-needed development to their rural communities.
"This project is not only bringing back some of the world’s best coffee - it is bringing back economic opportunities in Zimbabwe’s hard-hit rural areas," said William Warshauer, President and CEO of TechnoServe. "As a non-profit that takes a business approach to reducing poverty, TechnoServe is excited to partner with Nespresso and the farmers of Zimbabwe to build a brighter and more prosperous future."
TAMUKA mu Zimbabwe and ESPERANZA de COLOMBIA will be available from May 2019 in 18 countries.
Read the Nestlé Nespresso press release