Nestlé and a wide range of stakeholders are calling for Nutri-Score to become the mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labeling system across the European Union (EU).
The coalition includes consumer organizations, academics, Members of European Parliament and food industry players. The group has written to Stella Kyriakides, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, requesting that Nutri-Score becomes mandatory in the EU. Nutri-Score is currently only applied on a voluntary basis.
Nutri-Score is a color-coded system that classifies food and drinks according to their nutritional profile. It gives a score ranging from A (healthier choices) to E (less healthy choices). With the increased importance of cooking and eating at home, this simple format helps people make intuitive food choices.
Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO, commented: “The COVID-19 crisis continues to impact all our lives in powerful and sometimes tragic ways. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected and we extend our deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones.
Nestlé has a special responsibility at this time. Our food and beverage products help keep people healthy, provide comfort and support recovery.
Our people, in particular our frontline workers, have shown extraordinary commitment in keeping our business running and meeting consumer needs. We will continue to work hard to provide food and beverages to people across the world, every day.
Our company remained resilient in the first quarter, reflecting our diversified product portfolio and our strong local presence in 187 countries. However, this crisis is far from over and we will face many uncertainties in the coming quarters. We will continue to adapt quickly to changing consumer needs and to challenges in our global supply chains. As a reliable employer and business partner we are meeting our commitments. As a good citizen and trusted neighbor, we continue to offer our help, in particular to the most vulnerable in society. Over the last 154 years, Nestlé has successfully overcome many challenges. We are confident that - together with all those who are fighting against the pandemic and its consequences - we will also overcome this one.”
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The 153rd Nestlé S.A. Annual General Meeting took place in Lausanne today.
Out of concern for people’s health and in accordance with applicable ordinances of the Swiss authorities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, shareholders could not attend in person. The meeting took place at the Beaulieu Convention Center in Lausanne and all legal proceedings were carried out as required. Shareholders were able to exercise their voting rights through the Independent Representative Hartmann Dreyer, Attorneys-at-law, who represented 57.8 percent of the capital and 80.1 percent of the shares entitled to vote.
The addresses of the Chairman and the CEO are available to view online. The detailed voting results (pdf) from the AGM have also been published. All proposals of the Board of Directors were approved with strong majorities.
Nestlé Chairman Paul Bulcke said: "Our Annual General Meeting at Lausanne-Beaulieu took place today as planned, although unfortunately without the presence of shareholders. I am truly sorry that we were unable to meet in person this year because of the pandemic that is affecting us all. I want to thank our shareholders for their understanding and for their continued trust and support of our company. I very much look forward to seeing them in person again next year under normal circumstances."
The annual review and the accounts were approved, as were the proposed dividend of CHF 2.70 per share and the planned capital reduction.
The shareholders elected Ms Hanne Jimenez de Mora, Co-founder and Chairperson of management consulting company a-connect (group) ag and formerly a partner with McKinsey & Company, as a new member of the Board. A video presenting Hanne Jimenez de Mora's candidacy to join the Board is available online.
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Nestlé has today joined the Child Learning and Education Facility (CLEF) coalition to boost quality education in rural communities in Côte d'Ivoire. The CLEF coalition is a pooled financing facility, and the first public-private partnership focused on scaling investments for quality education in Côte d'Ivoire. Members to date include the Ivorian government, UBS Optimus Foundation, ten other cocoa and chocolate companies and the Jacobs Foundation, who has been promoting the initiative.
Access to quality education is an essential tool to promote children’s rights and fighting child labor. The Jacobs Foundation is, therefore, working with public and private organizations to develop a sustainable ecosystem that will ensure education for all children. Over the past years, Nestlé has worked with the Jacobs Foundation to set up bridging classes and vocational training for young people through the Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities (TRECC) program. This partnership with the Nestlé Cocoa Plan helps children to (re-)integrate into the public-school system and support them to keep up with their peers.
Alexander von Maillot, Global Head confectionery and ice cream Strategic Business Unit at Nestlé, said: "We are pleased to contribute to the CLEF initiative to improve quality of education in Côte d'Ivoire. It builds on the work we have been doing with Jacobs Foundation under their TRECC program. Since 2012, Nestlé has contributed to improving access to education in the rural areas in Côte d'Ivoire. As part of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, we have built or refurbished 49 schools in the cocoa growing communities. CLEF complements our wider actions to tackle child labor through the roll-out of the 'Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System’. It helps address some of the root causes of child labor."
By 2030, CLEF aims to provide quality education for 5 million children and affect the behavior of 10 million parents. To achieve this goal, CLEF will bring effective learning to up to 10,000 primary schools in cocoa growing areas and beyond, and construct 2,500 classrooms and other education infrastructures such as bridge classes, community schools, school canteens, and pre-school classrooms.
Nestlé has joined five leading companies operating in the food, agriculture and forest sectors to support the implementation of climate-related financial disclosures. These companies collaborated with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to publish a report that shares best practices. It aims at encouraging transparency and consistency in climate-related financial reporting.
The Task Force on Climate related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) develops recommendations to help companies disclose climate-related financial risks and opportunities. Companies are increasingly adopting the TCFD recommendations, but the pace of implementation remains slow. Challenges include a lack of information on the potential financial impact of climate change and the need for more clarity on the resilience of company strategies under different climate scenarios.
The new report showcases examples of effective disclosure practices from companies covering governance, strategy, risk management, metrics and targets. It also includes perspectives from investors on how they can use information published by companies to allocate financial capital. By sharing their individual experiences and learnings, participating companies hope to increase levels of adoption of the TCFD recommendations by the private sector.
Francois Xavier Roger, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer at Nestlé said: "Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face as a society and one of the greatest risks to the future of our business. Without prompt collective action, the world will run out of time to avoid the worst effects of global warming. That is why Nestlé pledged in 2019 to reach a net-zero future by 2050. We have started to implement the TCFD's recommendations and were pleased to collaborate on the WBCSD's Food, Agriculture & Forest Products TCFD Preparer Forum with other companies. We welcome this report to promote transparency, comparability and consistency between companies regarding their climate disclosures."
To understand the potential risks and opportunities associated with a changing climate, in 2019 Nestlé conducted a high-level assessment of physical and transition exposure focused on coffee, cereals and dairy. Risks identified include the negative impact of climate change on raw material quality and availability, along with increased costs.
As part of its journey towards a net-zero future by 2050, Nestlé is supporting farmers and promoting innovation in agriculture. Raw material sourcing makes up the vast majority of the company's carbon footprint. Initiatives will focus on storing more carbon in the ground through soil management and land restoration, and halting deforestation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Nestlé has expanded the use of the IBM Food Trust blockchain technology platform to its Zoégas coffee brand.
The company has launched select editions of Zoégas whole beans and roast & ground coffee in Sweden. This 'Summer 2020' range is a 100% Rainforest Alliance certified blend of arabica coffee beans from three origins - Brazil, Rwanda and Colombia. Through blockchain-recorded data, coffee lovers will now be able to trace their coffee back to the different origins.
For the first time, Nestlé partnered with a trusted third party - The Rainforest Alliance - to independently provide reliable data beyond what is usually disclosed by the company. The Rainforest Alliance provides their own certification information, guarantying the traceability of the coffee. This information is directly accessible to everyone with the IBM Food Trust blockchain platform.
By scanning the QR code on the packaging, consumers can follow the coffee journey from the growing locations to the Zoégas factory in Helsingborg where the beans are roasted, grounded and packed. The data includes information about farmers, time of harvest, transaction certificate for the specific shipments, as well as roasting period.
Nestlé started using blockchain in 2017 when it joined the IBM Food Trust as a founding member. Over the past three years, Nestlé has scaled up and diversified the use of blockchain platforms to bring its transparency and sustainability efforts to life for consumers. It started giving consumers access to blockchain with IBM on products such as Mousline purée and Guigoz infant formula in France. Together with OpenSC, Nestlé is also piloting open blockchain to monitor and openly communicate data related to the sustainability of milk and palm oil.
Nestlé continues to leverage technologies to create better visibility of the whole value chain of its products and lead in making supply chain more transparent.
The 2019 Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) today recognized Nestlé’s efforts to enhance animal welfare (pdf, 2Mb) throughout its supply chain.
For the first time, Nestlé ranked as a 'Tier 2' performer in the annual benchmark of the food industry's efforts to improve standards around the world, placing the company in a group of leading performers in the industry. ‘Tier 2’ status means that animal welfare is integral to Nestlé’s business strategy.
Nestlé received particular recognition for improvements to its reporting and transparency on animal welfare practices in its supply chain.
Commenting on the ranking, Magdi Batato, Global Head of Operations at Nestlé said: "We care about animal welfare and are committed to improving the way farm animals are treated. We are pleased to move up to 'Tier 2' in the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare index this year. This recognizes our efforts to improve transparency and reporting on our progress. We will continue to work with others in the food industry to make further improvements."
Nestlé uses animal proteins as an ingredient in a number of products. It has taken a series of actions and made commitments on animal welfare, including:
- Committing to sourcing cage free eggs only worldwide by year-end 2025.
- Sourcing cage free eggs only by year-end 2020 in the U.S. and Europe.
- Improving the welfare of broiler chickens in Nestlé's U.S. supply chain by year-end 2024.
- Delivering similar improvements in Nestlé’s European supply chain by year-end 2026.
- Signing a global collaboration agreement with Compassion in World Farming.
These measures build on Nestlé's global Commitment on Farm Animal Welfare (pdf, 2Mb). This focuses on ensuring respect for the internationally recognized 'five freedoms' for farm animals and forms the basis of Nestlé’s responsible sourcing requirements on meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products.
Today's BBFAW assessment also recognized Nestlé's role in co-founding the Global Coalition on Animal Welfare, the world's first industry led collaboration aimed at advancing animal welfare globally.
Nestlé Purina PetCare has acquired natural pet food brand Lily’s Kitchen, the UK's leading producer of premium wet and dry natural foods for dogs and cats. Their product range perfectly complements Purina's existing brand portfolio.
Established 12 years ago in founder Henrietta Morrison's kitchen in London, Lily's Kitchen has become an internationally recognized GBP 85 million1 retail brand offering natural recipes for dogs and cats across 6,000 stores in 30 countries. The pioneering brand is particularly popular among younger pet owners and millennials.
Natural foods represents one of the fastest growing segments in the pet food category, reaching 7% of total pet food with double digit growth of 10%2. Lily's Kitchen recently expanded into the Middle East and Asia and already has a growing presence in France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany.
Bernard Meunier, CEO, Nestlé Purina PetCare EMENA said: "We very much respect the powerful brand, strong ethical values and impressive sales growth their experienced management team has achieved. Natural foods represents an exciting and rapidly expanding part of the pet care market, and this move reflects our desire to act on consumer trends and invest in high-growth categories. Lily's Kitchen is an excellent fit with our existing brand portfolio, and we look forward to supporting their continued growth with Purina's own world-leading pet care expertise, insight and global resources."
Lily's Kitchen will continue to be run as a stand-alone business from its base in Fitzrovia, London.
1 Lily's Kitchen combined Internal and External Data Sources
2 Purina estimate based on Euromonitor and Nielsen data 2019, growth versus a year ago
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Nestlé has today released its full Creating Shared Value 'Progress Report 2019'. It outlines the progress on its 36 societal and environmental commitments to be achieved by end 2020.
The report provides a detailed overview of Nestlé’s efforts, including launching more healthy products, responsible sourcing of raw materials, and working towards a waste-free future. The company’s 2020 commitments support the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Rob Cameron, Global Head of Public Affairs at Nestlé, said: "This report highlights the progress our company has made in the past year. We know we have much more to do on many issues, which is why we already have new commitments on climate, and plastics and packaging for example. The Coronavirus pandemic is bringing the role of business in society into even sharper focus and we will continue to play our part in support of our people, our suppliers, customers and consumers."
In 2019, Nestlé accelerated the transformation of its products. For example, the company launched nearly 1 400 products last year to address the specific needs and key nutritional gaps of babies, children, expecting women and new mothers. Nestlé continues to introduce more products that contain less sugar and salt, and more vegetables, proteins and essential vitamins. It has also expanded its all-natural offering and launched organic breakfast cereals.
Nestlé has enhanced its work on the ground to address the economic, social and environmental challenges linked to the sourcing of its raw materials. This includes, among others, protecting workers and children rights and halting deforestation. By end 2019, 70% of the volume of Nestlé's 15 priority commodities were sourced responsibly.
Pursuing its efforts towards a waste-free future, Nestlé invested to transform its operations. As of end 2019, 80% (328) of Nestlé factories achieved zero waste for disposal. Nestlé went beyond its 2020 commitment to avoid the use of 140 000 tonnes of packaging between 2015 and 2020. The company is now accelerating efforts to meet its commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable and reusable by 2025. By end 2019, 87% of Nestlé’s packaging, including plastics, was recyclable or reusable.
Nestlé continued to promote diversity and inclusion at the company. Nestlé introduced a progressive policy, providing gender-neutral support to all employees. Gender balance is also a key component of Nestlé’s approach to diversity and inclusion. There has been progress in recent years, with 42% of managerial positions now held by women. Nestlé launched its Gender Balance Acceleration Plan last year, to increase the proportion of women in the Group’s top 200 senior executive positions from around 20% to 30% by 2022.
As it releases this report, Nestlé is stepping up its global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including joining forces with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Nestlé has today reported significant progress in its efforts to help end deforestation and restore forests in its cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. The company has published its Cocoa & Forests Initiative report (pdf, 17Mb), highlighting key milestones achieved. In 2017, Nestlé joined the Cocoa & Forests Initiative to contribute to ending deforestation. The partnership brings together the governments of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana with the cocoa and chocolate industry. In March 2019, Nestlé released a detailed plan (pdf, 860Kb) to support these collective efforts and act in its Nestlé Cocoa Plan supply chain.
Over the past months, Nestlé has mapped over 75% of the 120,000 cocoa farms it sources from in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. The boundaries of the plantations have been identified with Global Positioning System (GPS) trackers, ensuring that none of them are located in protected forests. By October this year, all remaining farms will be mapped in the two countries.
Nestlé has scaled up the number of native forest and fruit trees it has distributed in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, from 32,000 in 2018 to now reach a total of more than 560,000. These cast shade on cocoa trees making farms more climate-resilient, while the fruit trees provide additional income for cocoa farmers. The company has also kicked off two agroforestry projects, working closely with communities to maximize shade tree density on farms to help improve yields. Nestlé has continued to train farmers on good agricultural practices and forest protection. Over 85,000 farmers participated in the training program in 2019.
To reduce pressure on forests and help improve family health, Nestlé has distributed over 800 more efficient and less polluting cookstoves. The company has contributed to financial support through the creation of village savings and loan associations for over 9,400 people in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. They can take loans when needed, for example, to finance small business opportunities, with funds returned at the end of the year.
Alexander von Maillot, Senior Vice President, Head of Confectionery Strategic Business Unit, Nestlé S.A., said: "We have made good progress across all the primary objectives we set out under our Cocoa & Forests Initiative action plan. Sustainable cocoa requires thriving communities. Our actions take into account the need to balance forest protection and communities' livelihoods. As we forge ahead with our efforts to embed sustainability in the cocoa sector, we will continue to focus on providing farmers with viable alternatives to grow the same amount or even more cocoa on less land."
At Nestlé, we care deeply for people and for the communities in which we operate, and we have an essential role to play during the COVID-19 crisis. Food and beverages help keep people healthy and enhance their quality of life. We care about our responsibility to provide good nutrition, especially for the most vulnerable in society – children, the elderly and those struggling with illness.
We would like to assure our customers and consumers that we will continue to produce and deliver products to meet global demand. Our people are fully committed and are working tirelessly to ensure that supply is maintained. We have put enhanced safety measures in place at all sites, with particular focus on frontline workers in Nestlé factories, quality labs and distribution centers. We are offering additional support to staff affected by the crisis, including generous sick leave arrangements, financial support and a guarantee of full pay for a minimum of 12 weeks for hourly and salaried staff affected by temporary stoppages.
Since the very beginning of this crisis, our people have led substantial local relief efforts in the communities around the globe where we operate. That includes working very closely with physicians to develop new tailored COVID-19 medical nutrition and supplement treatment protocols. It also includes donations to food banks and food delivery organizations, and prompt and pragmatic support to our business partners, for example in our supply chains. Efforts are continuing - and stepping up - around the world.
Building on these efforts, Nestlé is joining forces with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in response to its emergency appeal. Nestlé and the IFRC will work together to provide urgent help for emergency services and caregivers and strengthen healthcare systems. This includes donations of food, medical nutrition and bottled water; Nestlé logistics support for IFRC operations; a Nestlé donation of CHF 10 million for immediate deployment in countries where it is most needed; and donation matching 1:1 any donations to the Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies or Federation made by Nestlé employees.
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The Board of Directors of Nestlé S.A. has confirmed that the Nestlé Annual General Meeting will take place as planned on April 23, 2020. This is to ensure the continued smooth functioning of the Group and will allow for the timely payment of the dividend.
Out of concern for people’s health and in accordance with article 6a of COVID-19 Ordinance 2 of the Federal Council of March 16, 2020, shareholders will not be allowed to attend in person.
Shareholders remain fully able to exercise their voting rights through the Independent Representative Hartmann Dreyer, Attorneys-at-law. Voting instructions can be given to the Independent Representative in writing or via the electronic shareholder portal.
The Board regrets the unusual circumstances of the meeting in these extraordinary times.
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Nestlé today published its Annual Report for 2019. The Annual Report contains Nestlé’s Annual Review including Creating Shared Value highlights. It also contains the Corporate Governance & Compensation Reports and the Financial Statements, which were first published on February 13, 2020, and remain unchanged.
Nestlé saw strong progress in 2019, with significant improvements in key operating and financial metrics. Innovation continues to give Nestlé a competitive advantage. In order to keep pace with rapidly-changing consumer preferences, the company has changed its approach to innovation. It has made processes quicker, enhanced rapid prototyping and created accelerators.
Alongside a strong innovation engine, digitalization is a key ingredient to continued business success. Digitalization touches on all aspects of Nestlé’s business, from supply chain management to production to marketing and sales. For example, e-commerce sales grew by 18.5% to account for 8.5% of total sales in 2019, firmly establishing Nestlé at the leading edge of the food and beverage industry.
In 2019, Nestlé also continued to demonstrate that business can be a force for good, making a real contribution to society and helping to find solutions to global challenges. Nestlé accelerated its climate change efforts to transition to a low-carbon economy, with a pledge to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Moreover, Nestlé adopted the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations. The company will continue to work with others to mitigate and adapt to risks associated with climate change. Nestlé also continued to work towards a waste-free future, inaugurating its Institute of Packaging Sciences and deploying more sustainable packaging across its product portfolio.
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As the situation around the world with regards to COVID-19 continues to evolve, CEO Mark Schneider has sent a message to Nestlé employees.
Mark thanks all Nestlé employees around the world for their efforts to weather this crisis and get the company prepared to cope with the situation. He emphasizes that a company like Nestlé has a special responsibility at this time. Food and beverage products are essential to peoples’ lives.
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As people are including more plant-based alternatives in their diet, Nestlé is launching plant-based versions of some of its most-loved global brands.
That now includes the world’s leading cocoa malt beverage, Milo.
Nestlé Australia is introducing a plant-based version of the famous powder that was first introduced in 1934.
The new Milo replaces milk powder with soy and oats. The core ingredients are the same as the original Milo – malt, barley and cocoa. The Milo development team worked hard to make sure it kept the same unmistakable choc-malt taste and iconic crunch that that Australians have grown up with.
The product is also lower in sugar compared to original Milo and has a combination of vitamins and minerals to support effective energy release. The new Milo gives people a plant-based option, alongside the original, reduced-sugar and extra protein versions.
Trevor Clayton, head of the Dairy business unit at Nestlé, said: "People are looking to vary their diets with more plant-based options, including to lower their environmental footprint and for health reasons. We already have some great plant-based products and are now adding one of our biggest global brands with Milo. We’re continuing to make good on our promise to offer consumers food that is right for them and right for the planet."
The new Milo follows on from other recent launches of plant-based beverages. Nestlé in Brazil introduced oat- and pea-based Ninho Forti + on shelves from December 2019, in a ready-to-drink carton with a paper straw. The United States saw the launch of Nesquik GoodNes in January, based on oat and pea protein with the great chocolate milk flavor of Nesquik.
Nestlé is using all its expertise in plant-based protein as well as in dairy to make sure the new drinks are high in nutritional value and taste delicious. Globally, the company has around 300 R&D scientists, engineers and product developers located in eight R&D centers that are dedicated to the research and development of plant-based products. This includes its center in Konolfingen, Switzerland, that specializes in dairy.
The need for plant-based dairy alternatives that taste great and offer strong nutritionals is rising, as more families are following a flexitarian diet that is lighter on meat and dairy products. Many consumers cite environmental reasons, as plant-based products are produced with lower emissions, land- and water usage.
Nestlé has stepped up its focus on providing more nutritious options for children, with Nestlé for Healthier Kids program. The two focus areas are accelerating the healthy transformation of Nestlé's product portfolio in line with WHO recommendations, and inspiring healthier eating with supportive programs and services.
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Nestlé today announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind, single-material pouch for its baby food products designed for the future of recycling.
In the U.S., the new pouch will be available exclusively on TheGerberStore.com for Gerber's Organic Banana Mango Puree beginning in May 2020. It will be 100% recyclable through Gerber's national recycling program with TerraCycle.
In Finland, the pouch will be available for Piltti's Apple Pear Blueberry Raspberry widely sold in supermarkets.
Thierry Philardeau, Head of the Nutrition Strategic Business Unit, Nestlé said: "We are proud to have found a solution for the recyclability of baby food pouches. We began in the U.S. and Finland for two product variants, and we aim to gradually extend the use of single-material pouch to our baby food pouches range globally."
This is in line with Nestlé's commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
The newly designed-to-be-recyclable pouch is made from polypropylene (PP), a versatile form of plastic available commercially. This switch is expected to make more plastics infinitely recyclable and increase the value of the material for the recycling industry.
"This launch is an important milestone on how we execute our ambition to create a wider market for recycled plastics that are safe for food. We will continue to work with other stakeholders to ensure that the infrastructure needed to recycle matches material innovation," added Thierry Philardeau.
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