The Brands Climate Hub, established in 2021, ensures, among other things, that all GHG reduction roadmaps and carbon credit sourcing follow Nestlé guidelines, in compliance with high-quality industry standards.
The Brands' Climate Hub team ensures that all GHG reduction roadmaps and carbon credit sourcing follow Nestlé guidelines, in compliance with high-quality industry standards.Gaëlle Nuttall Global Climate Change Manager Brands Climate Hub
Creating a carbon neutral journey for brands
The newly formed Brands Climate Hub first conducts a baseline study, which includes a Life Cycle Assessment, or LCA, that draws a clear picture of all GHG emissions associated with the brand, from sourcing its ingredients through production, distribution and consumption. This study is critically reviewed by an external third party.
The Hub then creates a roadmap for how the brand can reduce and remove carbon emissions inside its own value chain. To address the remaining emissions, brands can source high-quality carbon offsets by investing in specific projects around the world.
Each of the brands performing a Life Cycle Assessment uses the same methodology, whether it is done internally or externally. An independent reviewer makes sure everything is aligned to the guidelines.
Improving emissions for a wider impact
The projects the brands invest in to address remaining emissions often have co-benefits for people and the environment beyond carbon removal, such as helping to improve air quality, increase biodiversity and improve farmer livelihoods.
An external third party finally certifies a brand to be carbon neutral, meaning the brand has met recognized international standards. Finally, a third-party annual assessment gauges GHG emissions at any given time as brands implement changes.
- Garden of Life
- Little Steps (Germany)
- Piccolinis (Germany)
Developing our approach for the future
While we source some data on carbon emissions from secondary or public sources, we continue to develop internal capacity for research and evaluation. This will accelerate our ability to meet the needs of specific geographic and organizational contexts.
We see carbon neutrality as a way for brands to communicate their climate action to consumers – alongside efforts to progressively reduce their GHG emissions in line with our Net Zero Roadmap.