Our approach to nature, biodiversity and the environment
Protecting and restoring biodiversity in our supply chains and operations
The global food system, nature and climate change are intrinsically linked. Our approach includes strategies that can help protect and restore biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, even as we grow more food.
This is critical because biodiversity is declining faster than at any time in human history. Today, nearly a quarter of all animal and plant species are under threat of extinction.
Our actions to support nature and biodiversity
*In 2022, only the following sources are included in regenerative agriculture volumes: fresh milk, Ecuadorian cocoa, green coffee and Libby’s vegetables sourced through direct procurement/Farmer Connect or for Nespresso, Nestlé Nutrition cereals and vegetables that are traceable back to a farm/cooperative level and raw materials that are covered by the Living Soils initiative with Earthworm Foundation for Nestlé France. The denominator includes all raw materials in scope
Joined-up environmental thinking
We are focusing on protecting and restoring biodiversity throughout our value chain. Currently, our approach covers four realms: air, water, farmland and forestland. It is built on several of our key strategies and initiatives: Forest Positive, regenerative agriculture, sustainable sourcing and water stewardship. Collectively, they form a comprehensive approach to helping protect, renew and restore ecosystems and habitats.
As a global food and beverage company, we are using our scale and presence to spark regenerative agriculture practices in our supply chains and with others in the industry.
Our Net Zero Roadmap: our main initiative for the air
Helping to tackle the climate crisis is the primary objective of our Net Zero Roadmap. Yet aspects of it, such as sustainable sourcing (e.g. deforestation-free supply chains), cleaner logistics (helping to reduce air pollution) and removing carbon from the atmosphere (by restoring habitats, planting cover crops, etc.) all have the potential to contribute to nature as well.
Water stewardship: helping protect, restore and renew water sources
Water is key to all life. Our approach to water in our agricultural supply chains and operations seeks to help protect water sources. Our Nestlé Waters business meanwhile has implemented regeneration projects at a watershed level.
With millions of tonnes of plastic waste ending up in oceans every year our work in improving our packaging is also important in this realm.
Forest Positive: helping protect critical forestland ecosystems
Our Forest Positive strategy recognizes the critical importance of forests as some of the planet’s most precious ecosystems. It seeks not only to eliminate deforestation wherever we source raw materials but to proactively contribute to forest conservation and restoration in those areas.
In that way, we can enhance the resilience of millions of people around the world that depend on forests, and help transition to more regenerative agriculture practices that work in harmony with nature.
Regenerative agriculture: enriching the soils
Regenerative agriculture methods can help enhance biodiversity and capture more carbon from the atmosphere by creating healthy, organically rich soils while yielding more productive crops and healthier livestock.