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Protecting and enhancing biodiversity

Field with flowers and trees

Our efforts to protect biodiversity are led by our regenerative agriculture initiative, our Forest Positive strategy, and our approaches to sustainable sourcing and water stewardship, as well as certain specific local projects.

This work is important, because biodiversity loss is a serious issue and habitat destruction and degradation is a major cause.

Our actions to support healthier natural ecosystems

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Learning from the birds 

Having plenty of birds and bees is a good indicator of a healthy coffee farm, which is why Nespresso collaborated with the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology to start a program in Costa Rica and Colombia called Nuestro Café, Nuestras Aves (Our Coffee, Our Birds).  

You can read more about Nespresso’s biodiversity programs on the Positive Cup Hub.

Long tailed Manakin bird in tree
Long-tailed Manakin by Guillermo Saborio Vega / Macaulay Library.

Helping to protect and restore the environment

Our regenerative agriculture approach seeks to increase the organic matter in the soil. It encourages crop rotation and intercropping (growing different crops in close proximity), as well as agroforestry. 

Our Forest Positive strategy, meanwhile, aims not just to protect but to restore forests and natural ecosystems. And because deforestation is closely linked to social and economic issues, we work with governments and communities to help enhance smallholder livelihoods, promote human rights and invest in local economic development.

Agricultural biodiversity

We improve agrobiodiversity by managing crop diversity, promoting mixed farming (crop and livestock), enhancing species diversity, and more.

Habitat building

We encourage farmers to add green buffers (such as hedges and wildflowers) to the edges of their fields. Along waterways, we encourage riparian buffers (like trees) to be planted.

Nestlé’s impact on the environment

Reducing chemical fertilizer

We encourage farmers to reduce the chemical fertilizers they use and to switch to organic fertilizers instead.

Cover crops

We encourage our dairy farmers to plant cover crops (such as grasses and legumes) to allow cows to graze widely and vary their diets. 

Using organic fertilization, biological pest control techniques
Creating Shared Value and Sustainability Report