At the heart of good food is the quality of the ingredients, the people who produce them and the soils and ecosystems in which they are grown.
Building on years of work with suppliers and farmers to source key raw materials that are traceable and responsibly sourced, we are now raising the bar with a more comprehensive and systematic approach to assessing, addressing and reporting on social, environmental and animal welfare risks in our supply chain. We call this produced sustainably.
Encouraging sustainable production
Our ‘Produced sustainably’ approach will help build the foundations to advance regenerative food systems at scale. We are focusing on the systematic deployment of our responsible sourcing requirements through our supply chain to help transform agricultural production practices in a way that has a positive impact on people, nature and climate.
‘Produced sustainably’ means the origin of the key ingredient is known and the direct supplier is progressing to address social and environmental performance. The minimum criteria to define if a raw material is produced sustainably are:
- Traceable back to the point of origin (farm or group of farms)
- Human rights and environmental due diligence systems are in place to assess, address, and report on the potential or actual impacts in the supply chain as defined in the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Standard
- The tier-1 supplier is measurably progressing in addressing potential or actual human rights and environmental impacts identified in its supply chain, as well as animal welfare where applicable.
It applies to 14 key agricultural raw materials that cover 95% of our annual sourcing by volume.
For each key raw material in scope, specific criteria have been defined to take into account their specificities
Our Responsible Sourcing Standard
Produced sustainably builds on our Responsible Sourcing Standard, which sets out basic non-negotiable standards and important sustainability practices that we ask our suppliers and their employees, agents and subcontractors to respect and adhere to at all times when conducting business with us.
Our Sustainable Sourcing team ensures that the raw and packaging materials we source meet our Responsible Sourcing Standard. In coffee and cocoa, the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, the Nescafé Plan and Nestlé Cocoa Plan, provide additional requirements specific to these raw materials.