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Meat, poultry and eggs sourcing

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We purchase meat, poultry and eggs from suppliers worldwide.

Processed meat is bought in the form of cooked and dehydrated products, oils and powders, while unprocessed cooked, frozen and fresh meat is also purchased for use in a range of our food and pet food products.

Meat, poultry and egg supply chains can be large contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation, issues that we are working with farmers and our suppliers to address on the ground. All our suppliers are expected to comply with our Responsible Sourcing Standard.

Our progress toward sustainable meat, poultry and egg production

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How we approach improving our supply chains of meat, poultry and eggs

Our main sources of meat, poultry and eggs are in North America (the U.S.) and Europe (France, Germany and Spain). Our Responsible Sourcing Standard sets out basic, non-negotiable standards, as well as important and urgent sustainability practices that we ask our suppliers and the farmers involved in our supply chain to adhere to at all times.

We verify compliance with these practices through farm assessments. We also understand that some actions at farm level require time or industry transformation. Updating animal welfare practices may require time or financial investments in infrastructural changes on farms, such as switching from cages to cage-free production systems.

We partner with our suppliers and other industry stakeholders on collaborative projects to improve animal welfare and the environmental sustainability of livestock production.

To hold our suppliers and ourselves accountable and drive industry-wide transparency, we have published the list of our Tier 1 direct suppliers and the list of their slaughterhouses (for meat and poultry) and breaking locations for eggs, along with the countries of origin.

Nestlé’s meat, poultry and egg suppliers are held to high standards of animal welfare and environmental sustainability.

Working to eliminate deforestation in meat production

We are committed to ensuring our supply chains are deforestation-free, and that our products are not associated with deforestation.

For over 10 years, we have worked on the ground to trace where our raw materials, including meat, come from to ensure they are not linked to deforestation.

Read more about our Forest Positive initiative

Working toward net zero emissions

Our climate pledge to commit to net zero emissions by 2050 will push us to seek new innovations to reduce our emissions. Activities could include land restoration and conservation activities, sustainable grazing and feed origins and innovations to reduce carbon dioxide and methane emissions. 

We are working closely with our farmers to ensure feed for livestock comes from regenerative agricultural practices, avoiding deforestation and reducing associated carbon emissions. We also help them invest in innovative technologies to improve on-farm operational efficiency.

Scaling sustainable grazing practices on the Northern Great Plains

Nestlé and our U.S. supplier OSI Group partnered to help scale sustainable grazing practices in Montana through a project run by Western Sustainability Exchange and NativeEnergy. 

The Montana Improved Grazing Project provides ranchers with the necessary educational resources and financial security to convert their practices, resulting in more productive lands, reduced input costs, increased rancher profitability and the delivery of real and measurable environmental results.

Advancing the US Beef Industry Sustainability Framework

Nestlé is partnering with its supplier Golden State Foods to evaluate the effectiveness and application of the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework. This project evaluates the metrics developed by the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef by providing educational materials, training and follow-up surveys. 

The platform being used is the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Extension’s Master Beef Program. Evaluative information will be gathered in each of the three years of the project: Translating the metrics into effective educational materials, conducting county-level, multi-session trainings for up to 3 000 producers and conducting follow-up surveys with participants and a state-wide forage land use survey.

Improving animal welfare with global industry partnerships

We recognize our responsibility to ensure our supply chains and the suppliers we engage with treat the animals in their production lines with dignity and without cruelty.

Our projects across several countries aim to promote and implement high standards of animal welfare.

Creating Shared Value and Sustainability Report