Three Ways We’re Putting the Good in Our Goods
How Nestlé is contributing to a healthier future for people, pets, communities and the planet.
When I was considering a role at Nestlé, I wasn’t sure if I should leave my job at a nonprofit focused on ending extreme poverty — I didn’t know if Nestlé’s perspective aligned with the work I’d dedicated so much time to. As I researched the company, I was surprised to discover that the two organizations had similar values.
They’re both committed to making a difference in the world, which is very important to me. I also have a deeply held belief that we can’t solve the world’s toughest challenges without the private sector doing their part. So this is how I came to see a role at Nestlé as a continuation of my mission to make a positive impact.
We do this by being thoughtful in our business operations. One of our guiding principles is that how we make our products matters. As the world’s largest food and beverage company, we want to do more than create delicious products for you and your family. We want to create meaningful change while we’re doing it.
This commitment runs through every decision we make — from how we source ingredients to how we design our packaging. We’re always looking for ways to put the good in our goods.
Here are three ways we’re doing just that:
1. Supporting Coffee Farmers Globally
All around the world, Nestlé partners with coffee farmers to help them weather serious challenges, including climate change, crop disease and pests.
Our Nescafé Plan is a $360 million commitment to coffee projects globally that was launched in 2010. As part of the program, Nescafé trains farmers in sustainable farming methods and distributes coffee plantlets that are resistant to disease.
These investments have produced significant results: Farm revenue in Colombia is up $5 million thanks to the disease-resistant plantlets. In Kenya, farmers have seen a 400% increase in yields after adopting our Good Agricultural Practices. We take great pride in the fact that an investment initiated a decade ago is still improving lives and communities around the world.
We’re also seeing how farmers are able to improve their own livelihoods through sustainable farming.
Nespresso’s AAA Sustainable Quality Program was formed in partnership with The Rainforest Alliance, combining Nespresso’s coffee expertise with the Rainforest Alliance’s knowledge of social and environmental sustainability. In the beginning, there were around 300 farmers in the program. It has since grown, and today there are around 70,000 farmers spanning 12 countries.
As an avid coffee drinker, these programs matter to me. When I enjoy my morning latte, I know the way we source coffee benefits the environment and growers.
2. Rethinking Packaging
We’ve set an ambitious goal to make 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. A new Nestlé Pure Life brand water bottle is already made entirely of recycled plastic and, just this month, Poland Spring announced its bottles will be made from 100% recycled plastic by 2022.
When we make water bottles out of recycled plastic, we are closing the recycling loop. The same plastic can be recycled endlessly into new bottles, so we’re serving our consumers and the planet at the same time.
“You buy a bottle of water, you enjoy the product, then you send that bottle off to be recycled,” said John Caturano, Nestlé Waters senior sustainability manager. “Later, those same materials can be back in your hand as a new bottle.”
Just as we’re constantly innovating our products, we’re also injecting new thinking into sustainability. Case in point: Häagen-Dazs is now piloting a reusable stainless steel ice cream container as part of a grocery delivery service called Loop. The service is being tested in New York, where empty containers are picked up, cleaned, refilled and delivered again — keeping countless containers out of landfills.
I love that my favorite ice cream makers are among the pioneering brands testing this new model of durable, reusable packaging. It means I can enjoy a tasty pint while knowing that the people behind it are looking out for the world around me.
3. Producing Pet Food Sustainably
As a dog person, I love to see pups enjoying all that nature has to offer. It’s also why it’s particularly gratifying to see the work our Purina team has done to nurture the very environment that we share with our pet families.
Purina recently teamed up with Cargill and The Nature Conservancy to devise a more efficient irrigation process. The three-year project will help reduce the environmental impact of row crop irrigation in Nebraska. Innovative technology will give farmers in the program real-time information about weather, humidity and precipitation, allowing them to know exactly when plants need watering.
The irrigation initiative is just one of the pet food brand’s many sustainability programs. Another is the sourcing of cod — which is used in products such as Purina Beyond — from Alaskan Leader, a global trailblazer in sustainable fishing.
The combination of highly nutritious fish protein and omega-3 fatty acids and sustainable sourcing means dog lovers can feel good about the impact Purina has on their pets’ health and the planet.
These are just a few of the ways we’re putting the good in our goods every day, but there are many others. To learn more about the span of good work Nestlé is doing, check out our Creating Shared Value report.
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