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Lion
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 9 out of 28

Sustainability summary

Lion has achieved the D-label. Brand owner Nestlé has started to take sustainability into account. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Nestlé S.A.
Head office: Vevey, Switzerland
Sector: Chocolate brands
Categories : Chocolate Bars
Free Tags: Nestlé, Fairtrade, UTZ Certified

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Lion sustainability score report

Last edited: 10 January 2016 by Angela
Last reviewed: 10 January 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

3 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Nestlé (brand owner of Lion) implements several measures to reduce its climate footprint, such as using renewable energy, implementing energy efficiency measures and removing commodity-driven deforestation from all supply chains (see link, page 184-189). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Nestlé decreased its total climate footprint from 7,8 million tons of CO2e in 2013 to 7,6 million tons of CO2e in 2014, which represents a decrease of around 2,6% (see link, page 186). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Nestlé reports a total on-site energy consumption from renewable sources of 14,7% for 2014 (see link, page 186-189). Source
4. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Nestlé doesn't communicate up to date target reductions for its climate footprint of own operations (only until 2015) (see link, page 185). Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations? Nestlé implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain (see link previous question, page 184-189) and gives a complete insight in their Scope 3 emissions of 2013 beyond own operations (see link, pages 123-135). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

4 out of 11
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 5% of its volume? 23% of Nestlé's cocoa is purchased according to the Nestlé Cocoa Plan. 88% of Nestlé's Cocoa Plan cocoa is UTZ or Fairtrade certified. Therefore at least around 20% of Nestle's cocoa comes from environmentally certified sources (see link, page 104). Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for 100% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand use environmentally certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? Nestlé implements measures to purchase some of its fillings from sustainable resources, namely hazelnuts and vanilla. 20% of hazelnuts and 40% of vanilla are assessed against Nestlé's sourcing guideline requirements. But, complete environmental certification for at least one type of filling isn't reported yet (see link, page 88-120). Source
8. Does the brand use other environmentally certified ingredients, such as milk, sugar, oils or fats for its products? Nestlé implements measures to purchase some of its ingredients from sustainable resources, namely sugar, milk and shea. 50% of sugar and 35% of milk (resp. Dairy) are assessed against Nestlé's sourcing guideline requirements. But, complete environmental certification for at least one type of ingredient isn't reported yet (see link, page 88-120). Source
9. Does the brand source sustainable palm oil for all its products only? Nestlé is a member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and sources RSPO certified palm oil. However, in 2014, its palm oil was “Segregated” certified to 16% only. The remaining palm oil was “Book & Claim” certified (see link, page 112 & 113). Source
10. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? Nestlé communicates concrete information about use of materials from "sustainably managed renewable resources" and recycled materials (26.8% in 2014) for its packaging, plus annual results achieved. Nestlé also does LCA (Life Cycle Assessments) for all their main products through the “EcodEX ecodesign tool” (see link, page 158, 165-171). Source
11. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Nestlé implements several measures to reduce its waste materials footprint, and published annual results of its respective footprint. In 2014 Nestlé recovered 87.9% of the materials that arise from manufacturing (see link, page 179-181). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

2 out of 11
1. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification, and is the premium for smallholder farmers at least 10%, and are there similar provisions for plantation workers? Nestlé implements several measures to improve the farmers working and living conditions, that goes beyond certification. However, clear results aren't yet reported (see link, page 13, 79-86, 216-229). Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? 23% of Nestlé's cocoa is purchased according to the Nestlé Cocoa Plan. 88% of Nestlé's Cocoa Plan cocoa is UTZ or Fairtrade certified. Therefore at least around 20% of Nestle's cocoa comes from socially certified sources (see link, page 104). Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 10% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 25% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 75% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (company) purchase all cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand use socially certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? Nestlé implements measures to purchase some of its fillings from sustainable resources, namely hazelnuts and vanilla. However, only 20% of hazelnuts and 40% of vanilla are assessed against Nestlé's sourcing guideline requirements (see link, page 88-120). Source
9. Does the brand use other socially certified ingredients, such as milk, oils or fats for its products? In 2014, Nestlé's palm oil was “Segregated” certified to 16% only. The remaining palm oil was “Book & Claim” certified. Also, only 35% of milk (resp. Dairy) is assessed against Nestlé's sourcing guideline requirements (see link, page 88-120). Source
10. Does the brand use socially certified sugar for all its products? Nestlé implements measures to purchase sugar from sustainable resources. However, only 27% of sugar was assessed against Nestlé's sourcing guideline requirements (see link, page 88-120). Source
11. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of cocoa suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of cocoa? Nestlé doesn't provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source