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

Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: Ferrero International S.A.
Head office: Alba, Italy
Sector: Chocolate brands
Categories : Chocolate Spreads
Free Tags: Ferrero, UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance

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Nutella sustainability score report

Last edited: 13 January 2016 by David
Last reviewed: 13 January 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Ferrero (brand owner of Nutella) implements several measures to reduce its climate footprint, such as using renewable energy or implementing energy efficiency measures (see link, page 199-221). 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? Ferrero has published its own operations climate footprint for fiscal year 2013/14, which was at 360,580 tons of CO2e. However, a comparable climate footprint to previous years isn't published yet (see links, pages 220-221). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Ferrero reports to source and generate renewable energy. However, neither clear reporting on overall key figures, nor specification concerning additionality of renewable energy sourced, is provided (see link, page 211-221). 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? Ferrero aims to reduce 40% of its CO2 emissions by 2020 compared to 2007, which equals a reduction of 15% in the next 5 years (see link, page 13). 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? Ferrero mentions that most of its emissions are generated in the supply chain, beyond its own operations, but doesn't provide tangible targets or results on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain (see link, page 199). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

5 out of 11
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 5% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. 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? Ferrero implements several measures to purchase fillings like hazelnuts from sustainable sources. However, complete environmental certification for at least one type of filling isn't reported yet (see link, starting on page 146). Source
8. Does the brand use other environmentally certified ingredients, such as milk, sugar, oils or fats for its products? Ferrero implements several measures to purchase ingredients like sugar, milk and eggs from sustainable sources. However, complete environmental certification for at least one type of ingredient isn't reported yet (see link, starting on page 146). Source
9. Does the brand source sustainable palm oil for all its products only? Ferrero sources RSPO “segregated” certified palm oil for 100% of its products since end of 2014 (see link, page 162-169). 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? Ferrero implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its packaging, such as using recycled and certified paper materials, and reports on annual results and packaging material footprint (see link, pages 13, 200, 222-226). 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? Ferrero implements several measures to reduce its waste material footprint, and has achieved a recovery rate of 91,6% in 2013/14. However, its annual waste materials footprint isn't reported (see link, page 200, 210-211). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

3 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? Ferrero mentions several projects and measures related to labour conditions, but doesn't mention if payments for smallholder farmers and plantation workers are realized that go beyond social certification schemes. 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? Ferrero reports a certified cocoa use of more than 25% (Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Certified). However, the percentage per certification scheme isn't specified (see link, page 153-161). 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? Ferrero mentions several projects and measures related to labour conditions, but doesn't clearly communicate whether its fillings and ingredients come from socially certified sources. Source
9. Does the brand use other socially certified ingredients, such as milk, oils or fats for its products? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
10. Does the brand use socially certified sugar for all its products? Ferrero aims to source 100% Bonsucro certified sugar cane by 2020. By March 2015 10% of its sugar cane supply for Bonsucro certified (see link, page 180-181). 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? Ferrero mentions some of its suppliers, but doesn't publish a complete list of its direct suppliers. Source