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Nescafé & sustainability


Nescafé
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 4 out of 20

Sustainability summary

Nescafé 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: Coffee brands
Categories : Coffee
Free Tags: Nestlé, Rainforest Alliance

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Nescafé sustainability score report

Last edited: 27 January 2018 by Madelein
Last reviewed: 27 January 2018 by Hilary

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 4
1. Does the brand (owner) have a policy to reduce climate emissions generated from its own operations as well as its product supply chain? Nestlé, brand owner of Nescafé, implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of both its own operations and its supply chain, such as aiming to procure 100% electricity from renewable resources and removing commodity driven deforestation from their supply chain (see link, page 19, 108,109, 112-117). Source
2. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its 'own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Nestlé publishes the climate footprint of its own operations for 2015 and 2016, and has reduced its absolute climate footprint from 7.4 million tons of CO2 to 7.1 million tons of CO2 (see link, page 115). Source
3. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain that is 'beyond own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Nestlé publishes a footprint of scope 3 emissions (see link, page 135-146) and compared different categories of emissions in 2015 compared to 2014. Nestlé reports that the absolute annual climate footprint of its supply chain beyond its own operations has increased from 111.2 Mtons tons of CO2e in 2014 to 112.8 Mtons of CO2e in 2015. Source
4. Has the brand (owner) set a target to make at least its own operations fully climate neutral by 2030, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? Nestlé set a target of a 5% GHG-emission reduction for all scope 1+2 emissions (see link, page 31) in 2020 compared to 2014. Nestlé does not mention becoming climate neutral by 2030. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 8
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 5% of its volume? Nescafé sources coffee beans from its own 'Nescafé Plan' (see link, page 85), but it is not clear to what extent the company uses any recognized environmental certification schemes with more clearly publicized auditing standards such as Rainforest Alliance or Organic. Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 20% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 40% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 60% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 80% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (owner) use environmentally certified coffee and/ or tea for at least 95% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand (owner) report what percentage of its consumer packaging materials (which includes capsules and cups) are renewable or made from recycled materials, and does the brand implement best practices or concrete policies which have reduced the environmental impact of their packaging materials? Nestlé reports that 39,4% of the used packaging materials are renewable (see link page 126) and has targets to reduce environmental impact from packaging (see link, page 125 – 128). Source
8. Does the brand (owner) publish its absolute waste materials footprint and implement concrete policies to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, thereby decreasing its waste footprint compared to the previous reporting year? Nestlé reports its annual waste footprint by type (hazardous and non-hazardous), weight (105000 tonnes), and way of disposal (see link, page 124). The brand also implements several measures to reduce its annual absolute waste footprint. Since 2006, Nestlé has reduced its waste for disposal by 77% and waste for disposal per tonne of product by 82% (see link Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 out of 8
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 policy measures to improve the farmers working and living conditions, (see link, page 79 – 82), however it is not clear whether these policy's are beyond social certifications. Results on farmer income are not yet reported. Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% coffee 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 coffee? Nestlé sources 180,148 out of 204,163 tonnes coffee (88%) with the 4C code of conduct (see link, page 85). The 4C code of conduct is an entry level sustainability standard and does not qualify as a social certification. Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 20% coffee 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 coffee? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 40% coffee 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 coffee? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 60% coffee 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 coffee? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 80% coffee 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 coffee? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (owner) purchase at least 95% coffee and/or tea 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 coffee and/or tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of coffee suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of coffee? Nestlé does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source