Company Score

Industry Food, Beverage & Tobacco
Country Switzerland
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 1304
Impact Notes 34
SDG Covered 11 out of 17

About Nestle

Nestlé is a multinational food and beverage processing conglomerate headquartered in Switzerland. Nestlé is mainly famous for its brands: Nespresso, Nescafé, Kit Kat, Smarties, Nesquik, Vittel, and Maggi. Nestlé is also one of the main shareholders of L'Oreal, the world's largest cosmetics company. Nestlé has 447 factories, operates in 189 countries, and employs around 339,000 people.

Read about Nestlé and its impact below.

Impact notes

Responsible Consumption and Production

Nespresso’s commitment to recycling its single use coffee capsules

Profile ak
Icon time Mon Feb 17th, 2020 at 10:00am

From 1986 to 2012, Nespresso had sold 27 billion single-use coffee capsules worldwide. [1] They have chosen to make their capsules entirely of aluminum, unlike their largest competitors who are using a combination of plastic cups and aluminum foil. [2] Aluminum can be used and recycled over and over again making it one of the most recycled and recyclable materials. [3] In November 2019, it was reported that Nespresso was recycling 29% of their capsules globally.[4]

Decent work and Economic Growth

Nestle has failed for too long to address significantly the modern slavery in their supply chain

Profile DavetheBrave
Icon time Mon Feb 10th, 2020 at 2:19pm

Modern slavery is not a topic that is often at the top of the agenda in the business world. Nevertheless, the International Labour Organization estimated that in 2017 around 40 million people were victims of modern slavery and that 152 million children were subject to child labor [1]. The Business world has a crucial role to play in achieving the objectives set out in SDG 8.

Responsible Consumption and Production

Nestlé – Nesquik all Natural : a first step of a long journey towards a circular economy

Profile WOTAN
Icon time Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 8:39am

The plastic economy is facing a major environmental crisis: at present pace, the plastic production will multiply by four until 2050, with major negative impacts on land and ocean pollution (e.g. more plastic than fishes in the oceans by 2050) , a looming crisis with the micro-plastics, transferring into the food-chain together with micro-pollutants, and consuming over 20% of the fossil fuel, with the subsequent incremental greenhouse gas emissions. The major issue is related to the single-use plastic packages. Companies active in this area are aware that decisive action to reduce their impact is mandatory if they want to protect their business[1].

Responsible Consumption and Production

Nestlé's palm oil supply chains complicit in destruction of the Sumatran rainforest

Profile Casper
Icon time Tue Dec 10th, 2019 at 7:32am

Agricultural production is the greatest threat facing threatened species[1] causing major degradation and fragmentation of habitats as a result of its widespread use of land (30% of ice-free land surface)[2] and inputs (fertiliser, pesticides, and irrigation). It is the most water-intensive sector, accounting for 90% of freshwater consumption and 70% of withdrawals from freshwater bodies[3].

Good Health and Well-being

Nestle has finally rallied Nutriscore

Profile CCDJ
Icon time Thu Nov 7th, 2019 at 11:37am

In 2016, over 650 millions adults were obese. Obesity is a major risk factor for diseases such diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers. More people are dying of the consequence of overweight than underweight. Once considered a high-income country problem, it is now a worldwide issue. High fat, high sugar, high salt products tend to be cheaper than their healthier version reinforcing the issue of malnutrition in poor families. The problem can be solved in reducing intake of sugary and fatty products and WHO is of the opinion that the food industry has a key role to play such as promoting healthy diet and making healthy choices available and affordable for consumers[1].