Company Score

Industry Food, Beverage & Tobacco
Country Switzerland
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 1916
Impact Notes 37
SDG Covered 10 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

Clean Water and Sanitation

Nestle saving water through its Water Stewardship Master Plan

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Icon time Wed Jun 10th, 2020 at 12:56pm

Nestlé has introduced “’Water Stewardship Master Plans” in key markets, with clear responsibilities, targets, and deadlines.1.p28 As of 2015, the company has achieved 40.2% less water per tonne of product since 2005 and has recycled or reused 7.7 million m3 of water.5 Nestle is implementing over 376 water-saving projects in its factories. These projects will deliver 1.84 million cubic metres of water, with special focus on 31 ’High Priority Manufacturing Facilities’.1.p28

Clean Water and Sanitation

Nestlé's partnership with coffee farmers in Vietnam saved 50 million m3 of water yearly

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Icon time Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 1:18pm

It seems unlikely for Vietnam, a country with 16 river basins and nearly 3,500 rivers, to have water problems1;p35. However, a deeper look at its water situation reveals that almost 2/3 of the water flow comes from the upstream part of the river in neighbouring countries. This results in Vietnam's population having low levels of internal renewable water resources at 4,200 m3/year1;p35, which is uncomfortably close to the International Water Resources Association water shortage criteria of <4000 m3 per capita/year2.

Climate Action

Nestlé's climate ambitions: a lot of progress to achieve

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Icon time Thu Apr 30th, 2020 at 6:46am

The food industry is going through a rapid transition to make itself more sustainable as it needs to cater to a rapidly increasing population. This is one of the reasons why Nestlé announced in September 2019 its ambition to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 [5]. It has agreed to align its objectives with science-based targets to keep the world's temperature increase below 2°C [1].

Decent work and Economic Growth

Discovery of child labor in Guatemalan coffee farms

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Icon time Mon Apr 20th, 2020 at 5:27am

Child labor is a widespread threat across the world. To earn enough to survive, many parents pull their children to work especially in countries most in need like Guatemalan. The country is famous for Sharing 2.7% of the world’s coffee market 1 but at the same time, they using Child labor in general. Nearly  10% of Guatemalan child labor working in their coffee plantations 2:P4.

Responsible Consumption and Production

Nespresso’s commitment to recycling its single use coffee capsules

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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]