In February 2019 Ethical Consumer sent Nestle a questionnaire requesting information about its environmental reporting and practices. No response was received. In March 2019 the company’s website, ‘Nestle Responsible Sourcing Standard’ report (July 2018) and 'Nestle in Society' report (2017) were searched for relevant information.
The Nestle in Society Report 2017 provided performance data for water, food waste, renewable energy use, raw material use, energy consumption, biodiversity and waste. All of these topics, in addition to sustainable agriculture, were discussed in detail. The Nestle Responsible Sourcing Standard provided further details, including a commitment to decreasing the use of plastics and increasing the recyclability of packaging material supplied.
Many environmental reduction targets for 2020 were presented, including:
"Reduce GHG emissions (Scope 1 and 2) per tonne of product in every product category to achieve an overall reduction of 35% in our manufacturing operations versus 2010."
"By 2020: Reduce direct water withdrawals per tonne of product in every product category to achieve an overall reduction of 35% since 2010."
"By 2020: Reduce GHG emissions by 10% in our distribution operations versus 2014."
There were numerous other dated and quantified targets.
"100% of our packaging will be reusable or recyclable by 2025."
The report was independently assured by Bureau Veritas.
As Nestle had an independently verified report dated within the past 2 years that showed a reasonable understanding of its key environmental impacts and presented more than two future environmental reduction targets, the company received Ethical Consumer's best rating for its Environmental Reporting.
Nestlé Responsible Sourcing (July 2018)