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Nestle

  • Kit Kat
  • Maggi
  • Nescafe
  • Nesquik
Score
70%
Fair

Still at the top of the scorecard, Nestle still leads the way on climate change and water usage, and is one of the most transparent. Nestlé’s commitment to support women in its supply chains will go a long way to making a difference for women. Nestlé also progressed on land with its revised sourcing guidelines, and a new policy of zero tolerance for land grabs in its supply chain. 

How are the scores formed?

We assessed publicly available information on the policies and commitments of the 'Big 10' food companies towards the sourcing of agricultural commodities from developing countries. The Scorecard looks at seven themes, weighing each theme equally. The index tackles some cutting edge issues that will require rigorous debate and dialogue between companies, civil society and industry experts. Find out more...

What do the scores mean?

  1. 8 - 10Good
  2. 6 - 7Fair
  3. 4 - 5Some progress
  4. 2 - 3Poor
  5. 0 - 1Very poor

Land

Score 7

With new sourcing guidelines, Nestle has become the first of the Big 10 to fully support the free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) of indigenous and local communities in its supplier guidelines, used for the sourcing of sugar, soy, palm oil and other commodities. In August 2014, Nestle also made a sweet change – they committed to zero tolerance for land grabbing.

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Women

Score 5

Nestlé's last year commitment to support women cocoa farmers in their supply chain is a great start. A next key step for Nestlé is to follow up on the action plans and to address gender issues in other supply chains like coffee and dairy.

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Farmers

Score 7

Nestle is working with its suppliers to tackle issues faced by small-scale farmers. It now requires suppliers to support farmers’ organizations, but doesn’t ensure that farmers earn a living income.

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Workers

Score 7

Fair, Nestle recognizes workers’ rights, international labor standards and UN business guidelines. No data on the number of workers in its supply chain, though.

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Climate

Score 9

Nestle is the first company to score a “good” mark on climate and now asks its suppliers to reduce emissions from farming. But it can do better to set a specific target for the reduction of agricultural emissions across its supply chain.

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Transparency

Score 7

Pretty impressive. Nestle reveals where it sources from, how much it sources for key commodities, including some key suppliers. Nestle provides excellent sustainability reporting, but it provides very limited information on taxation.

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Water

Score 7

Nestle has the best policies on water of the top 10, and they support the major water initiatives. But the company has not set target to reduce water use in its whole value chain.

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