5 Unexpected Places You Can Find Sustainability at Nestlé
From food waste to coffee pod recycling, here are 5 ways my company innovates with sustainability in mind
To us, sustainability means being able to bring you the food you love without compromising the resources that future generations will need. When I first started at Nestlé, one thing that was incredible to me was looking at not just the farmer’s field or the packaging facility, but at the whole supply chain top-to-bottom to identify our environmental impact and see how we can do better. Here are 5 areas where Nestlé is investing in sustainability that I hadn’t thought much about before.
Fighting food waste
Big picture: In the USA, 30–40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person every month.
Why it matters to us: Aside from the missed opportunity to improve food security for those who are hungry or undernourished, food loss and waste place a tremendous burden on the environment. It’s not just valuable food that’s being wasted: all the energy, water, and labor that went into producing that food is being wasted too.
Key number: 50%
We have committed to halve our food waste globally by 2030.
Progress report: We’re partnering with SAVE FOOD, a group that works closely with the Food and Agriculture Organizations and the United Nations Environment Programme to create awareness of and help prevent food loss. Our efforts include responsible sourcing and consumer education, as well as work with the World Resources Institute to develop a global standard to measure and evaluate food loss and waste in the food supply chain.
Keeping waste out of landfills
Big picture: The EPA reports that, each year, 7.6 billion tons of solid waste are generated across different industrial facilities. In addition to other environmental challenges, landfills are a major source of methane emissions.
Why it matters to us: To do more with fewer resources and generate less waste, we are adopting more efficient technologies and processes. Zero waste to landfill means that no factory waste goes to landfill or is incinerated without energy being recovered.
Key number: 35
In 2015, 35 Nestlé factories achieved zero waste to landfill status in the U.S.
Progress report: We’re nearly halfway to our target of 100% of factories by 2020.