Environmental Sustainability Commitments
We are working towards 35% reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions and water usage.Angela Dennis | Director, Technical Packaging & Environmental Officer
At Nestlé we are committed to protecting the future of our planet and we do this by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the amount of water we use and getting to zero waste for disposal in all of our operations.
By 2020 we commit to:
- Zero waste for disposal
- 35% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (2010-2020 period)
- 35% reduction of water usage in our factories (2010-2020 period)
We implemented the globally developed Responsible Sourcing Guidelines, which require thorough monitoring of our supply chain to ensure compliance at every stage in regards to labour and human rights, environmental sustainability and animal welfare. From the farm to the fork everyone in our company has a role to play.
To implement responsible sourcing across our supply chain, we are conducting a large number of audits and rely on third party investigations when necessary. For example, in August 2014, we invited the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to help us to examine our cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire. The FLA then published a report highlighting areas where we need to do more to meet its Code of Conduct. Based on these findings, we further developed our action plan to tackle the child labour issue. Our Nestlé Cocoa Plan addresses this issue and aims to improve the lives of cocoa farming communities and the quality of the cocoa we purchase.
In 2015, we commissioned global NGO Verité, an organization which works with companies to help understand and address labour issues. Verité investigated allegations of forced labour and trafficking in the recruitment, hiring, employment and living conditions of foreign migrant workers in the Thai fishing industry. A report was published that includes recommendations not only for Nestlé, but also for suppliers and government authorities. The findings are not unique or limited to Nestlé’s supply chain, yet we immediately addressed the problem with an action plan focusing on ten key activities.
A JOURNEY TOWARDS 35% GREENHOUSE GAS & WATER REDUCTION
All our factories work hard to reduce their environmental footprint everyday. Numerous projects have been initiated and thanks to increased attention, improvement projects and targeted measures, we have started our journey towards meeting our ambitious targets. Across Nestle in Canada businesses, we are on a continuous journey to reduce greenhouse gas and water usage by 35% by 2020.
In 2014-2015, we invested in our waste management and thanks to focused improvement projects, we have achieved zero waste to landfill in our ice-cream factory in London as well as our chocolate factory in Toronto. The Nestlé Professional Plant in Trenton also reached zero waste to landfill in March 2015.
To reach this objective, the organic waste is used to produce biogas through a partnership with a local farming operation. This biogas is then combusted to generate electricity and heat. The digester at the local farm has the capacity to generate 750 kilowatts of electricity, which is enough to power over 500 households.
The Nestlé Purina PetCare plant in Mississauga has also started working towards the goal of zero waste to landfill by the year 2020. The teams are implementing a plan to divert the compactor waste to energy in place of landfill.