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Sustainable sourcing

coffee farmerAs a food and beverage company, the raw ingredients we use are key to providing consumers with tasty and nutritious products.

We take our responsibility as a large purchaser very seriously, and have developed a number
of guidelines and programs to ensure our supply of raw materials is sustainable, benefitting both our business and society over the long term.

Through our Responsible Sourcing Guideline (RSG) and Nestlé Supplier Code we monitor, assess and take action where needed. The aim of the RSG is to guide Nestlé’s suppliers to improve their practices where necessary.

Here are some specific examples of our commitment to sustainable sourcing in action:

The Nestlé Cocoa Plan

The Nestlé Cocoa Plan is our initiative focused on creating a sustainable supply of cocoa. The Nestlé Cocoa Plan addresses key issues facing the cocoa farming communities with whom we work, from an economic, social and environmental perspective. One hundred per cent of confectionery products produced at our Toronto factory are made with cocoa produced through our Nestlé Cocoa Plan partners.

Nescafé Plan

To ensure a long-term, sustainable supply of coffee, Nestlé has partnered with the Rainforest Alliance and other partners of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) and the coffee association, 4C. One goal of the Nescafé Plan is to help farmers rejuvenate their plantations, multiply the yield on existing land and increase their income.

Nespresso Ecolaboration™ Program

In 2013, Nespresso celebrated the 10th anniversary of its AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, developed together with the Rainforest Alliance, to secure the supply of the highest quality coffees required for its Grands Crus while improving sustainable  farming practices and enhancing  farmer welfare. At the end of 2013, Nespresso was sourcing 84% of its coffee through the AAA Program and more than 62,000 farmers in eight countries were cultivating over 290,000 hectares of AAA coffee, supported on the ground by a network of over 240 dedicated agronomists.


We’re committed to using Canadian dairy in our ice cream, confectionery, beverage and prepared food products made in Canada. In 2013, Nestlé Canada purchased over 21,400,000 kg of Canadian dairy, spending over $43 million on this ingredient in Canada alone.