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Sustainable Sourcing

What we're doing to help

As the largest 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, benefiting 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

Globally, nearly two-thirds of Nestlé’s emissions come from agriculture. We work tirelessly with our food system partners - including our global network of more than 500,000 farmers and 150,000 suppliers - to advance regenerative farming practices.

While we source our cocoa from Côte d’Ivoire, many of our products are made right here in Canada and we put tremendous effort into ensuring they’re made using quality ingredients sourced in a responsible way.

This includes our four core confectionery products - KITKAT, AERO, COFFEE CRISP and SMARTIES, made at our Chocolate Factory in Toronto. Each bar is made using 100% sustainable cocoa certified by UTZ as part our Nestlé Cocoa Plan – our commitment to sustainable practices in cocoa farming. Learn more here.

Nescafé Plan

At NESCAFÉ, we’ve been building respectful relationships with our farmers for more than 80 years. The world needs a plan to help coffee continue to thrive, and we’ve got one. It’s called Grown Respectfully.


We’re committed to using Canadian dairy in our ice cream, confectionery, beverage and prepared food products made in Canada. Nestlé Canada purchases over $50 million annually on Canadian dairy.

Palm Oil

We use palm oil as an ingredient in a number of Nestlé products. To address sustainability challenges in our palm oil supply chains, we start by understanding where the palm oil comes from and how it is produced. We buy from processing companies that source palm oil in Malaysia, Indonesia, Latin America and West Africa. And we work with expert organizations and the industry to continually improve the environmental and social practices. Learn more here.