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Responsible sourcing

Our commitment:

Implement responsible sourcing

Our objectives Our objectives

Promoting rural development and responsible sourcing
IMPLEMENT RESPONSIBLE SOURCING: Sharing knowledge of the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Guideline with suppliers can help improve their practices.

By 2015 – Complete 10 000 responsible sourcing audits, with 70% full compliance achieved.

By 2015 – 40% of the volumes of 12 key commodities to be traceable (palm oil, soya, sugar, paper, coffee, cocoa, dairy, seafood, shea, vanilla, hazelnut, and meat, poultry and eggs).

Our progress Our progress

We have completed 2507 responsible sourcing audits with 70% full compliance of first tier suppliers (2012: 2261 audits) and currently, 17% of purchased volumes of our 12 key commodities are traceable. By September 2013, 100% of our palm oil was Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified (this includes RSPO segregated and GreenPalm Certificates).

Our perspective Our perspective

With consumers and other stakeholders increasingly looking for information about where ingredients originate and how they were produced, traceability and transparency in our supply chain have never been more important. But our supply chains are complex, both in terms of geography and language, and progress can be slow. Improvement initiatives and their training materials must be tailored to meet the needs of local markets, in order to drive change efficiently. On a practical level, sharing knowledge and measuring its effectiveness is a challenge we continue to address.

Our Responsible Sourcing Traceability Operations

Every consumer wants to know where the food products they buy come from. With the aim of providing the answer to this question, we have launched a Supply Chain Mapping Programme operated by Achilles, one of the world’s largest providers of global supply chain management solutions.

Supply Chain Mapping is an integral requirement of Nestlé’s Responsible Sourcing Traceability Operations and is governed by the 2014 Nestlé Supplier Code. Starting in April 2014, Nestlé’s key suppliers are required to provide information on their supply chain back to the origin for the products they supply to Nestlé. The main objectives of the programme are:

  • Develop a comprehensive picture of the extended supply chain right down to the farm level
  • Gain a better understanding of the suppliers that contribute to the products sold by Nestlé

For suppliers who want to find out more, please contact your respective Nestlé buyer.

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