Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It has more than 2000 brands ranging from global icons to local favourites, and is present in 189 countries around the world. In line with its purpose – enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future, Nestlé is committed to fostering responsible practices in its supply chain and ensuring that its raw materials are sourced responsibly. 'Responsibly sourced' means that the company knows where its ingredients come from and that they are produced in a manner that respects people and the planet.
Earthworm Foundation is helping Nestlé to identify the origin of its raw materials, to engage their suppliers and to develop and implement strategies to reach the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing standards in their pulp & paper, palm oil and coconut supply chains.
Through 2019, Earthworm Foundation supports Nestlé in ongoing engagements with key suppliers to transform practices in four prioritised pulp & paper landscapes in key origin countries: north-west Russia; British Columbia, Canada; south-east US; Sumatra, Indonesia and northern Brazil
Nestlé and Earthworm Foundation conduct the first supplier assessment for Responsible Sourcing of Coconut in Sri Lanka, followed by a second assessment in Indonesia in October. First supply chain mapping exercise for coconut materials conducted
One of the seven Rurality projects Nestlé supports around the world has developed and submitted a participatory community land use plan that includes conservation of 3,830 hectares of forest in Indonesia
Nestlé commits to digital solutions by announcing 100% satellite monitoring for deforestation of palm oil supply chain via Starling Satellite monitoring, and piloting the system in an additional four key pulp and paper sourcing landscapes. Nestle as well uses a cloud-based tool developed with SupplyShift aimed at improving collection, analysis and access to pulp & paper supply chain data
Engagement begins with recovered fibre suppliers in Brazil
Engagement begins on the ground with Nestlé pulp & paper suppliers in the Dvinsky intact forest landscape in Russia, marking the start of over three years of intensive work to help preserve this vital area
Nestlé initiates collaborates with Earthworm Foundation’s Rurality programme for smallholder farmers, working with oil palm farmers in Malaysia
Nestlé’s first Rurality pulp & paper project is initiated in Vietnam.
With Earthworm Foundation’s help, Nestlé is tracing their palm oil and pulp & paper sourcing all the way back to mills, plantations and small holders from which the materials came. This is the first step to establishing transparency on the environmental or social issues that may be present. Earthworm Foundation conducts field visits to see first-hand how suppliers’ practices align with Nestlé’s Responsible Sourcing standards, and identify activities that Nestlé can support on to help suppliers come into alignment.
Pulp & Paper
For pulp and paper, Nestlé sources paper products within scope from 31 different countries. With the help of Earthworm Foundation, Nestlé has traced 91% of the known virgin volume back to 45 countries of harvest and by using the online supply chain database system “SupplyShift”, has ambitions to reach out to 100% of suppliers within scope by the end of 2019. Since 2011, Nestlé and Earthworm Foundation have analysed and prioritised high priority pulp and paper sources for on the ground engagement to drive transformation on the ground in line with the Nestlé’s expectations. This work continues today and is supplemented by projects in key sourcing areas through Healthy Forest Landscape approaches on specific issues such as Intact Forest Landscapes and with Indigenous Communities as well as emerging technologies such as satellite imagery to monitor No-Deforestation commitments.
For palm oil, Earthworm Foundation leads on establishing transparency in Nestlé’s palm oil supply chain, including gathering traceability information and tracking suppliers’ progress on implementing Nestlé’s Responsible Sourcing Standard. We also initiate and collaborate on a large number of transformation and verification projects, such as forest conservation in Peru, access to safe drinking water in Papua New Guinea, deep-dives on labor rights for workers in Indonesia, addressing the issue of children in plantations in Malaysia, Starling satellite monitoring of deforestation – the list goes on.
For coconut, Earthworm Foundation is joining Nestlé in the start of their work on Responsible Sourcing of coconut products. In 2019, we are starting to map Nestlé’s coconut supply chain and conduct baseline assessments in sourcing regions. Findings from this work will enable development of a 2025 roadmap to Responsible Sourcing for coconut. Stay tuned!