Nestle’s Environmental Goals

The company who has given the world instant coffee, chocolate treats, cereals, and other food products aims to improve environmental standards to reduce its operational impact to the planet in the course of developing healthier products in a sustainable and profitable growth.  Nestlé has released a set of environmental goals that it wishes to achieve by the year 2020.

The $88 billion food company has committed to  raise ecological standards with strongly defined commitments to nutrition, water and the development of rural areas.  The company has invested $30 million in water conservation projects around the world working with NGOs and environmental groups to implement projects.  Nestle is also the founding signatory of the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate.  Its main objective is to promote water stewardship and pursue the building of watersheds to balance consumption and production.

Nestle has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas ( GHG) emissions by 35% based on the company’s levels in 2005.   The largest food company  will engage in the use of efficient machineries that with as little emissions as possible, if not none at all.  Furthermore, it will optimize trucking efficiency by increasing load factor and avoiding empty runs.  Nestle has started to reduce air acidification rates in factories by more than half in 2001. The food factories are aimed to use only clean fuel. Nestle have already replaced massive refrigerators that emit ozone-depleting chemicals.  The whole manufacturing system is veering towards using natural coolants and complete phase out the use of chloro-fluoro carbons.  Energy-efficient refrigeration system are now installed in the manufacturing plants which significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Low energy maintenance, improved insulation, as well as the installation of solar panels for electricity are being carried on by Nestle in all of their facilities.

Another issue that’s faced by almost every company in the world is packaging.  It fills up landfills most companies have very little initiative to do something about.  Nestle’s approach is to use recycle materials in their packaging, inform consumers of the recycling programs, reduce the weight and volume of packaging materials and to only use materials from sustainably managed renewable resources. Nestle has implemented a zero waste program in every plant as part of the commitment to be ecologically friendly and to do away with food wastage.  It uses only responsibly sourced palm oil as part of the sustainability concerns.  The company assesses each source for raw materials and even contribute to the farmers’ productivity by sharing advanced crop technology.

Article publié pour la première fois le 27/03/2013

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