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  • Overall approach
    8/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero-deforestation
      4/6
      "In 2010, Nestlé committed to ending deforestation in our supply chain by 2020"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      If Other Initiative, specify:: High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) Steering Group

      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum; New York Declaration on Forests; Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support; Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 partner; UN Global Compact; Natural Capital Coalition; Other intiative
      Company is a signatory to the New York Declaration on Forests; Company is a signatory to the Cerrado Manifesto; Company is a signatory to the New York Declaration on Forests; Company is a signatory to the UN Global Compact. "Nestlé supports the Consumer Goods Forum commitment to achieving zero net deforestation by 2020. We’ve signed the New York Declaration on Forests (pdf, 1Mb), and are an active member of Tropical Forest Alliance 2020." They are also a member of the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) Steering Group, and the Natural Capital Coalition.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Forests are vital to life. They cover 30% of the earth’s land surface and play a vital role in ecosystems, as carbon sinks and as a source of biodiversity. Forests are also critical for billions of people, including many vulnerable farmers, who rely upon them for their livelihoods."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: all
      "A secure supply of high-quality agricultural ingredients is essential to ensuring the long-term sustainability of our business. Our responsible sourcing program plays a key role toward achieving this. It helps us to know where our ingredients come from and how they are produced, and to address environmental and social issues such as deforestation, human rights, and animal welfare."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Pulp & Paper

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Annually
      "The Nomination and Sustainability Committee of the Board of Directors of Nestlé provides strategic guidance on climate-related matters and reports to the full Board, which has overall oversight. Executive responsibility is shared by the Head of Operations and the Chief Financial Officer."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
      Yes for all commodities
      0/0
      Does it disclose the percentage of pay at risk?: Yes - bonus is worth 150% of the CEO's Annual Base Salary, 100% of the Executive Vice President's Annual Base Salary, and 80% of the Deputy Executive Vice President's Annual Base Salary.

      Which commodities does the committee focus on?: Palm oil; Soy; Beef & Leather; Pulp & Paper
      "The Short-Term Bonus (Annual Bonus) is based on a bonus target expressed in % of the Annual Base Salary [...] For the CEO and CFO, 100% of the target is linked to performance against the Nestlé Group objectives [...] Group objectives: [...] Additional quantitative and qualitative objectives, set by the Board of Directors in line with Nestlé's strategy, are also used to determine the Nestlé Group performance. This set of additional objectives reflects Nestlé's Creating Shared Value framework and includes the proportion of products with Nutrition, Health and Wellness benefits, markets shares, capital expenditure, structural cost optimization, progress on digitalization, strengthening Nestlé's values and culture, and further progress on quality, safety, sustainability and compliance."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of conservation area are being supported or facilitated by the company on land it does not own or manage?: 3,830 ha
      "In North Sumatra, Indonesia in a Rurality project with Earthworm Foundation, over 600 farmers have beeninvolved in the development of a participatory community land use plan that includes agreement for theprotection of 3,830 hectares of forest [...] For long-term sustainable land use planning that delivers sustainable livelihoods and forest conservation, five villages are participating in a Participatory Land Use Planning (PLUP) process, which aims to clarify the legal status of ownership and land use across the region. To date, communities have agreed to conserve 3,830 hectares of forest through this process. Additionally, over 6,000 hectares were identified for conservation but further PLUP consultations will continue in 2020 for final agreement. For the conservation areas selected by the communities, the next step for the project is to obtain district government recognition and support for the forest conservation management activities."
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 880,000 trees
      "Nestlé Malaysia has continued to plant trees as part of project RiLeaf, which aims to protect the Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Malaysia. To date, 880 000 forest seedlings have been planted in degraded or deforested areas in the Kinabatangan wetlands, covering both riparian zones and forest corridors."
  • Commodity score
    59/84
    • Palm oil
      63/84
      • Commitment Strength
        23/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "Nestlé is committed to using 100% responsibly sourced palm oil by 2020 [...] Our category-specific requirements for palm oil require our suppliers to source oil from origins that:Comply with local laws and regulations.Are not areas cleared of natural forest after December 31, 2015.Respect local and indigenous communities’ right to free, prior and informed consent.Protect HCS land.Protect peatlands. Comply with the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the industry-wide certification body that promotes the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products." "Beyond that, we have also submitted a time-bound plan to achieve 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil by 2023."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Nestlé is committed to using 100% responsibly sourced palm oil by 2020 [...] Our category-specific requirements for palm oil require our suppliers to source oil from origins that:Comply with local laws and regulations.Are not areas cleared of natural forest after December 31, 2015.Respect local and indigenous communities’ right to free, prior and informed consent.Protect HCS land.Protect peatlands. Comply with the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the industry-wide certification body that promotes the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products." "Beyond that, we have also submitted a time-bound plan to achieve 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil by 2023."
          • Target date
            2023
            0.8/1.3
            Target date
            2023
            0.8/1.3
            "Nestlé is committed to using 100% responsibly sourced palm oil by 2020 [...] Our category-specific requirements for palm oil require our suppliers to source oil from origins that:Comply with local laws and regulations.Are not areas cleared of natural forest after December 31, 2015.Respect local and indigenous communities’ right to free, prior and informed consent.Protect HCS land.Protect peatlands. Comply with the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the industry-wide certification body that promotes the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products." "Beyond that, we have also submitted a time-bound plan to achieve 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil by 2023."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "Nestlé is committed to using 100% responsibly sourced palm oil by 2020 [...] Our category-specific requirements for palm oil require our suppliers to source oil from origins that:Comply with local laws and regulations.Are not areas cleared of natural forest after December 31, 2015.Respect local and indigenous communities’ right to free, prior and informed consent.Protect HCS land.Protect peatlands. Comply with the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the industry-wide certification body that promotes the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products." "Beyond that, we have also submitted a time-bound plan to achieve 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil by 2023."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Nestlé is committed to using 100% responsibly sourced palm oil by 2020 [...] Our category-specific requirements for palm oil require our suppliers to source oil from origins that:Comply with local laws and regulations.Are not areas cleared of natural forest after December 31, 2015.Respect local and indigenous communities’ right to free, prior and informed consent.Protect HCS land.Protect peatlands. Comply with the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the industry-wide certification body that promotes the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products." "Beyond that, we have also submitted a time-bound plan to achieve 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil by 2023."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Nestlé is committed to using 100% responsibly sourced palm oil by 2020 [...] Our category-specific requirements for palm oil require our suppliers to source oil from origins that:Comply with local laws and regulations.Are not areas cleared of natural forest after December 31, 2015.Respect local and indigenous communities’ right to free, prior and informed consent.Protect HCS land.Protect peatlands. Comply with the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the industry-wide certification body that promotes the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products." "Beyond that, we have also submitted a time-bound plan to achieve 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil by 2023."
          • Target date
            2023
            0.8/1.3
            Target date
            2023
            0.8/1.3
            "Nestlé is committed to using 100% responsibly sourced palm oil by 2020 [...] Our category-specific requirements for palm oil require our suppliers to source oil from origins that:Comply with local laws and regulations.Are not areas cleared of natural forest after December 31, 2015.Respect local and indigenous communities’ right to free, prior and informed consent.Protect HCS land.Protect peatlands. Comply with the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the industry-wide certification body that promotes the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products." "Beyond that, we have also submitted a time-bound plan to achieve 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil by 2023."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "Nestlé is committed to using 100% responsibly sourced palm oil by 2020 [...] Our category-specific requirements for palm oil require our suppliers to source oil from origins that:Comply with local laws and regulations.Are not areas cleared of natural forest after December 31, 2015.Respect local and indigenous communities’ right to free, prior and informed consent.Protect HCS land.Protect peatlands. Comply with the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the industry-wide certification body that promotes the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products." "Beyond that, we have also submitted a time-bound plan to achieve 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil by 2023."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "To hold our suppliers and ourselves accountable as well as driving industry-wide transparency, we have published the lists of our Tier 1 suppliers and their mills in our supply chain , along with the country of origin. These suppliers and mills supply 93% of the total volume of palm oil we source annually, which is our volume traceable to mill. However, assessing and monitoring conditions on the ground requires us to go further upstream, and so we focus on traceability to plantation, which we have now achieved for 62% of our volume.Aligned with our commitment to supply chain transparency, we published a palm oil transparency dashboard in 2019. This shares more detailed information about how we are using Starling satellite monitoring to advance our strategy to end deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "To hold our suppliers and ourselves accountable as well as driving industry-wide transparency, we have published the lists of our Tier 1 suppliers and their mills in our supply chain (pdf, 8Mb), along with the country of origin. These suppliers and mills supply 93% of the total volume of palm oil we source annually, which is our volume traceable to mill. However, assessing and monitoring conditions on the ground requires us to go further upstream, and so we focus on traceability to plantation, which we have now achieved for 62% of our volume.Aligned with our commitment to supply chain transparency, we published a palm oil transparency dashboard in 2019. This shares more detailed information about how we are using Starling satellite monitoring to advance our strategy to end deforestation."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
            Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        14/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Nestlé's Responsible Sourcing Standards requires Tier 1 suppliers to observe the following standards: "Freedom from Forced, Bonded or Prison Labour [...] Freedom of Association, Collective Bargaining [...] no person shall be employed under the age of 15 or under the age for completion of compulsory education, whichever is higher [...] Recognition and promotion processes and practices are made based on worker performance, without discrimination on gender and with the aim to provide equal opportunities for women empowerment."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: Not specified
          "To support transformation in our supply chains to meet our commitments, we spent 2019 directly engaging with our supply chain on transformation work around 45 refineries of origin in 11 countries. We focused in particular on addressing deforestation and peat development, exploitation, and smallholder inclusion [...] To ensure smallholder inclusion in our supply chains and help build their resilience, Nestlé supported eight palm oil smallholder projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Mexico. These projects aim to enable sustainable livelihoods for farmers while helping them produce responsibly. Seven of these projects are through the Earthworm Foundation Rurality initiative, an approach to engaging smallholders that focuses on helping them develop their own capacity through strategic use of market links and supply chains. The eighth project is in Mexico, implemented by Proforest."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          "The Supplier shall • Commit to providing equal employment opportunities and promotion and not discriminate in employment, including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, or on the basis of gender [...] Respect of Gender and Woman Empowerment Principle Farmers shall • recognize the unique position and needs of women, and that women are often impacted by working conditions differently than men, and that interventions will therefore need to be designed and operated accordingly [...] Recognition and promotion processes and practices are made based on worker performance, without discrimination on gender and with the aim to provide equal opportunities for women empowerment."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          "Our category-specific requirements for palm oil require our suppliers to source oil from origins that:Respect local and indigenous communities’ right to free, prior and informed consent."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        26/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            Nestlé reports that its palm oil is "70% verified deforestation-free as of March 2020." "We continue to increase our sourcing of RSPO certified palm oil, with a preference for physically segregated RSPO SG certification, towards our commitment of 100% RSPO certification by 2023. In 2019, we reported our 2018 certified sourcing: 135,617 MT of RSPO SG palm oil and palm kernel oil (31%) and an addition 75,250 MT Book & Claim Credits (18%)."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            Nestlé reports that its palm oil is "70% verified deforestation-free as of March 2020." Elsewhere, it reports that "In 2019, Nestlé sourced approximately 455,000 MT of palm oil and palm kernel oil, achieving [...] 79% Responsibly Sourced palm oil."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            "To hold our suppliers and ourselves accountable as well as driving industry-wide transparency, we have published the lists of our Tier 1 suppliers and their mills in our supply chain (pdf, 8Mb), along with the country of origin. These suppliers and mills supply 93% of the total volume of palm oil we source annually, which is our volume traceable to mill. However, assessing and monitoring conditions on the ground requires us to go further upstream, and so we focus on traceability to plantation, which we have now achieved for 62% of our volume.Aligned with our commitment to supply chain transparency, we published a palm oil transparency dashboard in 2019. This shares more detailed information about how we are using Starling satellite monitoring to advance our strategy to end deforestation."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 49%

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO
            Nestlé reports that its palm oil is "70% verified deforestation-free as of March 2020." "We continue to increase our sourcing of RSPO certified palm oil, with a preference for physically segregated RSPO SG certification, towards our commitment of 100% RSPO certification by 2023. In 2019, we reported our 2018 certified sourcing: 135,617 MT of RSPO SG palm oil and palm kernel oil (31%) and an addition 75,250 MT Book & Claim Credits (18%)."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            NestlHCS/HCV assessments by NGO partners, e.g. Earthworm Foundation, Proforest and/or certifications such as RTRS (soya), FSC/PEFC (paper), RSPO + HCS (palm oil), Bonsucro (sugar), SGS Audit (meat). Verified from the sky = Airbus Starling satellites monitoring (palm oil and pulp & paper) and/or NASA Landsat Public Monitoring (Brazil – meat).
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: internal
            0.7/1.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: internal
            0.7/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Starling - Satellite monitoring, Transparency Dashboard
            Nestle has built a transparency dashboard which they use to build their overall strategy as well as provide a level of transparency through their supply chain - "This transparency dashboard aims to update stakeholders about our progress in achieving a verified deforestation-free palm oil supply chain and to share the learnings and challenges we face along the way. Much of the information is based on data gathered through Starling, the satellite-based system that we use to monitor our entire palm oil supply chain, and subsequent investigations conducted with our partners and suppliers."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 2015
          "Background: In 2010, Nestlé committed to deforestation-free supply chains. Our Responsible Sourcing Standard is the toolthat we use to operationalize our commitment.Definition: Zero deforestation. This includes: Areas converted from High Carbon Stock forests and habitat such as peatland, wetlands, savannas after 31st December 2015"
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: RSPO Assurance Standing Committee
          "In 2019, we joined the newly formed RSPO Assurance Standing Committee as its Consumer Goods Manufacturer representative, and actively participated in the various consultation processes around RSPO’s Smallholder Standard (new in 2019) and Shared Responsibility principles." "La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve is an area of protected mangrove and wetland habitats in southern Mexico. It is also home to hundreds of families who produce a variety of crops, including palm oil. Nestlé, Grupo Bimbo, palm oil supplier Oleofinos, Earthworm Foundation and staff from the reserve are working together on a conservation initiative that includes farmer resilience, conservation and restoration (including eliminating invasive palm oil), and land use planning, such as preventing the expansion of palm oil in the reserve."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "To address deforestation and peat development we monitored our global palm oil supply chain with Starling satellite monitoring system to identify deforestation cases and risks, and to prioritize actions."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Our category-specific requirements for palm oil require our suppliers to source oil from origins that: Comply with local laws and regulations [...] We also work with partners like Earthworm Foundation to conduct supplier assessments and identify gaps. This leads to the development of action plans with milestones and deadlines to act upon risks and improvement opportunities identified during assessments."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: webform and phone number

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: no

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental
          "Our Compliance Reporting System, "Tell us", provides you and all other external stakeholders with a dedicated communication channel for reporting potential instances of non-compliance with our Corporate Business Principles. [...] "Tell us", our Compliance Reporting System, is available any time (24/7, 365 days a year). You can choose to use a web form or call a toll-free phone number and leave a message" [...] Number 3 of the Corporate Business Principles "Value chain Responsible sourcing We expect all of our suppliers to comply with the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Standard. We verify supplier compliance with our requirements on a regular basis."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting certified/compliant volume
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting certified/compliant volume
          2/4
          What is the certified volume?: 210,867 MT

          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
          Nestlé reports that its palm oil is "70% verified deforestation-free as of March 2020." "We continue to increase our sourcing of RSPO certified palm oil, with a preference for physically segregated RSPO SG certification, towards our commitment of 100% RSPO certification by 2023. In 2019, we reported our 2018 certified sourcing: 135,617 MT of RSPO SG palm oil and palm kernel oil (31%) and an addition 75,250 MT Book & Claim Credits (18%)."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers; Yes report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers; Yes report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Indonesia, Malaysia, Colombia, Thailand, Cameroon, Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Costa Rica

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0%
          "To hold our suppliers and ourselves accountable as well as driving industry-wide transparency, we have published the lists of our Tier 1 suppliers and their mills in our supply chain (pdf, 8Mb), along with the country of origin." [...] "The mills association with Tier 1 suppliers does not indicate ownership of the mills by that Tier 1 supplier. The mill owner is indicated by the “Mill Company Name”. The Tier 1 supplier relationship to the mill is through direct or indirect sourcing, except in the cases where the Mill Company Name is the same as the Supplier name."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Details of monitoring: Using certification; Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Continuously
          "To accelerate this commitment in palm oil, we have partnered with Airbus and Earthworm Foundation to implement Starling, a satellite-based service, to monitor 100% of our global palm oil supply chains from 2019. Starling provides highly detailed optical and radar images of land across huge areas, so even small changes in tree cover are clearly visible. We then use the platform directly to monitor deforestation risk within our supply chain and to prioritize where to take action."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "We work together with our direct suppliers to continuously improve the sustainability practices of our upstream suppliers, all the way up to smallholder farmers. We also work with partners like Earthworm Foundation to conduct supplier assessments and identify gaps. This leads to the development of action plans with milestones and deadlines to act upon risks and improvement opportunities identified during assessments.When a supplier fails to effectively manage identified risks or meet agreed deadlines, we take decisive action. "
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (excluded)
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (excluded)
          1/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: Yes
          "When a supplier fails to effectively manage identified risks or meet agreed deadlines, we take decisive action. To provide assurance of this, disclosed below are 10 upstream supply chain companies that have been removed from the Nestlé supply chain since 2018: DTK Opportunity, Korindo Group, Indonusa, Olmeca (REPSA), PACIFIC INTER-LINK (HSA), PTT Green Plc, Salim Group/Indofood, Noble, Posco Daewoo, Cilandri Anky Abadi"
    • Pulp & Paper
      58/84
      • Commitment Strength
        22/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "In 2010, we made a '�deforestation-free' commitment for our supply chains, stating that all of our products, globally, will not be associated with deforestation by 2020. [...] We aim to source only pulp and paper that meet our '�deforestation-free' commitment for our supply chains or at the very least come from suppliers making measurable progress toward meeting it. [...] We also use certifications such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)'�and Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) as tools to demonstrate compliance."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "In 2010, we made a ‘deforestation-free’ commitment for our supply chains, stating that all of our products, globally, will not be associated with deforestation by 2020. [...] We aim to source only pulp and paper that meet our ‘deforestation-free’ commitment for our supply chains or at the very least come from suppliers making measurable progress toward meeting it. [...] We also use certifications such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) as tools to demonstrate compliance."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
            "In 2010, we made a ‘deforestation-free’ commitment for our supply chains, stating that all of our products, globally, will not be associated with deforestation by 2020. [...] We aim to source only pulp and paper that meet our ‘deforestation-free’ commitment for our supply chains or at the very least come from suppliers making measurable progress toward meeting it. [...] We also use certifications such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) as tools to demonstrate compliance."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
            Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
            "In 2010, we made a ‘deforestation-free’ commitment for our supply chains, stating that all of our products, globally, will not be associated with deforestation by 2020. [...] We aim to source only pulp and paper that meet our ‘deforestation-free’ commitment for our supply chains or at the very least come from suppliers making measurable progress toward meeting it. [...] We also use certifications such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) as tools to demonstrate compliance."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "In 2019, 55% of the total pulp and paper we purchased was from recycled materials. Recycling in the pulp and paper industry is well established, but food safety requirements, quality and physical properties prevent us from using 100% recycled materials."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "In 2019, 55% of the total pulp and paper we purchased was from recycled materials. Recycling in the pulp and paper industry is well established, but food safety requirements, quality and physical properties prevent us from using 100% recycled materials."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "In practice, Nestlé’s commitment to responsible pulp & paper, focusing first on virgin fibre, involves two steps: 1) Achieving traceability of the supply chain all the way back to the fibre source." "To hold our suppliers and ourselves accountable as well as driving industry-wide transparency, we have published the list of our direct suppliers (pdf, 0.3Mb) and the list of related pulp mills in our upstream supply chain [...] Since 2010, we have been using a combination of tools, including supply chain mapping, certification, on-the-ground verification and, more recently, Starling satellite monitoring, to ensure that the pulp and paper we buy is not linked to deforestation. As of March 2020, 93% of the pulp and paper we buy was verified deforestation-free"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "In practice, Nestlé’s commitment to responsible pulp & paper, focusing first on virgin fibre, involves two steps: 1) Achieving traceability of the supply chain all the way back to the fibre source." "To hold our suppliers and ourselves accountable as well as driving industry-wide transparency, we have published the list of our direct suppliers (pdf, 0.3Mb) and the list of related pulp mills in our upstream supply chain [...] Since 2010, we have been using a combination of tools, including supply chain mapping, certification, on-the-ground verification and, more recently, Starling satellite monitoring, to ensure that the pulp and paper we buy is not linked to deforestation. As of March 2020, 93% of the pulp and paper we buy was verified deforestation-free"
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
            "In practice, Nestlé’s commitment to responsible pulp & paper, focusing first on virgin fibre, involves two steps: 1) Achieving traceability of the supply chain all the way back to the fibre source." "To hold our suppliers and ourselves accountable as well as driving industry-wide transparency, we have published the list of our direct suppliers (pdf, 0.3Mb) and the list of related pulp mills in our upstream supply chain [...] Since 2010, we have been using a combination of tools, including supply chain mapping, certification, on-the-ground verification and, more recently, Starling satellite monitoring, to ensure that the pulp and paper we buy is not linked to deforestation. As of March 2020, 93% of the pulp and paper we buy was verified deforestation-free"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        14/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Nestlé's Responsible Sourcing Standards requires Tier 1 suppliers to observe the following standards: "Freedom from Forced, Bonded or Prison Labour [...] Freedom of Association, Collective Bargaining [...] no person shall be employed under the age of 15 or under the age for completion of compulsory education, whichever is higher [...] Recognition and promotion processes and practices are made based on worker performance, without discrimination on gender and with the aim to provide equal opportunities for women empowerment."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: 124 in one project

          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support
          " The farm context, in particular its size and structure (i.e. family farms, smallholders, estates), are taken into consideration for adequate, on the ground, translation of the [...] requirements taking the below farm specificities as requirements to aspire to. In any cases; • Small-scale producers do not face undue or disproportionate obstacles to becoming a Nestlé supplier as a result of the implementation of these requirements. • Nestlé will prioritize interventions that deliver improved livelihood outcomes for farmers first."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          "The Supplier shall • Commit to providing equal employment opportunities and promotion and not discriminate in employment, including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, or on the basis of gender [...] Respect of Gender and Woman Empowerment Principle Farmers shall • recognize the unique position and needs of women, and that women are often impacted by working conditions differently than men, and that interventions will therefore need to be designed and operated accordingly [...] Recognition and promotion processes and practices are made based on worker performance, without discrimination on gender and with the aim to provide equal opportunities for women empowerment."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          In their Responsible Sourcing Standards, Nestlé stipulate that "Agricultural and forestry developments and activities on local peoples’ land are subject to the free, prior and informed consent [FPIC] of the affected local communities, including indigenous peoples, with or without governmental consent for expansion"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        22/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            progress is reported through annual and quarterly updates - "As of March 2019, 77% of our purchases of key agricultural commodities linked to deforestation (palm oil, pulp & paper, soya, meat and sugar) were verified as deforestation free, versus 63% in 2018 [...] Nestle recorded 20% of their Pulp & paper as being FSC certified
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "In 2019, 55% of the total pulp and paper we purchased was from recycled materials. Recycling in the pulp and paper industry is well established, but food safety requirements, quality and physical properties prevent us from using 100% recycled materials."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            "88% of pulp and paper traceable (virgin fiber only)* in 2019"
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC Certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC Certification
            progress is reported through annual and quarterly updates - "As of March 2019, 77% of our purchases of key agricultural commodities linked to deforestation (palm oil, pulp & paper, soya, meat and sugar) were verified as deforestation free, versus 63% in 2018 [...] Nestle recorded 20% of their Pulp & paper as being FSC certified
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: internal
            0.7/1.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: internal
            0.7/1.3
            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 88%

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: SupplyShift, Achillies

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: SupplyShift, Achillies
            "88% of pulp and paper traceable (virgin fiber only)* in 2019". Nestlé reports that 73% of its pulp and paper supply was verified as deforestation-free via traceability mechanisms using traceability mechanisms: "Traceability – Low risk: Volumes have been traced back to forests/farms/plantations through the use of technologies (e.g. SupplyShift, Achillies) or partnerships with NGOs. Those locations are classified as no or low risk of deforestation by relevant literature."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 2015
          "Background: In 2010, Nestlé committed to deforestation-free supply chains. Our Responsible Sourcing Standard is the toolthat we use to operationalize our commitment.Definition: Zero deforestation. This includes: Areas converted from High Carbon Stock forests and habitat such as peatland, wetlands, savannas after 31st December 2015"
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 0 not specified

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: not specified
          "We are also partnering with Airbus and Earthworm Foundation to use Starling, a satellite-based service that will help us determine where forest loss in our supply chain is resulting in deforestation and degradation of HCV forests. In order to develop base maps of forest cover, we trialed this technology in four locations in 2019: Northwest Russia, Southeast USA, British Columbia in Canada and Sumatra in Indonesia. We will monitor forest cover change in these locations in 2020. We are also exploring how the technology can be used to map forest biomass and productivity, which could support resource use planning decisions and potentially monitor carbon trends."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Our category-specific requirements for pulp and paper, developed in conjunction with our partner Earthworm Foundation, require: Adherence to local and national regulations and laws [...] We also use certifications such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) as tools to demonstrate compliance."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: no

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: webform and phone number
          "Our Compliance Reporting System, "Tell us", provides you and all other external stakeholders with a dedicated communication channel for reporting potential instances of non-compliance with our Corporate Business Principles. [...] "Tell us", our Compliance Reporting System, is available any time (24/7, 365 days a year). You can choose to use a web form or call a toll-free phone number and leave a message" [...] Number 3 of the Corporate Business Principles "Value chain Responsible sourcing We expect all of our suppliers to comply with the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Standard. We verify supplier compliance with our requirements on a regular basis."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting certified/compliant volume
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting certified/compliant volume
          2/4
          Which certification schemes are used?: FSC

          What is the compliant volume?: 935000 MT
          Nestle report their pulp and paper volume to be "93% deforestation free 935,000 MT" 73% has been defined as "low risk" and 20% as verified
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers; Yes report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers; Yes report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: No - only country/region

          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent is no location data disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Canada, Sweden, Portugal, China, Russia, Finland, Brazil, Slovakia, Pakistan, USA, Chile, France, Spain, Austria, Estonia, Japan, UK, Poland, India, Germany, Norway, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands

          What type of location data (boundary, point, etc.) is provided for smallholder farms?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent of smallholder suppliers is location disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          What is the volume of the forest risk commodity that the company sourced in the previous year from each national or sub-national location?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 0 Not specified
          Nestlé publishes a list of its direct suppliers (converting sites) from December 2019, and indirect suppliers (pulp/paper mills) from April 2019.
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 93%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified
          "Since 2010, we have been using a combination of tools, including supply chain mapping, certification, on-the-ground verification and, more recently, Starling satellite monitoring, to ensure that the pulp and paper we buy is not linked to deforestation. As of March 2020, 93% of the pulp and paper we buy was verified deforestation-free. We will continue to work with our partners and suppliers to close the gap."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non-compliance with their Responsible Sourcing Standard

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "Responsible sourcing requires deep engagement with our suppliers. We expect all our raw material suppliers to conform to the requirements of the RSS, while our program of detailed assessments, carried out by expert independent partners, measures compliance. Where gaps are identified, we work with suppliers to develop and implement action plans to close these gaps." [...] the RSS contains details on responsible sourcing for paper suppliers
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      59/84
      • Commitment Strength
        23/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS

            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes
            "As a result, we will be able to report on progress toward delivering the following: Soya volume sourced by Nestlé in priority regions is conversion-free and compliant with Nestlé’s Responsible Sourcing Standard [...] By delivering compliant volumes, progressing suppliers and through effective initiatives, we expect to contribute to the change toward:Soya expansion being decoupled from the conversion or destruction of natural habitats." "Nestlé accepts certification against approved sustainability schemes and initiatives that are consistent with our requirements, such as the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS). We also accept traceable soya from smallholders and growers who can show they have an action plan and timeline in place for meeting our requirements."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "As a result, we will be able to report on progress toward delivering the following: Soya volume sourced by Nestlé in priority regions is conversion-free and compliant with Nestlé’s Responsible Sourcing Standard [...] By delivering compliant volumes, progressing suppliers and through effective initiatives, we expect to contribute to the change toward:Soya expansion being decoupled from the conversion or destruction of natural habitats." "Nestlé accepts certification against approved sustainability schemes and initiatives that are consistent with our requirements, such as the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS). We also accept traceable soya from smallholders and growers who can show they have an action plan and timeline in place for meeting our requirements."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/2
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/2
            "As a result, we will be able to report on progress toward delivering the following: Soya volume sourced by Nestlé in priority regions is conversion-free and compliant with Nestlé’s Responsible Sourcing Standard [...] By delivering compliant volumes, progressing suppliers and through effective initiatives, we expect to contribute to the change toward:Soya expansion being decoupled from the conversion or destruction of natural habitats." "Nestlé accepts certification against approved sustainability schemes and initiatives that are consistent with our requirements, such as the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS). We also accept traceable soya from smallholders and growers who can show they have an action plan and timeline in place for meeting our requirements." This is part of their strategy "for both direct and indirect soya sourcing between 2020 and 2025".
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company - traces to Processing Facility - checks compliance
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company - traces to Processing Facility - checks compliance
            5.3/5.3
            "To hold our suppliers and ourselves accountable as well as driving industry-wide transparency, we have published the list of our soya suppliers and their crush sites in our supply chain, along with the country of origin. [...] We engage continuously with suppliers, aiming to raise awareness among them to gradually comply with our Responsible Sourcing Standard and constantly improve soya traceability. [...] One of the key actions to continuously increase transparency within our own soya supply chain and in the soya sector generally is engagement with suppliers to gradually map where the soya we source comes from [...]in 2019 78% of Nestle's Soy was traceable.
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "To hold our suppliers and ourselves accountable as well as driving industry-wide transparency, we have published the list of our soya suppliers and their crush sites in our supply chain, along with the country of origin. [...] We engage continuously with suppliers, aiming to raise awareness among them to gradually comply with our Responsible Sourcing Standard and constantly improve soya traceability. [...] One of the key actions to continuously increase transparency within our own soya supply chain and in the soya sector generally is engagement with suppliers to gradually map where the soya we source comes from [...]in 2019 78% of Nestle's Soy was traceable.
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        14/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Nestlé's Responsible Sourcing Standards requires Tier 1 suppliers to observe the following standards: "Freedom from Forced, Bonded or Prison Labour [...] Freedom of Association, Collective Bargaining [...] no person shall be employed under the age of 15 or under the age for completion of compulsory education, whichever is higher [...] Recognition and promotion processes and practices are made based on worker performance, without discrimination on gender and with the aim to provide equal opportunities for women empowerment."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: not specified
          " The farm context, in particular its size and structure (i.e. family farms, smallholders, estates), are taken into consideration for adequate, on the ground, translation of the [...] requirements taking the below farm specificities as requirements to aspire to. In any cases; • Small-scale producers do not face undue or disproportionate obstacles to becoming a Nestlé supplier as a result of the implementation of these requirements. • Nestlé will prioritize interventions that deliver improved livelihood outcomes for farmers first."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          "The Supplier shall • Commit to providing equal employment opportunities and promotion and not discriminate in employment, including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, or on the basis of gender [...] Respect of Gender and Woman Empowerment Principle Farmers shall • recognize the unique position and needs of women, and that women are often impacted by working conditions differently than men, and that interventions will therefore need to be designed and operated accordingly [...] Recognition and promotion processes and practices are made based on worker performance, without discrimination on gender and with the aim to provide equal opportunities for women empowerment."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          In their Responsible Sourcing Standards, Nestlé stipulate that "Agricultural and forestry developments and activities on local peoples’ land are subject to the free, prior and informed consent [FPIC] of the affected local communities, including indigenous peoples, with or without governmental consent for expansion"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        22/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "As of March 2020, 76% of the soya that we buy was verified deforestation-free". 70% of this soy was identified as deforestation via the following method: "Traceability – Low risk: Volumes have been traced back to forests/farms/plantations through the use of technologies (e.g. SupplyShift, Achillies) or partnerships with NGOs. Those locations are classified as no or low risk of deforestation by relevant literature." The remaining 6% was "Verified on the ground: HCS/HCV assessments by NGO partners e.g. Earthworm Foundation, Proforest and/or certifications such as RTRS (soya)"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            "To hold our suppliers and ourselves accountable as well as driving industry-wide transparency, we have published the list of our soya suppliers and their crush sites in our supply chain, along with the country of origin. [...] We engage continuously with suppliers, aiming to raise awareness among them to gradually comply with our Responsible Sourcing Standard and constantly improve soya traceability. [...] One of the key actions to continuously increase transparency within our own soya supply chain and in the soya sector generally is engagement with suppliers to gradually map where the soya we source comes from [...]in 2019 78% of Nestle's Soy was traceable.
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Traceability via SupplyShift and Achillies; verification via RTRS, Earthworm and Proforest

            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 76%

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Traceability via SupplyShift and Achillies; verification via RTRS, Earthworm and Proforest
            "As of March 2020, 76% of the soya that we buy was verified deforestation-free". 70% of this soy was identified as deforestation via the following method: "Traceability – Low risk: Volumes have been traced back to forests/farms/plantations through the use of technologies (e.g. SupplyShift, Achillies) or partnerships with NGOs. Those locations are classified as no or low risk of deforestation by relevant literature." The remaining 6% was "Verified on the ground: HCS/HCV assessments by NGO partners e.g. Earthworm Foundation, Proforest and/or certifications such as RTRS (soya)"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 2015
          "Background: In 2010, Nestlé committed to deforestation-free supply chains. Our Responsible Sourcing Standard is the toolthat we use to operationalize our commitment.Definition: Zero deforestation. This includes: Areas converted from High Carbon Stock forests and habitat such as peatland, wetlands, savannas after 31st December 2015"
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: not specified
          "To better understand our supply chain exposure, together with our partner Proforest, we have developed an approach merging geographical risk analyses with the design of a scorecard for suppliers. For the spatial analysis, we focused on Brazil to develop risk maps at municipality scale, considering publicly available information about deforestation, protected areas, land and water conflicts, legal compliance and forced labor."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: webform and phone number

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental
          "Our Compliance Reporting System, "Tell us", provides you and all other external stakeholders with a dedicated communication channel for reporting potential instances of non-compliance with our Corporate Business Principles. [...] "Tell us", our Compliance Reporting System, is available any time (24/7, 365 days a year). You can choose to use a web form or call a toll-free phone number and leave a message" [...] Number 3 of the Corporate Business Principles "Value chain Responsible sourcing We expect all of our suppliers to comply with the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Standard. We verify supplier compliance with our requirements on a regular basis."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the certified volume?: 7,200 tons

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 1,500,000 tons

          Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS
          In their 2019 RTRS report, Nestlé reports that its annual soy footprint is 1,500,000 tons, including "930,000 tons indirect (majority of volume coming from USA) and 588,000 tons direct (soybeanmeal, beans, protein, hulls, oil)". Of this, 7,200 tons were RTRS-certified via Credits.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers; Yes report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers; Yes report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: no

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Argentina, USA, Brazil, Italy, Russian Federation, Nigeria
          "To hold our suppliers and ourselves accountable as well as driving industry-wide transparency, we have published the list of our soya suppliers and their crush sites in our supply chain, along with the country of origin."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using third party verification
          "To better understand the issues in our supply chain, our partner Proforest undertakes site assessments based on the requirements laid out in our Responsible Sourcing Standard. Proforest also provides technical assistance and guidance to our suppliers to help support them to make improvements in their supply bases. We are now going further, developing a Theory of Change model to help take us toward our 2025 vision."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "We engage continuously with suppliers, aiming to raise awareness among them to gradually comply with our Responsible Sourcing Standard and constantly improve soya traceability. Our capacity-building activities in 2019 focused on sharing our Standard, basic aspects of responsible sourcing and production of soya, and highlighting human rights issues among key suppliers, through both webinars and person-to-person workshops."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Beef *
      50/84
      • Commitment Strength
        19/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          11/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            "In 2010, Nestlé committed to deforestation-free supply chains. Our Responsible Sourcing Standard is the tool that we use to operationalize our commitment." "Scope: Palm oil, pulp & paper, soya, meat and sugar." "99% of meat verified deforestation-free* as of March 2020". "In 2010, we made a ‘deforestation-free’ commitment for our supply chains, stating that all of our products, globally, will not be associated with deforestation by 2020. For the last 10 years, we have worked on the ground to trace where our raw materials, including meat, come from to ensure they are not linked to deforestation." "Meat (beef, pork, veal, lamb/mutton) used for human consumption"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "In 2010, Nestlé committed to deforestation-free supply chains. Our Responsible Sourcing Standard is the tool that we use to operationalize our commitment." "Scope: Palm oil, pulp & paper, soya, meat and sugar." "99% of meat verified deforestation-free* as of March 2020". "In 2010, we made a ‘deforestation-free’ commitment for our supply chains, stating that all of our products, globally, will not be associated with deforestation by 2020. For the last 10 years, we have worked on the ground to trace where our raw materials, including meat, come from to ensure they are not linked to deforestation." "Meat (beef, pork, veal, lamb/mutton) used for human consumption"
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
            Target date
            No target date
            0/2
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Not disclosed
            "In 2010, Nestlé committed to deforestation-free supply chains. Our Responsible Sourcing Standard is the tool that we use to operationalize our commitment." "Scope: Palm oil, pulp & paper, soya, meat and sugar." "99% of meat verified deforestation-free* as of March 2020". "In 2010, we made a ‘deforestation-free’ commitment for our supply chains, stating that all of our products, globally, will not be associated with deforestation by 2020. For the last 10 years, we have worked on the ground to trace where our raw materials, including meat, come from to ensure they are not linked to deforestation." "Meat (beef, pork, veal, lamb/mutton) used for human consumption"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
            Interim target date
            No
            0/1
            "In 2010, Nestlé committed to deforestation-free supply chains. Our Responsible Sourcing Standard is the tool that we use to operationalize our commitment." "Scope: Palm oil, pulp & paper, soya, meat and sugar." "99% of meat verified deforestation-free* as of March 2020". "In 2010, we made a ‘deforestation-free’ commitment for our supply chains, stating that all of our products, globally, will not be associated with deforestation by 2020. For the last 10 years, we have worked on the ground to trace where our raw materials, including meat, come from to ensure they are not linked to deforestation." "Meat (beef, pork, veal, lamb/mutton) used for human consumption"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            "We expect to be above 90% verified deforestation-free by the end of 2020. We continue to work on identifying and addressing any risk in the remaining of our supply chains and keep engaging smallholder farmers and large suppliers alike to be close to 100% deforestation-free within the next three years. [...] we have worked on the ground to trace where our raw materials, including meat, come from to ensure they are not linked to deforestation. As of March 2020, 99% of the meat we buy for our Food Business (which excludes meat, poultry and egg by-products) was verified deforestation-free. We began tracing meat by-products in 2019 and expected to have this completed this by March 2020." "Meat (beef, pork, veal, lamb/mutton) used for human consumption"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line

            What is the rationale for any exclusion?: Current commitment excludes by-products but will be included in the future
          • Target date
            2023
            1.3/2
            Target date
            2023
            1.3/2
            "We expect to be above 90% verified deforestation-free by the end of 2020. We continue to work on identifying and addressing any risk in the remaining of our supply chains and keep engaging smallholder farmers and large suppliers alike to be close to 100% deforestation-free within the next three years. [...] we have worked on the ground to trace where our raw materials, including meat, come from to ensure they are not linked to deforestation. As of March 2020, 99% of the meat we buy for our Food Business (which excludes meat, poultry and egg by-products) was verified deforestation-free. We began tracing meat by-products in 2019 and expected to have this completed this by March 2020."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "We expect to be above 90% verified deforestation-free by the end of 2020. We continue to work on identifying and addressing any risk in the remaining of our supply chains and keep engaging smallholder farmers and large suppliers alike to be close to 100% deforestation-free within the next three years. [...] we have worked on the ground to trace where our raw materials, including meat, come from to ensure they are not linked to deforestation. As of March 2020, 99% of the meat we buy for our Food Business (which excludes meat, poultry and egg by-products) was verified deforestation-free. We began tracing meat by-products in 2019 and expected to have this completed this by March 2020."
      • Social Considerations
        12/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Nestlé's Responsible Sourcing Standards requires Tier 1 suppliers to observe the following standards: "Freedom from Forced, Bonded or Prison Labour [...] Freedom of Association, Collective Bargaining [...] no person shall be employed under the age of 15 or under the age for completion of compulsory education, whichever is higher [...] Recognition and promotion processes and practices are made based on worker performance, without discrimination on gender and with the aim to provide equal opportunities for women empowerment."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: not specified
          " The farm context, in particular its size and structure (i.e. family farms, smallholders, estates), are taken into consideration for adequate, on the ground, translation of the [...] requirements taking the below farm specificities as requirements to aspire to. In any cases; • Small-scale producers do not face undue or disproportionate obstacles to becoming a Nestlé supplier as a result of the implementation of these requirements. • Nestlé will prioritize interventions that deliver improved livelihood outcomes for farmers first."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "The Supplier shall • Commit to providing equal employment opportunities and promotion and not discriminate in employment, including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, or on the basis of gender [...] Respect of Gender and Woman Empowerment Principle Farmers shall • recognize the unique position and needs of women, and that women are often impacted by working conditions differently than men, and that interventions will therefore need to be designed and operated accordingly [...] Recognition and promotion processes and practices are made based on worker performance, without discrimination on gender and with the aim to provide equal opportunities for women empowerment."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          In their Responsible Sourcing Standards, Nestlé stipulate that "Agricultural and forestry developments and activities on local peoples’ land are subject to the free, prior and informed consent [FPIC] of the affected local communities, including indigenous peoples, with or without governmental consent for expansion"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        19/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "99% of meat verified deforestation-free* as of March 2020"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Nestle reports 60% of their meat as "Traceability – No or Low risk = Volumes have been traced back to forests/farms/plantations through the use of technologies (e.g. SupplyShift, Achilles) or partnerships with NGOs.", and 39% as Verified on the ground = HCS/HCV assessments by NGO partners, e.g. Earthworm Foundation, Proforest and/or certifications such as [...] SGS Audit (meat)"
        • Reporting is independently verified
          4/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Third-party verification audits

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: SGS
            "99% of meat verified deforestation-free* as of March 2020"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: SGS Audit

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: SGS Audit
            "We expect to be above 90% verified deforestation-free by the end of 2020. We continue to work on identifying and addressing any risk in the remaining of our supply chains and keep engaging smallholder farmers and large suppliers alike to be close to 100% deforestation-free within the next three years. [...] we have worked on the ground to trace where our raw materials, including meat, come from to ensure they are not linked to deforestation. As of March 2020, 99% of the meat we buy for our Food Business (which excludes meat, poultry and egg by-products) was verified deforestation-free. We began tracing meat by-products in 2019 and expected to have this completed this by March 2020."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 2015
          "Background: In 2010, Nestlé committed to deforestation-free supply chains. Our Responsible Sourcing Standard is the toolthat we use to operationalize our commitment.Definition: Zero deforestation. This includes: Areas converted from High Carbon Stock forests and habitat such as peatland, wetlands, savannas after 31st December 2015"
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: not specified
          "Identifying, protecting and avoiding producing on High Conservation Values (HCV) lands in and around the producer territory after 31st December 2015, as defined in the High Carbon Stock Approach Toolkit."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: webform and phone number

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental
          "Our Compliance Reporting System, "Tell us", provides you and all other external stakeholders with a dedicated communication channel for reporting potential instances of non-compliance with our Corporate Business Principles. [...] "Tell us", our Compliance Reporting System, is available any time (24/7, 365 days a year). You can choose to use a web form or call a toll-free phone number and leave a message" [...] Number 3 of the Corporate Business Principles "Value chain Responsible sourcing We expect all of our suppliers to comply with the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Standard. We verify supplier compliance with our requirements on a regular basis."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report indirect suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report indirect suppliers
          2/4
          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Uraguay, Germany, France, New Zealand, USA, Colombia, Sweden, Poland, Brazil, Australia,
          Nestle reports their meat suppliers by name and location
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Upon request by Nestle

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "Responsible Sourcing Strategy - It sets out basic, non-negotiable standards, as well as important and urgent sustainability practices that we ask our suppliers and the farmers involved in our supply chain to adhere to at all times.We verify the respect of these practices through farm assessments. As we verify compliance, we understand that some actions at farm level require time and often an industry transformation to be implemented." [...] "Upon Nestlé request, suppliers, including intermediaries and farms, shall make visible the internal program they have in place demonstrating continuous improvement or fulfilment against the Standard’s requirements or its equivalence • If no program exists, embark in the demonstration of improvements or fulfilment by considering using some of the mechanisms listed below; Internal and 3rd party Verification and Certification schemes based on risk assessments Demonstrate practices against Standard to support Monitoring and Capacity Building"
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    22/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    23/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    14/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Nestlé is a Swiss food manufacturer with more than 2,000 brands being sold in more than 185 countries. Its products include beverages, confectionary, chilled foods, nutrition and pet care with well-known brands such as Maggi, KitKat, Milo and Nescafé. The company is a major manufacturer and retailer of packaged foods in Indonesia, Brazil the US and Western Europe. Its products use palm oil and soy is used in animal feed for dairy products. Nestlé S.A. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Packaged food
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Switzerland
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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