Nestlé has been active on a lot of sustainability fronts lately, from water and climate policy to deforestation and workers’ rights, to plant-based protein and plastic packaging reduction. While progress can often be slow for large global companies with complex supply chains, Nestlé has continued to reduce the negative impacts of its operations and the amount of salt, sugar and saturated fats used in its products; forge partnerships that Create Shared Value; and lead on climate-related supply chain risks.
We spoke with Josh Morton, Team Lead of Corporate Communications, to learn more about Nestlé’s latest efforts to Create Shared Value in the U.S. and incorporate purpose into its operations.
How is Nestlé living up to its responsibilities as a leading nutrition, health and wellness company?
Josh Morton: For us, our consumers come first. That’s why we set big commitments and objectives to make our portfolio even healthier and tastier, inspire our consumers to lead healthier lives, and deepen and share our understanding of nutrition science. In fact, just last month, we launched our new initiative, Nestlé for Healthier Kids, that brings together all of our efforts that support parents and caregivers in raising healthy kids. Our ambition is to help 50 million children worldwide live healthier lives by 2030. One of the ways we’re bringing this to life specifically in the U.S. is through a partnership with Rutgers University-Newark and the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance on a program called Start Healthy, Stay Healthy. The program provides families with evidence-based education to help them establish and maintain good nutritional habits for their children. Families who complete the curriculum also have an opportunity to become mentors to other families entering the program.
Nestlé has been active on a lot of sustainability fronts — which areas of focus are of highest priority? And which present the biggest challenges for Nestlé?
JM: We organize our Creating Shared Value priorities into three key pillars: individuals and families, our communities, and our planet. These three pillars have equal weight in terms of our overarching priorities and global ambitions. There’s a lot happening, without a doubt, but there are two things I think are important to highlight:
- Earlier this year, we announced a 15-year power purchase agreement with EDP Renewables, a global leader in renewable energy and one of the world’s largest wind energy producers, that will provide approximately 80 percent of the electricity load for five Nestlé facilities in southeastern Pennsylvania. The agreement is a major step forward for our ambition to procure 100 percent of our electricity from renewable sources.
- We have a deep commitment to protect shared water resources and to community stewardship. That’s why we’re proud that in March, we announced that all five of our factories in California are now certified to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard, the most rigorous standard of its kind in the world. Recent auditing as part of that certification process of our California factories revealed a combined savings of more than 54 million gallons of water between 2016 and 2017
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