Marking ten years since the launch of its Nescafé Plan, aimed at improving farmer’s lives and reducing environmental impact, food and beverage giant Nestlé announced the launch of renewed sustainability goals for its ubiquitous coffee brand. The company’s commitments include achieving 100% responsibly sourced coffee by 2025, 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025, as well as investments in climate-related actions across the supply chain to decrease environmental impact.
Nestlé expects to publish a new and expanded Nescafé sustainability roadmap before the end of the year.
Philipp Navratil, Senior Vice President, Head of Beverages Strategic Business Unit, said:
“Together with our partners and 230 Nescafé agronomists, we improved efficiency and agricultural practices on farms, enabling farmers to command a premium price for coffee grown sustainably. We diversified sources of farmer income to reduce their dependence on monocultures and to make them more resilient. We will not stop here. Our programs will evolve toward better social conditions in and around coffee farms. We will double down our efforts on labor rights, child protection, youth and women empowerment.”
The company highlighted the sustainability achievements it has made since launching the plan in 2010, including reaching 75% responsibly sourced coffee, improving coffee economics in countries including Mexico, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras and Vietnam, reducing scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 46%, and reducing direct water withdrawal per unit of soluble coffee by 53%, among others.
Nescafé works with Rainforest Alliance, a non-profit organization that aims to protect forests, improve the livelihoods of farmers and forest communities, promote their human rights, and help them mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.
Alex Morgan, Chief Markets Officer, Rainforest Alliance, said:
“Our partnership with Nestlé on the Nescafé Plan is about improving and optimizing coffee farming. Working together with the Rainforest Alliance on training, monitoring and evaluation, Nescafé used data and evidence to adapt its activities with the coffee farmers. We are delighted to be their partner on this journey.”