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  • Nestlé Mexico is obtaining 85% of its electrical energy needs from wind power, which reduces CO2 emissions by 124,000 tons per year (the equivalent of taking 39,000 small cars off the road annually).

  • In its optimization of packaging material usage in kilotons, Nestlé made an impressive step forward by saving 41% of material in 2013.

  • Nestlé recycled 1.8 billion gallons of water in 2012, and saved 1.7 billion gallons of water through various water conservation projects.

  • Nestlé’s factory in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico, collects water condensation during the milk-evaporation process and recycles it to save 144 million gallons of water in a year.

Working Together

Nestlé supports the new CocoaAction strategy organized by the World Cocoa Foundation to support African cocoa farmers and improve the quality of their crops and their lives. The brand has also partnered with The Forest Trust (TFT) to combat deforestation and find alternatives to destructive processing of palm oil and pulp for the company’s paper and packaging. The brand also lends support to animal rescue and adoption organizations and supplies food to Feeding America, which is responsible for 25 million meals annually. Nestlé also supports The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), which operates in 50 countries and teaches students and teachers about water and water conservation.

The Green Advantage

A strong advocate of shared value, Nestlé strives to live up to its “Good Food, Good Life” mantra through its core business activities and sustainability efforts that focus largely on nutrition, water, and rural development. Nestlé’s commitment to the environment is reflected in more than 489 water-saving projects in its factories. The brand reduced the water used in its European operations, for example, by 36% between 2004 and 2010. Nestlé also supports 184 clean-drinking-water projects launched in South Asia, improving access and sanitation for more than 100,000 students in village schools across several countries. Though negative publicity around its bottled water and palm oil practices in recent years has likely impacted Nestlé’s reputation as a corporate citizen, the brand has worked diligently to overcome these challenges by strengthening its relationship with target audiences—mainly through its emphasis on well-being, food, and nutrition. One notable aspect of Nestlé’s “Good Food, Good Life” approach is its effort to address health concerns such as obesity by reducing ingredients such as sugar, salt, and trans fats in an impressive 27% of its products. While Nestlé‘s sustainable achievements are considerable—from dramatic reductions in water usage and CO2 emissions to helping families meet nutritional needs—concerns about Nestlé’s water withdrawal (and the communities it impacts) persist. By operating transparently, fostering dialogue, and working to resolve water rights issues as it continues its good work in so many areas, Nestlé can leverage its sustainable advantage to the fullest.


Nestlé supports cocoa action strategy to promote sustainability
Nestle partners with The Forest Trust to combat deforestation
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Nestlé factory reduces water use by almost two thirds in less than 12 months
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