Supporting sustainability in the workplace

What makes sustainability in the workplace important?

Consumers are increasingly motivated to be more socially and environmentally conscious, and they are demonstrating this through the products they buy. They are looking for brands that invest in reducing negative impacts on the planet, while helping to protect and even improve the world in which we all live.

At Nestlé Professional our approach is to create value not only for your business, but also for society and the planet. This is why we strive to help businesses move the goalpost of sustainability in the workplace.

Nestlé’s sustainability initiatives

At Nestlé sustainability is part of our everyday actions. We are ambitious and determined to offer products able to fit the sustainable lifestyle of your employees. Here is how we strive to contribute to sustainability in the workplace.

Packaging and Plastics
PACKAGING
& PLASTICS
 
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GLOBAL YOUTH INITIATIVE - NEXT GEN FOR THE WORKFORCE
GLOBAL YOUTH
INITIATIVE - NEXT
GEN FOR THE
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Food waste
FOOD
WASTE
 
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HOW WE SOURCE INGREDIENTS
HOW WE
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INGREDIENTS
 
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DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
DIVERSITY &
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CLIMATE CHANGE
CLIMATE
CHANGE
 
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PACKAGING AND PLASTICS

Plastic is one of the biggest sustainability issues facing our planet. We are determined to reduce the amount of single-use plastics and will continue to introduce reusable packaging, new delivery systems and innovative business models.

By 2025, we are committed to ensuring that 100% of our packaging (including plastics) is recyclable and reusable.

By 2025, we are committed to ensuring that 100% of our packaging (including plastics) is recyclable and reusable.

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We are shaping a waste-free future. Want to know more about Nestlé’s sustainability initiatives and what we are doing to tackle packaging waste? Read all about it.

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HOW WE SOURCE INGREDIENTS

Building respectful, long term relationships with our farmers is essential to maintaining a sustainable of quality ingredients for our products.

At NESCAFÉ®, we’ve been building respectful relationships with our farmers for more than 80 years. The world needs a plan to help coffee continue to thrive, and we’ve got one. It’s called Grown Respectfully.

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Cocoa has always been one of our most important ingredients, and great-tasting chocolate comes from quality beans. We developed the Nestlé Cocoa Plan to help us ensure we are sourcing the highest-quality cocoa beans sustainably. Our plan works alongside our farmers to improve the livelihoods and farming practices of the farming communities included within our supply chain.

Read all about our responsible sourcing and the big part it plays in our plan to offer products that support sustainability in the workplace.

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Respecting Human Rights

We have specific commitments and programmes to address issues including child labour, improving workers’ livelihoods, ensuring workers have access to grievance mechanisms and reporting transparently on the numbers of workers benefiting from our interventions. Read more about our commitments.

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GLOBAL YOUTH INITIATIVE - NEXT GEN FOR THE WORKFORCE

At Nestlé, we believe that communities cannot thrive if they fail to offer a future for younger generations. That is why we are determined to help young people develop their skills so that they can find jobs or create their own businesses.

Nestlé aim to help 10 million young people worldwide access economic opportunities by 2030.

We're focusing on three key areas:

  • Employment and employability
  • Agripreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship

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The aim is to give young people training and development opportunities such as employability skills, work experience and industry insight to help prepare them for the workplace. We are proud to say that since 2013 we have created more than 32,000 work opportunities for the next generation.

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Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or® opens doors for students and apprentices looking to learn from the very best in industry and develop their careers. The competition provides real-life challenges to inspire the next generation of chefs and hospitality enthusiasts, helping them to gain both front and back-of-house experience while developing their skills and knowledge.

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Gen Z: Cater to the Future

The next generation in the workplace is ‘Gen Z’, who will account for 24% of the global workforce1. Read our paper to find out more about Gen Z and how they will impact the workplace.

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1Statista, 2019.

 

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

At Nestlé, our values are rooted in respect – for our employees, our customers and our consumers. That’s why championing diversity and inclusion is so important to us; when we embrace different perspectives and give everyone the chance to be the best they can be, we can think in new, creative ways that grow and enhance our business. Improving gender balance is a crucial part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, and we’re glad to be a part of this positive movement.

As a sign of its commitment to improving inclusion for LGBTQ+ people (the ‘plus’ represents additional sexual orientation and gender identities), Nestlé joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions. The scheme provides Nestlé, which employs around 8,000 people at factories and offices across the UK and Ireland, with access to the latest expert support and resources from the world’s formative LGBTQ+ charity. Nestlé will also take part in the annual Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, the UK’s definitive benchmarking tool for employers to measure their progress on LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace.

 

FOOD WASTE

About a third of food meant for human consumption is wasted.

Working with WRAP UK, we calculated that, on average, each person throws away the equivalent of 42 days’ worth of food every year.

We’re working on a number of sustainability initiatives to reduce food waste at the source (i.e. within global food systems) and enabling the redistribution of food that would otherwise go to waste.

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Here are 10 ways you can tackle the problem of food waste:

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Food surplus

Nestlé has become one of the first manufacturers in the UK to publish data about its food waste as part of the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap. Nestlé has reduced its food waste levels by 8.2% since 2016 by adopting the WRAP and IGD developed ‘Target, Measure and Act’ (TMA) approach as well as the UK Measurements and Reporting Guidelines.

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Nestlé are one of the world’s biggest food and drink companies, with a significant footprint, which brings both challenges and opportunities. Our environmental aims are to grow while reducing our environmental impact, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, use resources efficiently and encourage biodiversity in the areas where we have offices, facilities and factories.

Nestlé commits to zero net emissions by 2050. To achieve this ambition, some of Nestlé’s specific actions include:

  • Speeding-up the transformation of its products in line with consumer trends and choices.
  • Scaling up initiatives in agriculture to absorb more carbon.
  • Using 100% renewable electricity in our factories, warehouses, logistics and offices.

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Climate change is the single greatest environmental challenge of our generation, and we believe that businesses can and must be part of the solution to climate change. We are investing in further renewable technologies to generate our own green energy in the UK and Ireland.

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