Food giants show increased appetite for sustainable supply chains
Global food and beverage firms Nestlé and Mondelez International have both ramped up sustainable business efforts over the past year, with an increased commitment to supply chain transparency, according to their respective CSR reports.
Nestlé Waters UK switches to 100% renewable electricity
Bottled water producer Nestlé Waters will now source 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources at its UK bottling plant in Buxton as part of the group's commitment to reduce the environmental impact of its global operations.
No breaks for Nestlé in its relentless pursuit of global supply chain sustainability
If you're one of the thousands of people across the globe heeding Nestlé's advice to 'have a break, have a KitKat' this lunchtime, it might be worth taking an additional moment to consider exactly how the world's largest food company is working to ensure its snacks are sustainably and ethically produced.
Big brands 'failing' on palm oil policies, Greenpeace claims
PepsiCo, Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson are among a raft of consumer goods companies that are "letting their customers down" by failing to break the link between the use of palm oil in everyday products and deforestation, a new Greenpeace report has concluded.
Green beans: 5 sustainable coffee innovations
Coffee. It got you out of bed this morning, it's an excuse to meet an old friend and it propels you through those late-night deadlines. We all love coffee - 1.6 billion cups of it are drunk every day - and supplying that demand has made it the second most traded commodity on the planet after oil.
Tesco leads new food-waste fighting coalition
Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis will chair a new food waste reduction coalition, launched Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Greener Kit Kats on the way as Nestlé achieves 100% sustainable cocoa
Nestlé Professional UK & Ireland has become the first major confectionary company in the hospitality and foodservice sector to source 100 certified sustainable cocoa for its chocolate and biscuits.
Nestle forms new energy reduction partnership
The world's largest food company has announced a new partnership with Sheffield Hallam University to explore resource efficiency across a range of its operational value chain.
Obama's clean power action contrasts with 'small-minded' UK approach
Green groups have compared US President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan with the lack of UK Government action, claiming Prime Minister David Cameron needs to do more to meet climate change targets.
Viridor snaps up Nestle's Inder Poonaji to drive sustainability strategy
Waste management firm Viridor has recruited Nestle's former head of sustainability, Inder Poonaji, to direct its own sustainability, safety, health environment and quality divisions.
Construction milestone for UK's largest on-site dairy AD plant
First Milk, one of the UK's largest cheese creameries, has announced the completion of the first phase of construction of a bio-energy plant at its dairy factory in Cumbria.
Nestle & National Trust jump aboard Green Alliance nature crusade
Environmental think tank Green Alliance has partnered with Nestlé and the National Trust for the launch of two new projects which aim to address the UK Government's "failures" surrounding the decline of the nation's natural environment.
M&S joins 100% renewable energy initiative
Marks and Spencer has reaffirmed its commitment to 100% renewable energy, announcing today that it has joined RE100.
Nestle factory reaches zero-waste milestone
Nestle's largest UK factory has achieved zero-waste-to-landfill and cut emissions by 10%, one year after installing a giant anaerobic digester.
Nestle achieves zero waste to landfill in the US
Nestle has achieved zero waste to landfill in all of its US factories as part of its ongoing commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its products.
Fast-food giants clogging up sustainable palm-oil progress
Nearly three-quarters of the world's biggest palm-oil users have improved their commitment to sustainable sourcing in the past year, but fast-food brands are evidently lagging behind.
Worlds' most sustainable food and drink companies revealed by Oxfam
Unilever has finished first in Ofxam's 'Battle of the Brands' campaign which takes a look at the agricultural sourcing policies of the top 10 food and beverage companies.
Nestle achieves key sustainability targets ahead of time
Nestlé has today released its Creating Shared Value Report 2014, revealing it to have hit several key sustainability targets two years early.
Solar is energy of choice for businesses going 100% renewable
Solar PV is the most popular form of renewable energy among businesses while biomass generation offers the best return on investment, according to a new report from The Carbon Group and CDP.
Nestle and Unilever look to create food packaging circular economy
Unilever and Nestle are part of a collaborative project that aims to improve the recyclability of 'flexible packaging' such as sweet and crisp wrappers.
Nestle steps up climate change leadership with new CSR commitments
Multinational food and beverage company Nestlé has teamed up with a number of organisations and made a host of new CSR commitments to help accelerate its sustainability strategy.
Big brands team up with Recoup to launch new plastics recycling campaign
Big brands such as Coca-Cola Enterprises, Nestlé and retailer Marks & Spencer have partnered up to launch a new plastics recycling campaign called Pledge 4 Plastics.
Central American farmers generate energy from coffee wastewater
The 'Energy from Coffee Wastewater' project has proven that it is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills.
The Positive Cup: Nespresso ploughs £330m into sustainable development
Nestle's coffee brand is accelerating its sustainability focus with the launch of an ambitious new programme to become 'carbon neutral' by 2020.
Nestlé Waters achieves zero waste to landfill at £35m Buxton bottling plant
Nestlé Waters announced today (15 July) that it has achieved zero waste-to-landfill at its £35m factory in Buxton in Derbyshire and its head office in Rickmansworth, diverting 500 tonnes from landfill in the past 12 months.
Taking stock of green business
The advent of sustainable strategy continues to have an unprecedented impact on the stock market. Today, the environmental policy of a business and future energy forecasts are a vital consideration for financiers in determining just how investable a company is. Schneider Electric's Richard Badham investigates how to ensure your sustainable strategy is aligned to profit potential.
Nestlé Waters keen to price cost of recycling into bottle sales
Nestlé Waters is seeking to implement a market-based recycling model for its business whereby the cost of recycling its bottled water packaging is offset against the product retail price.
Nestlé ranks people alongside water as a growing 'scarce resource'
One of Nestlé's senior representatives has highlighted the rising threat of unsustainable water use and its potentially devastating effects on global food security over the next 40 years.
Global brands sign up to international water stewardship standard
Several global organisations, including food companies Nestle and General Mills, have today announced their commitment to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard, which aims to promote a global framework for sustainable use of freshwater resources.
Nestle: honesty 'breaks down' barriers to stakeholder engagement
Transparent, honest reporting and communication is essential if businesses want to effectively engage with stakeholders, Nestle's global head of public affairs has said.
Nestlé commits to 40% water reduction across EU operations
Nestlé has committed to reducing water consumption by 40% across its European production sites by 2020, compared to 2010 levels.
Managing water and energy separately no longer viable, finds report
Managing water and carbon footprints in isolation poses a significant danger, as increasing demand for water places pressure on energy usage, new research suggests.
Nestlé introduces natural refrigerant freezers to cut emissions
Nestlé is introducing natural refrigerant ice cream freezers across Europe in an effort to phase out the use of potent greenhouse gases, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFC).
Coffee industry launches new GHG calculating methodology
Global coffee companies Lavazza, Nestle and illycaffe are amongst a group of organisations to launch a new methodology to calculate Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from green coffee production.
Global brands link with WWF to form bioplastic alliance
Big consumer brands such as Nike, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Coca-Cola and the conservation group WWF have launched the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA), which will promote the development of plant-based plastics.
Nestlé issues euro-wide pledges on zero waste and ethical supply chain
Nestlé has become the first manufacturer to sign up to far-reaching initiative designed to tackle unfair commercial practices in the food supply chain.
Gap widens between green pioneers and the rest
The performance of the most sustainable companies on the planet has improved, according to an extensive corporate assessment.
Nestlé yields 60% factory water savings by tweaking production process
Nestle has reduced water use in one of its factories by almost two thirds in less than 12 months due to a combination of new technology and employee awareness training.
CDP report: BMW and Nestle leading on climate progress
BMW, Nestle and Philips Electronics are amongst the top 12 companies leading in climate change action, according to the international not-for-profit organisation CDP
George Clooney completes Nespresso sustainability board
George Clooney, the face and ambassador of coffee brand Nespresso, has joined the company's sustainability advisory board to mark the tenth anniversary of its AAA Sustainable Quality Program.
Nestlé takes to twitter to defend its 'water as commodity' position
Attaching value to water will not only address future concerns around scarcity of supply, but also guard against food security issues, Nestlé Waters has stressed.
Nestlé builds on Buxton bottle recycling with educational pilot
Nestlé Waters is set to expand its Buxton Natural Mineral Water bottle recycling scheme in the Derbyshire town where it produces the bottled products.
Nestle's waste for disposal falls by 8% despite surge in production
Nestle's focus on waste and resource efficiency in 2012 has helped 39 of the company's factories generate zero waste for disposal.
Food sector collaborates to refine product sustainability strategies
Major brands are joining forces to improve the environmental performance of selected product lines through better waste prevention and resource efficiency measures.
Oxfam exposes supply chain 'failings' of biggest food brands
Oxfam has launched a brand scrutiny exercise of some of the world's largest food and beverage companies in a call for greater transparency.
Nestlé chief: water shortages could spark global food crisis by 2030
Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke has warned that water scarcity will be the cause of massive food shortages within the next 15 to 20 years unless decisive action is taken.
Nestlé boss adds waste to list of supply chain risk factors
Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe has identified wasteful agriculture practices as a "major challenge" to tackle within its global supply chain as it looks to ramp up production levels.
Nestlé targets product design to boost sustainable performance
Nestlé is looking to build faster and better lifecycle thinking into the product design stage of its operations to raise environmental standards across its entire brand portfolio.
Nestlé makes case for water pricing to boost efficiency gains
Nestlé chairman Peter Braback-Letmathe has argued that more value must be put on water use through market pricing mechanisms that could drive greater efficiency measures.
Water will run out before oil, warns Nestlé chairman
Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe has warned that the world's resource base will run out of water before oil, in an urgent call for action.