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Kit Kat manufacturer Nestlé has adopted the new UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, while Milka maker Mondelez has increased the transparency of its palm oil and cocoa supply chains

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.

The state-of-the-art Nestlé Waters bottling plant in Buxton, opened in 2013, will now source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources

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.

Brimming with 39 commitments the Nestlé in Society CSR report is as much a behemoth of sustainability pledges as it is a beacon of business best practice

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.

A patch of forest remains between palm oil plantations in Indonesia. Photo: Ulet Ifansasti/Greenpeace

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.

More than 1.6 billion cups of coffee are drunk every day

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.

Nearly 1/3 of all food is lost or wasted globally

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.

Kit Kat, which is part of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, was certified was first certified by Fairtrade in the UK in 2013

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.

The project will examine the 40-metre long ovens used to manufacture KitKats

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.

Green groups have contrasted the UK's approach with Obama's ambitious announcement

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.

Inder Poonaji will join Viridor on 1 September

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.

The First Milk  Cumbria factory will be the first dairy processing site in Europe to deliver biogas to the grid

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.

Green Alliance wants to ensure short-term economic growth isn't at the expense of nature

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.

Since the launch of its ethical and environmental 'Plan A' in 2007, M&S has lowered its carbon emissions by 19% and has become carbon neutral across its worldwide operations.

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.

The Fawdon factory, near Newcastle, is converting four tonnes of solid waste and 200,000 litres of liquid waste into renewable energy and clean water each day.

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.

All of Nestlé USA's factories employ ISO 14001 certified environmental management systems to help manage their environmental impact, including waste elimination

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.

Palm-oil is  used as an ingredient in everything from soap to cookies to frying oil

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.

Unilever topped the list thanks to its top scores on climate and its treatment of workers and farmers

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's commitment to sustainability has already been acknowledged by it being named best in its sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Series 2013

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.

Fifteen companies are publically targeting 100% renewable energy

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.

Around 556,000 tonnes of flexible packaging ends up in landfill every year

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.

The firm has made a host of new CSR commitments to help accelerate its sustainability strategy

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.

Recoup chief executive Stuart Foster (pictured left) and Resources Management Minister Dan Rogerson (pictured right) launch new plastics recycling campaign

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.

The process of drying coffee on the Danilo Gonzalez Cooperative in San Ramón, Matagalpa, Nicaragua

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 programme will create significant benefits for the business, society and the environment

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.

The company's plant in Buxton £35m factory produces lightweight bottled water products with 25% less PET plastic

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.

Business owners can now visualise energy and sustainability with all-in-one energy management systems

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.

Six of Nestle Waters' 28 US factories are classified as zero-waste-to-landfill sites

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's executive vice president Nandu Nandkishore says water will become the most precious commodity in the world

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.

The Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard defines criteria for good water stewardship and has been designed to align with other sustainability initiatives

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.

Photo credit: Nestle.

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.

Nestle is cutting water use at its operations in the EU as water scarcity is affecting one in ten people living in the region

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.

Benefits of the new freezers include a decrease in energy consumption by more than a third, in comparison with existing systems.

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).

The new Green Coffee Carbon Footprint Product Category Rule (CFP-PCR) will drive consistency in the application of GHG emissions calculations by

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.

Feedstocks such as sugarcane can be used to make plastics

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.

The TVR report shows that the top 10 achieved an average of 83% for sustainability compared to the overall score of 63%

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.

The La Penilla site in Spain

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

Nespress sustainability board: L-r: Bruce McNamer, President & CEO, TechnoServe; Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO, Nespresso; Tensie Whelan, President, Rainforest Alliance; Harriet Lamb, CEO, Fairtrade International and George Clooney, actor and Nespresso brand ambassador

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.

Paul Bulcke says water scarcity now poses threat to survival

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.

Peter Braback-Letmathe: Place more value on water use

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.

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe speaking last week in New Delhi

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.

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