Our commitment: Roll out the Rural Development Framework to understand the needs of farmers
By 2020 – Continue to support Nestlé S.A.’s efforts to roll out the Rural Development Framework through our purchasing for the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, the Nescafé Plan and AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program.
The wellbeing of farmers, their families and their communities is intrinsic to the long-term success of our business. That’s why we are committed to providing agricultural support and capacity-building programs to our direct suppliers. The Rural Development Framework (RDF) is a diagnostic tool that will help us to deliver a consistent approach to addressing issues on the ground.
Focusing on eight core areas, Nestlé S.A. aims to improve the livelihoods of farmers within our supply chains. Designed with the assistance of several NGOs, the RDF seeks to contribute to our Farmer Connect and smallholder upstream sourcing activities in a manner that ensures our long-term supply, while simultaneously contributing to rural development. Here in the U.S., we support Nestlé S.A.’s efforts to roll out the RDF through our purchasing for the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, the Nescafé Plan and AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program.