Our commitment: Improve resource efficiency
By 2016 – Develop a plan and methodology to contribute to our global resolution to halve food waste by 2025 compared to a 2016 baseline.
By 2020 – Achieve zero waste for disposal in 100% of our factories.
To do more with fewer resources and generate less waste, we are adopting more efficient technologies and processes. We are doing this in the United States where we have made significant progress across our operations. Nestlé’s overall ambition is to work toward zero waste for disposal, where no factory waste goes to landfill or is incinerated without energy being recovered, and to maximize the value of remaining by-products.
In April 2015, we announced that 23 Nestlé USA factories achieved landfill-free status. By the end of 2015, 35 of our U.S. factories achieved this milestone, including 10 Nestlé Waters bottling plants and 2 Nestlé Professional facilities. This important milestone supports Nestlé’s commitment to environmentally sustainable business practices and helped Nestlé exceed its global commitment by more than double. All of this work ladders up to achieving our global commitment of zero waste to landfill at all our manufacturing sites globally by 2020.
Additionally, in partnership with SAVE FOOD, a group that works closely with the Food and Agriculture Organizations and the United Nations Environment Programme to create awareness of and help prevent food loss, we have committed to halve our food waste globally by 2030. Our efforts include responsible sourcing and consumer education, as well as work with the World Resources Institute to develop a global standard to measure and evaluate food loss and waste in the food supply chain. Aside from the missed opportunity to improve food security, food loss and waste place a tremendous burden on the environment.