Our commitment: Reduce food loss and waste
By 2016 – Develop a plan and methodology to contribute to our global resolution to halve food waste by 2025 compared to the 2016 baseline.
By 2020 – Achieve zero waste to landfill status in 100% of our factories.
To do more with fewer resources and generate less waste, we continue to adopt more-efficient technologies and processes. Nestlé’s ambition by 2020 is to achieve zero waste for disposal, whereby no factory waste goes to landfill or is incinerated without energy being recovered, the value of remaining by-products is maximized. In 2016, 47 Nestlé factories—60% of our total in the U.S.—achieved zero waste to landfill status. This important milestone supports Nestlé’s commitment to environmentally sustainable business practices and helped Nestlé exceed our global commitment by more than double, with 22% of factories achieving zero waste to landfill status worldwide.
In the United States alone, 160 billion pounds of food is wasted every year. This waste has a tangible social, environmental, and economic cost. Nestlé’s progress toward curbing food waste is framed by our global commitment, launched in 2015, to halve food waste across our operations by 2025, in addition to a number of initiatives under way in the United States. In 2016, Nestlé joined lawmakers, food bank officials, environmental advocates, and academics in support of legislation to standardize date labels on foods stocked on grocery shelves.
The legislation is aimed at establishing federal standards to help food companies like Nestlé more clearly communicate with consumers and avoid confusion—caused by inconsistent usage of terms such as “use by,” “sell by,” “best by,” and “expires on”—that leads to unnecessary food disposal. For more than 40 years, we have also partnered with Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization. As a Leadership Level partner, we have contributed more than 110 million pounds of food and beverages in the last six years alone, the equivalent of 16 million meals annually. Reductions of packaging weight are creating efficiencies while maintaining shelf life of products. With 47 of Nestlé’s U.S. factories achieving zero waste to landfill status, our company is on course to meet our goal of 100% of factories achieving zero waste by 2020.