Sustainable Sourcing of Vegetables for Nestlé

Sustainable Sourcing of Vegetables for Nestlé


Nestlé’s Responsible Sourcing Program aims to ensure the respect of ethical standards, reduce the impact of agricultural practices on the environment and enhance in-farm biodiversity within Nestlé's processed vegetables supply chain.


The program currently involves suppliers and processors, which source from over 10,000 farms located in Belgium, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, UK, and Ukraine.


The program consists of three main components:

1. Traceability: Desk and in-situ assessments to map the supply chain and improve transparency of the product origins and ensure they are traceable.


2. Compliance: Farms and suppliers are required to undergo third-party field assessments, to uncover and address sustainability gaps.


3. Creating Shared Value (CSV): This voluntary pillar of the program supports processors and farmers that are willing to go beyond compliance and further reduce their impact on the environment and enhance the biodiversity in their crop fields.

 To the German project webpage ...
 Colourful diversity on the company premises
 The greening of parking lots with bushes and trees not only provides shade, but also offers a habitat for flora and fauna.

While SAN (Sustainable Agricultural Network) and FGN (Fundacion Global Nature) are responsible for the overall implementation of the Responsible Sourcing Project, Global Nature Fund is currently in charge of the Programs’ direct support to German suppliers involved in the Creating Shared Value pillar, including the co-lead of the suppliers’ biodiversity program as well as help and advice farmers on the implementation of new and better agricultural practices to solve the most important issues in that region that the processor chooses to focus on.


The main objectives of the Sustainable Sourcing of Vegetables project are to ensure transparency in supply chain, respect of ethical standards and implementation activities that help enhance biodiversity in and around farmland, improve soil health, optimise water use, reduce GHG emissions and energy consumption and minimise impacts from nutrients, agrochemicals and waste.


Matthias Knüver

Global Nature Fund
+49 228 184 86 94 12