Nestle reveals nutrition and corporate responsibility goals

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VEVEY, SWITZERLAND — Providing portion guidance on all children’s and family products as well as reducing water use and greenhouse gas emissions are just a few of the 30 goals Nestle is striving to achieve in coming years in the areas of nutrition, water, rural development, sustainability and compliance.

“We are announcing a set of forward-looking, measurable commitments to society and on environmental sustainability,” said Paul Bulcke, chief executive officer. “Our focus on these areas is not new. We have been measuring our performance and reporting on our progress for many years. What is new is that we are sharing the commitments we have made externally. We believe that by setting ourselves tangible, short-germ goals for which we can be held accountable, rather than long-term aspirations, we can really make an impact.”

The company said its specific nutrition, water, rural development, sustainability and compliance goals include the following:

• Make sure 100% of children’s products meet all Nestle Nutritional Foundation criteria for children by 2014.
• Provide 200 billion servings of micronutrient fortification by 2016 to reduce the risk of under-nutrition. By 2015 the company plans to launch biofortified products in key markets as a complement to direct fortification.
• Have all children’s products meet the Nestle Nutritional Foundation sodium criteria by 2014 and by 2015 further reduce sodium by 10% in relevant products.
• Have 100% of children’s products meet the Nestle Nutritional Foundation criteria for sugar by 2014 and by 2015 have less than 9 grams of total sugars in any serving of children’s or teenagers’ cereals.
• Have 100% of children’s products meet the Nestle Nutritional Foundation criteria for saturated fats by 2014.
• Apply Nestle policy on trans fats to all products by 2013.
• Have more whole grain than any other ingredient in any serving of children’s or teenagers’ breakfast cereals by 2015 as well as have a cooking lesson program in 30 countries.
• Provide more product information and nutrition advice through QR codes on-pack.
• Have all products contain relevant guideline daily amount labeling on the front of pack by 2016 and introduce guideline daily amounts based on children’s reference values on all products designed for children where regulations allow.
• Provide portion guidance on all children’s and family products by 2015 and have the Nestle Healthy Kids Program in 80 countries.
• Implement a fact-based healthy hydration awareness program globally by 2014.
• By 2015 have baseline assessments in place in 21 emerging economies of importance that show significant social need.
• Continue rolling-out the Nestle Coca Plan and roll-out child labor monitoring and remediation to additional crops, as well as build and refurbish schools. The goal is to enable farmers to run profitable farms, eliminate child labor and develop a sustainable supply chain for cocoa.
• Focus on sustainable consumption, production and manufacturing of coffee by sourcing from Farmer Connect.
• Implement responsible sourcing and traceability initiatives by completing 10,000 responsible sourcing audits by 2015.
• Only use sustainable palm oil by 2013.
• Reduce direct water withdraw per tonne of product by 40% versus 2005 by 2015.
• Achieve 10% of Nestle factors at zero waste by 2015.
• Transition to a broad and holistic value chain approach.
• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions per tonne of product by 35% versus 2005 by 2015.
• Roll-out responsible sourcing guidelines for milk, coffee and cocoa.
• Train employees in human rights impacts.
• Continue in action plans to ensure elimination of child labor.

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