Our commitment: Assess and optimise the environmental impact of our products
We assess and improve our products from development to disposal. This gives us a clear understanding of their ‘lives’ or life cycles. Our life-cycle assessments (LCAs) enable us to focus on minimising our environmental impact across our products’ lives.
The LCAs inform our decision-making, helping us to improve our environmental performance while responding to stakeholder concerns and providing us with credible evidence to support specific marketing claims.
Our 2020 objectives
By 2017: Further enlarge the scope of our database on agricultural raw materials used in EcodEX.
By 2017: Identify or update and address the sustainability hotspots for 15 product categories.
By 2020: Identify, update and address the sustainability hotspots for 20 product categories.
Identifying and addressing environmental hotspots
We share the data produced by our environmental assessments internally through the Nestlé Category Sustainability Profiles. The profiles summarise areas of significant environmental impact (or ‘hotspots’), and what we are doing to improve performance. In 2016, we published Nestlé Category Sustainability Profiles for 19 categories, including instant coffee, ice cream and pet food.
Sustainability by design
Our ecodesign tool (EcodEX), which enables our product development teams to assess environmental performance faster and much earlier in the design process, has now been deployed across our entire R&D organisation. We share the data produced by the LCAs internally through the Nestlé Category Sustainability Profiles, which summarise areas of significant environmental impact (or ‘hotspots’) and highlight what we are doing to improve performance across the value chain. By the end of 2016, we evaluated 6641 projects and 19 297 scenarios using ecodesign tools.
Promoting access to data
We work with external organisations to further develop the databases behind EcodEX, particularly for raw materials. In 2016, we added 50 EcodEX datasets to these databases. Internally, experts from our Sustainability by Design Networks continually seek ways to build sustainability into the earliest phase of product development.
We are actively involved in the European Union’s Product Environmental Footprint (EU PEF) pilot initiative and participate in its steering committee as well as in the packed water, coffee and pet food pilots. We continue to support the development of the World Food LCA Database for the food sector at large to benefit from sound and reliable datasets and we welcome its inclusion in EU PEF-compliant studies.