SWITZERLAND – The food and drink giant, Nestle has announced that it would disclose a list of suppliers and important data related to its fifteen priority commodities in a race to enhance transparency in its global supply chain.
The company has released information regarding the supply of soya, hazelnuts, vanilla and meat including beef, pork, veal, lamb/mutton, alongside a list their suppliers.
Nestle targets to reach full supply chain transparency given that the commodities cover 95% of its annual sourcing of raw materials.
The disclosure includes the list of direct suppliers, upstream locations and country of origins as well as total volume sourced for each commodity.
Efforts for a transparent supply chain
In a bid to further accelerate such initiatives, the firm said it will also publish supply chain information for other priority commodities including seafood, coconut, vegetables, spices, coffee, cocoa, dairy, poultry, eggs, cereals and sugar by mid-2019.
As consumers demand to know what is exactly in their food and where it comes from, Nestle is stepping up its efforts in ensuring they are provided with the exact information.
In 2018, Nestlé disclosed the supply chain information of palm oil, pulp and paper.
“Consumers want to know what is in their food and where it comes from.
Therefore, transparency in our supply chains is essential, and we will continue to lead in this area.
Following the public disclosure of our palm oil and pulp and paper supply chains last year, we are now pleased to release supply chain information for soya, meat (beef, pork, veal, lamb/mutton)1, hazelnuts and vanilla,” said Magdi Batato, Executive Vice President, Head of Operations, Nestlé.
Last year in September, the company became the first in the industry to use a high-tech satellite-based service to monitor its palm oil supply chains.
This was one step ahead in attaining its 2020 target of no deforestation in its entire cocoa supply chain.
Nestlé implemented Starling, a global verification system to provide constant unbiased monitoring of land cover changes and forest cover disturbances.
It should also be noted that Nestle was suspended from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in June 2018, for breaching its code of conduct.