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Launched in 2010, the NESCAFÉ Plan is a tangible effort of how we Create Shared Value (CSV) in the coffee sector for farmers, communities and our planet and our commitment to continuously support responsible and increasingly sustainable value chains.
It focuses on making coffee farming a more attractive activity for the present and future generations of coffee farmers, as well as improving the environmental footprint of both coffee farming and our own operations.
The key elements are supply chain transparency and traceability, and an independent and credible third-party process to check that the right social and environmental conditions are in place. We work with partners to monitor and track where our coffee comes from and work directly with our suppliers and farmers to improve sourcing practices.
All NESCAFÉ products labelled “Grown Respectfully” on pack do not contain necessarily 100% responsibly sourced coffee but they must have a high content of responsibly sourced coffee
4C is an independent verification system. It is the common code of conduct for the coffee community to ensure that voluntary sustainable standards are embedded in the coffee supply chain.
The 4C Code of Conduct is based on 10 unacceptable practices:
It is also comprised of a set of 27 principles covering economic, social and environmental topics.
There are different approaches to supporting farmers in their sustainability journey. Certification is one route and the sustainability standards developed around this can play a positive role in that journey. However, in view of our high volume and presence, certification alone is not capable to meet the scale and origin-availability that our business requires, particularly given that our ambition to use fully responsibly sourced coffee, all around the world.
The NESCAFÉ Plan has several components and responsible sourcing is just one element of it. Through the responsible sourcing programme, we want to ensure that farmers are following a set of practices and behaviours which are in line with our business principles and ethics.
The scope of the NESCAFÉ Plan goes beyond the responsible sourcing scheme or any certification or verification standard.
Nestlé believes child labour has no place in its supply chain and we are firmly committed to preventing and addressing child labour wherever it occurs in our supply chain. Tackling child labour is a shared responsibility. We are working with all stakeholders including verification bodies to address it.
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