To us, responsible sourcing means paying attention to critical social, environmental, economic and animal welfare issues when obtaining raw ingredients. Our goal in responsible sourcing is to ensure that our products do not result in harmful practices such as deforestation, and to ensure that human rights are respected.
To achieve our goals, all upstream suppliers and third parties that we are in business with must adhere to the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Standard (RSS), which provides a clear set of requirements that enable us to minimise our environmental footprint and safeguard the planet’s resources, while creating a sustainable long-term supply of raw ingredients.
As per the requirements of the RSS, all our suppliers are assessed via the global Suppliers Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) platform. SEDEX provides information related to labour practices, health and safety, environmental impact and business impact by which potential suppliers can be evaluated.
Nestlé Cocoa Plan
Nestlé Cocoa Plan was implemented to enhance the livelihoods of cocoa-growing communities in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, by addressing prevalent challenges such as low incomes for farmers, as well as preventing child labour and gender inequality. We provide resources for farmers within our cocoa supply chain to manage their farms in a sustainable manner. By incorporating best practices, the farmers can harvest top quality sustainable cocoa, which is used in Nestlé confectionery products, including Kit Kat bars.
In Malaysia, we use 100% sustainably sourced cocoa in our Kit Kat products manufactured at our Chembong factory in Negeri Sembilan. We also export our sustainable and locally produced Kit Kat products to regional markets, such as Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar.
Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality Programme
Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality Programme in collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance is designed and implemented specifically for Nespresso to ethically source the highest quality coffee beans. It also aims to establish long-term and direct relationships with coffee farmers from coffee growing regions around the world, to instil sustainable farming methods that enhance yields and quality of coffee beans as well as improving the livelihoods of farmers. To date, the programme has been implemented in 14 countries, working with over 100,000 farmers.
Since its launch in 2016, all Nespresso coffee sold in Malaysia has been sourced from the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality Programme.