Nestlé USA Achieves Zero Waste to Landfill and pledges to reduce environmental impact

Nestlé USA released its second Creating Shared Value (CSV) report, which details the company’s progress against 27 commitments set in 2013 related to nutrition, health and wellness, environmental impact and water use, social impact, and responsible sourcing. Nestlé has added a new commitment to achieve zero waste to landfill status in all factories by 2020.

According to the report Nestlé reformulated 1,058 food and pet products to consider nutrition or consumer preferences — including reducing sodium, sugar and trans fats; increasing essential nutrients; and removing all artificial colors and flavors from its chocolate candy by the end of this year.

All Nestlé facilities in the USA are now zero waste to landfill; 12 Nestlé facilities achieved the status in 2014 and 25 facilities achieved the status this year. By April 2015, Nestlé had exceeded its global zero waste to landfill goal to achieve the status at 10 percent of its worldwide factories.

Nestlé’s onsite energy consumption from renewable resources increased by 24 percent from 2010 to 2014.

In terms of social commitments, the company plans to offer 14 weeks of paid leave for primary caregivers of newborns and the option to extend unpaid leave up to six months beginning January 1, 2016. By 2017, Nestlé expects to increase the number of apprenticeships to 136 and hire 1,000 paid interns and trainees.

As Nestlé approaches its 150th anniversary in 2016, Nestlé USA Chairman and CEO Paul Grimwood acknowledged there is still work to be done. In his introduction to the report, he says, “We are proud of our progress, but this is no time for complacency. We’re contemplating how we will continue to evolve and create shared value over the next 150 years.”