Nestlé accelerates move towards supply chain transparency

Nestlé plans to disclose information about the suppliers of its 15 most important raw materials, accounting for 95% of its annual sourcing of commodities. This initiative is aligned with the Swiss food giant’s commitment to achieving full supply chain transparency as quickly as possible.

“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,” states Magdi Batato, Executive Vice President and Head of Operations at Nestlé.

Following the company’s public disclosure of its palm oil and pulp & paper supply chains in 2018, it now plans to release supply chain information for soya (see photo) and meat (beef, pork, veal, lamb/mutton) as well as hazelnuts and vanilla.

More commodity information from mid-2019

From mid-2019 onwards, the company will publish information about even more of its priority commodities including seafood, coconut, vegetables, spices, coffee, cocoa, dairy, poultry, eggs, cereals and sugar, according to Batato. The data includes a list of direct (tier 1) suppliers, upstream locations and countries of origin as well as the total volume sourced for each commodity.