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Nestlé Suisse SA


Contact personChristian Mueller

Nestlé produces a wide range of baby food, breakfast, culinary, confectionary, pet food and beverage products. Europe is a very important market with hundred Nestlé factories sourcing agricultural raw materials equal the value of CHF 2.5 Bn. The great majority of raw materials are grown in Europe. For strategic categories e.g. dairy, coffee, cocoa and baby food, Nestlé operates the so-called Farmer Connect, in which raw materials are directly bought at farm or cooperative level. Globally, 700 agronomists/ sourcing specialists and 6 K support staff ensure the supply of raw materials to factories. The advantages of Farmer Connect, segregated supply chain with traceability up the farm or even field level.

To ensure quality of the produce and good agricultural practices, Nestlé train annually around 430 K farmers through the Nestlé Sustainable Agricultural Initiative and more recently through its Agripreneurship program. Lead farmers or so-called agripreneurs are offered a fast track to development. Agripreneurs are Nestlé’s ambassadors in farmer communities that spearhead farm transformation and technology innovation. They are the first to embark on new carbon sequestration approaches, certification and assurance schemes. Agripreneurs lead with pride and

encourage other to follow suit. To make agripreneurship happen, Nestlé foster conducive collaborative ecosystems, enabling local innovation in partnership with farmers, NGOs, consultancy firms, industry players and governmental entities.

In Switzerland, the country of origin of the company, Nestlé Suisse accounts for over 10’000 employees & 11 local production sites. Moreover, the company’s home market also hosts important company research institutes such as PTC Konolfingen as well as the newly founded sustainable packaging institute in Lausanne. Nestlé Suisse is widely recognized among the company as an innovative pilot market thanks to its proximity to the corporate entities & research, the countries favourable framework conditions related to innovation as well as its close public private cooperations, particularly in the field of sustainability & agriculture.

WP1: in T1.2, we will support the baseline of climate performance. In T1.3, contribute to knowledge exchange, mainly where our own supply chain is concerned. In T1.4, we further will contribute to complementing the knowledge reservoir and the systemic solutions developed at sourcing district scale.

WP3: in T3.1, we will support our local partner organisation in piloting solutions towards climate neutrality on Lead Commercial Farms and in T3.3 the evaluation of the impact. Finally, in T3.3 we will participate in peer-to-peer learning activities from Lead Commercial Farms to Replication/Outreach farms.

WP4: in T4.1, contribution to develop and validate systemic scaling approaches. In T4.2, we also will be working on the business models for our local sourcing district transformation. In T4.3, further we will evaluate the carbon reduction and removal platform.