Doing Better By The Environment
A Nestlé case study

Page 1: Introduction

The environment is a key subject that affects us all. Protection of the environment and the move towards sustainable development remains a responsibility that must be shared between the public, governments and the private sector. Following years of work on environmental issues dating back to the 30's, in 1996 the Nestlé Environmental Management System (NEMS) was introduced which...
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Page 2: Sustainable Development

The latter part of the twentieth century saw an increasing concern for the environment. The concept of sustainable development (as defined by the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987) is: "evelopment that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." There are many views about the nature of...
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Page 3: Rio And After

By the early 1990s there was considerable pressure for governments to create agreements concerning the environment and its protection. In 1992 the United Nations Conference on Environmental and Development (UNCED) was held in Rio de Janeiro. The main outcome of the conference was Agenda 21, which marked an important landmark in the sustainable development fight, and inter country...
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Page 4: The Sustainable Business

The concept and support for, sustainable development is growing. Many businesses have integrated a strategy of sustainability (taking into account its 3 main aspects - economic, environment, social). It makes good business sense for companies to be environmentally friendly as improved efficiency in manufacturing in turn leads to a more efficient use of natural resources. Operating efficiently...
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Page 5: Nestle As A Sustainable Business

As the world's largest food company, Nestlé S.A. is dedicated to providing consumers with the best food throughout their lives. The primary role of the Company is the transformation of natural resources into finished products that meet consumers's expectations for safety, quality, convenience and value. Naturally, Nestlé is committed to sustainable development and environmentally...
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Page 6: Progress To Date - An Example From Nestle uk

In the UK a series of surveys at all Nestlé UK locations formed the basis for a programme of continuous improvement. Action plans were developed for each Nestlé UK site, including capital expenditure plans for environmental protection.
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Page 7: Nestle´s Environmental Management System

NEMS is an organisational tool at the heart of Nestlé's programme for the environment, and sets the framework for all measures applied. The NEMS objectives include: To provide a systematic approach that ensures compliance with Nestlé's environmental policy, relevant laws and Nestlé's operational standards. To ensure the continuous improvement of Nestlé's...
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Page 8: Ways In Which Nestle Is Doing Better By The Environment

Nestlé UK's commitment to sustainable business practice is illustrated by two business examples of areas where improvements are being made: Packaging Packaging is essential to maintain the high quality of the products. Nestlé continuously reviews packaging and, where possible, reduces the amount used. This results in saving on materials such as glass and plastics. Nestlé...
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Page 9: Conclusion

World governments are increasingly realising their responsibility to develop and implement shared solutions to global environmental issues. At the same time responsible businesses like Nestlé S.A. are taking on a leadership role. This should drive forward changes in policy and practice which will help us all to enjoy a sustainable future.
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