Sustainable packaging and product stewardship
Nestlé is focused on reducing the environmental impact of our packaging, whilst not compromising on the fundamentals of safety, quality and consumer acceptance.
In September 2000 we became a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) and are committed to the key Covenant principles of product stewardship. These commitments are consistent with Nestlé's worldwide and Oceania environment policies and our demonstrated efforts over the past decade to reduce packaging waste.
We integrate product stewardship into our business and report our performance and initiatives through our Australian Packaging Covenant Annual Report:
Our efforts are guided by the Nestlé Policy on Environmental Sustainability which commits us to a life cycle approach involving our partners from farm to consumer and beyond. We focus on water preservation, natural resources efficiency, biodiversity, conservation, air emissions reduction, climate change adaption, and zero waste. The Nestlé Environmental Policy on Environmental Sustainability reflects the goals of the APC and the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines (SPG).
To operationalise the principles of product stewardship and shared responsibility, our overarching packaging strategy comes together around three key components:
- Working with our employees to develop the right procedures, the right behaviours and the right skills
- Working with our consumers to encourage greater recycling and waste minimisation
- Working with our partners to ensure our suppliers are choosing the right materials.
Packaging plays a crucial role in, among other things, preventing food waste. When designing packaging we aim for performance and functionality, while optimising weight and volume.
To build environmental sustainability into our packaging, we systematically assess and optimise their environmental performance at the earliest stages of development or renovation. We use a simplified ecodesign tool based on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology. EcodEX covers the entire life cycle, from cradle (raw material production) to grave (end-of-life).