Nestle Sustainable Development

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Doing Better by the Environment
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: “development 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 sustainability. In its simplest form it is about ensuring a better quality of life for everyone, now and for future generations. To achieve this, sustainable development is concerned with achieving economic growth alongside the protection of the environment and also at the same time
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The key drivers for Nestlé’s worldwide environmental approach are: total compliance with all laws and regulations in all countries where it operates that Nestlé seeks to provide a leadership role - to establish the benchmark for good business practice by committing resources, both human and financial, to secure environmental targets, including: employing new technologies and processes measuring the costs and benefits to the business of its activities ensuring employees are aware of best practice. To be effective a programme of environmental improvement must be supported by practical management systems. Nestlé’s worldwide approach, therefore, has been to: set targets for environmental improvements monitor progress audit results review targets.

This case study examines the background to sustainable development, the environment and its protection. It also looks at how Nestlé S.A., the world’s leading food company, developed a policy and current business practices that reduce the company’s effect on the environment. Following years of work on environmental issues dating back to the 30’s, in 1996 the Nestlé Environmental Management System (NEMS) was introduced which consolidates all environmental measures taken by the Nestlé Group. NEMS is now used to ensure continuous improvement in Nestlé’s environmental performance covering all its business activities.

The sustainable
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