Nespresso Voted World’s Most Sustainable Coffee Company


MONTREAL — Nespresso has been voted the “Most Sustainable Company in the Coffee Processing Industry 2021” by the World Finance Magazine.

The award recognizes Nespresso’s 30 years of work and commitment to sustainability and environmental protection. “In particular, the jury acknowledged Nespresso’s alignment with the Paris Agreement, its contribution to 11 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), its holistic-sustainability approach and its roadmap towards carbon neutrality and circularity,” explains Monika Wojcik, head of Special Projects at World Finance Magazine

The judging panel also acknowledged Nespresso’s partnership with the Rainforest Alliance to create the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality Program. The company’s unique coffee-sourcing model, leading role in the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative and its capsule recycling ambitions were all influential in the judge’s decision, among many other initiatives. 

“Sustainability is at the heart of what we do. I’m proud of the achievements we have already made in scaling sustainable coffee farming and recycling provision, in enabling industry-wide capsule recycling, in reducing the Nespresso carbon footprint per cup and in agroforestry efforts in the coffee-producing regions,” says Nespresso’s global head of Sustainability, Jérôme Perez. “Innovation and collective actions will help us accelerate in this decisive decade. Businesses must be part of the solutions and Nespresso will continue to focus on being a force for good to preserve the future of our planet and the lives of people.”

Nespresso has tangibly demonstrated landmark sustainability progress with the publication of its 2014-2020 Positive Cup sustainability strategy results. Through this initiative, Nespresso has invested $796 million in advancing the sustainability of its operations, from sustainable and certified coffee sourcing to carbon reduction and aluminum-capsule recycling. Some of the key outcomes achieved by the brand over the years include:

  • Results from the Positive Cup revealed more than 93 per cent of Nespresso coffee is now sourced sustainably through its AAA Sustainable Quality Program, up from 84 per cent in 2014, including 48 per cent certified coffee, up by nine points since 2014.
  • The company continues to drive innovative projects to help protect coffee farmer welfare, such as pioneering innovative retirement savings and crop-insurance schemes. Today, more than 2,000 coffee farmers in Colombia and 1,500 farmers in Indonesia have a pension-saving scheme in place. More than 4,700 coffee farmers in Colombia are enrolled in crop insurance, representing more than 15,000 hectares now insured.

For more than 25 years, Nespresso has played a key role in reducing residual materials across the country by implementing innovative recycling solutions. 

  • Nespresso reached a global recycling rate of 32 per cent at the end of 2020, up by 17 per cent since 2014. More than 90 per cent of its consumers worldwide have access to a convenient used capsule recycling solution.
  • Nespresso’s recycling efforts cover 59 countries, with dedicated recycling systems in 54 countries. The brand also shares its infrastructure with other capsule manufacturers in five countries. In 38 countries, Nespresso offers a ‘Recycling at Home’ option which allows consumers to have their used capsules collected from their place of residence.
  • Nespresso paved the way to create the first ever sustainable virgin aluminium standard, as a founding member of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI). ASI set the first ever global standards for sustainably, responsibly produced aluminium.

“As evidenced by our recycling solutions, Nespresso is committed to doing more to improve our sustainability impact,” says Julie Pomerleau, vice-president of marketing and corporate communications at Nespresso Canada. “We have set ambitious goals in the four areas where we can have the greatest positive impact as a company: coffee, aluminum, climate and our own business. We are committed to pursue our work.”

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