First in food: Nestlé leads industry in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Sep 14, 2016


A UK confectionery factory that turns waste into renewable energy. Just one example of the kind of work that has helped Nestlé become food industry No.1 in the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).

The DJSI is a globally recognised independent benchmark that measures the performance of the largest 2,500 global companies across three dimensions: Economic, Environmental and Social.

With an overall score of 92 out of 100 (pdf, 570 Kb), Nestlé received industry-best scores in all three dimensions. The index praised the company for the ‘outstanding steps’ it has taken to embed human rights into supplier management policies, as well as its industry leadership in health and nutrition.

Awarding Nestlé an Environmental score of 100, the index recognised the company’s commitment to ensuring that its products and process are as environmentally and socially friendly as possible.

For instance, Nestlé is committed to achieving water efficiency and sustainability across its operations.

In Switzerland Nestlé recently partnered with local farmers to open the country’s largest agriculture biogas plant, which uses manure from cattle to generate green energy for its Henniez bottled water factory and the Swiss power grid.

The UK provides another example of new, more sustainable production processes. An anaerobic digestion system at Nestlé's Fawdon factory turns chocolate and sugar confectionery waste from the site’s manufacturing processes into renewable energy and clean water.

Read more on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index website.

Read more about Nestlé’s commitments in the UK and Ireland in five key areas: development and responsible sourcing; water; people, human rights and compliance; environmental sustainability; and nutrition, health and wellness.