We are committed to protecting and enhancing natural capital by developing local approaches to reduce our environmental impacts and working with stakeholders to enhance biodiversity. We are developing biodiversity plans for all our UK and Ireland plants and intend to have them in place by 2015.
Biodiversity programmes across manufacturing sites
The UK’s butterfly populations are under pressure. So we decided to give them a helping hand. With the help of experts, we have planted wildflower meadows to provide a habitat for butterflies and other animals.
To ensure our biodiversity programmes are delivering the intended benefits to nature, we have brought in BMTrada, an independent specialist, to audit our sites. So far our Girvan, Fawdon and Tutbury sites have been verified as delivering biodiversity programmes. We plan to roll these audits out across all sites.
The creation of the wildflower meadow at Hatton (Nestlé Tutbury) in Derbyshire is an important part of the Dove Valley wildlife project. It further enhances the existing features on the adjacent Thistley Place Meadow Local Nature Reserve. By carrying out a weekly butterfly transect, it is possible to monitor the increase in individual numbers of butterflies species that such a project generates.
Ken Orpe, Derbyshire Recorder, Butterfly Conservation
Using nature on our sites
In 2013, we built a green wall at the entrance to our Tutbury site which is not only attractive for local residents but is creating an excellent new habitat for birds and insects.
The wall, which is 47 metres long and nearly four metres high, is made up of 11,300 plants with a built-in sustainable irrigation system. As well as providing a new home for wildlife, green walls also help reduce pollution in the air and offset carbon emissions.
A similar wall will also be developed at our Fawdon factory.
Increasing biodiversity along the supply chain
We are sharing the lessons we have learnt at our own sites along our supply chain, So far seven dairy farmers, who are part of the Nestlé First Milk Sustainability Partnership, have planted wildflower meadows on their land. This takes the total land dedicated to our biodiversity programme to nearly 65 acres. The farmers are from the group who supply our Girvan factory in Scotland with around 70 million litres of milk each year to be used in our milk chocolate.
"Without nature we cannot not exist but nature can exist with out us. Nature provides pollinators such as butterflies, bees and birds and they are integral to the food we grow. Their habitats are at risk which is why we are announcing this programme, to encourage biodiversity across not only our sites but also land belonging to our First Milk farmers. Over the next few years, we would like to work with more organisations, businesses and people across our entire supply chain to make this project truly national."
Inder Poonaji, Head of Sustainability Nestlé UK
Collaborative work on policy
As part of our commitment on natural capital, we are working with other companies to maximise the effectiveness of our activities. Globally, we are working to develop a better understanding of how to value the impact of our activities across the value chain. We are active members of the Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform which brings together companies concerned about the environment and focused on developing practical evidence, action and policy influence.