Environmental dialogue

environmental dialogue

Environmental dialogue

What is the issue?

Consumers have the power to bring about positive environmental change through the products they buy and how they use them. For this to happen, businesses need to share information with consumers openly so that they can make informed decisions.

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Why is it important?

As a major food and drink manufacturer, Nestlé touches the lives of millions of consumers every day. By sharing environmental information about our products, and raising awareness of environmental issues through strategic partnerships, we can make a major impact on consumers’ environmental behaviour.

Nestlé has been one of our key supporters across the wide range of charitable initiatives here at IGD, especially in consideration of environmental issues. The company has been a leading contributor to IGD’s supply chain waste target playing an active part since the launch in 2015 in addition to working on IGD’s ECR Product & Packaging Waste Initiative.
Tarun Patel, Director of Supply Chain, IGD


  • In progress
  • By 2016 – (globally) Provide fact-based environmental information accessible to consumers in all countries, enabling them to make informed choices and improve their own environmental impacts.

Informed consumers who take a more active role in protecting the environment.


Strategic partnerships with education providers, government and NGOs.

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What are we doing about it?

To promote environmental dialogue in the UK and help encourage more sustainable behaviour among consumers, we have joined a number of strategic partnerships with government bodies, charities and other industry groups, such as our involvement with the Business in the Community (BITC) Task Force which brings together the water industry, interested businesses and key stakeholders to explore the issues and opportunities around providing high quality, affordable, and sustainable solutions.

Through these partnerships we have launched a number of initiatives in 2015, including educational toolkits for schools and campaigns to raise awareness of recycling and the importance of the natural environment.

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Encouraging consumers to recycle plastics

We know that our consumers are keen to recycle more. However, plastic recycling is an area that is often misunderstood, with many consumers confused about which plastics can be recycled, or unaware that plastic packaging can be recycled at all.

To help address the issue, we supported Pledge4Plastics, a national initiative launched by Recoup, the UK members-based plastics recycling organisation. The aim of Pledge4Plastics is to raise consumer awareness of the need to recycle plastic packaging, and to give them a better understanding of which plastics can be recycled through local authority collection services.


All of Nestlé Waters’ Buxton Water bottles are 100% recyclable.

Recycling toolkit for schools

Alongside this, Nestlé Waters UK has been working to encourage plastic recycling as part of the Plastics Please collaboration. In partnership with Recoup and Waste Busters, the company has helped to develop a recycling educational toolkit for schools in the UK.

All of Nestlé Waters’ Buxton Water bottles are 100% recyclable, and carry recycling advice for consumers.

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Get better with nature

In September 2015, Nestlé Waters announced the launch of Get Better With Nature, a national campaign developed in partnership with The Wildlife Trusts. Get Better with Nature aims to educate children and adults of all ages about the benefits that nature can bring to our everyday lives, as well as promoting conservation in local communities. The campaign is due to roll-out across the UK following a successful pilot in Buxton, Derbyshire.

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What’s next?

Two of our main future objectives in this area involve engaging our own employees. By 2017, we plan to set up a volunteering programme accessible to all employees, as part of our responsible sourcing engagement programme. We also plan to establish a food waste programme at each of our sites by 2018.