Rural Development and Responsible Sourcing

Globally, Nestlé relies on hundreds of thousands of farmers around the world to supply us with the agricultural raw materials we need to make our products.

These farmers are essential for the ongoing success of our business, so it is in our interest to support the sustainable development of their businesses, and the rural areas where they work.


By supporting our farmers and local communities, we can help rural livelihoods and communities to grow.


Sustainable farming practices can continue to supply us with the quality ingredients we need for our products.

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Nestlé Cocoa Plan

We are the first major confectionery company in the UK & Ireland to use 100% certified sustainably sourced cocoa for our entire chocolate and biscuits range.
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All of our chocolate, confectionery and biscuits use 100% certified sustainable cocoa.

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Nescafé Plan

Through our Nescafé Plan we sourced 225,600 tonnes of green coffee through Farmer Connect, which supports the long-term sustainability of coffee farmers.

“Today, working collectively, things are a lot better for me and all the other farmers in N’Douci.”
Leon Kouadio Aka Ivorian cocoa farmer

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Supporting UK dairy farming

In the UK, we have developed the Milk Plan to improve the sustainability of dairy farming in Cumbria, Ayrshire and Wigtownshire.



approximate number of smallholder farmers in Nestlé’s global supply chain.



number of high-yielding coffee trees Nescafé has committed to distributing by 2020.

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100% of our palm oil bought and used in the UK & Ireland is verified as responsibly sourced and coming from a fully segregated supply chain.

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