Nestlé S.A. : Nespresso launches major new sustainability initiatives in Africa and Latin America

   Nestlé S.A. : Nespresso launches major new sustainability initiatives in
                           Africa and Latin America

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Nespresso has unveiled a series of major new socio-economic and environmental
initiatives to mark the tenth anniversary of its AAA Sustainable Quality
Program at the inaugural meeting of its newly-formed sustainability advisory
board in Switzerland.

The advisory board, comprised of thought-leaders and sustainability experts
including Harriet Lamb, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fairtrade
International; Tensie Whelan, President of the Rainforest Alliance; Auret Van
Heerden, President and CEO of the Fair Labor Association; and George Clooney,
actor and Nespresso brand ambassador, will provide recommendations to enhance
the company's long-term sustainability strategy.

The aim is build on the success of the company's AAA Program, developed ten
years ago in co-operation with the Rainforest Alliance to secure the highest
quality coffee while improving sustainable farming practices and enhancing
farmer welfare.

By the end of 2012, Nespresso was sourcing almost 70% of its coffee from more
than 52,000 farmers who are part of the programme and aims to increase this to
80% by the end of 2013.

Advancing efforts
"As we mark ten years of the AAA Program, I am proud to have the opportunity
to work with renowned leaders in environmental and social sustainability to
strengthen our programmes and develop new initiatives to create shared value
for coffee farmers," said Jean-Marc Duvoisin, Chief Executive Officer of
Nespresso, at the event.

"Their insight and independent perspectives will help advance our
sustainability efforts and will ensure we remain focused on initiatives that
will have a positive overall impact on the environment and social aspects of
our value chain."

At the board meeting in the city of Lausanne, Nespresso announced several new
initiatives to support the economic and environmental sustainability of
coffee-farming communities in Africa and Latin America from where it sources
some of its 'Grands Crus'.

The company said it would extend its AAA Program to smallholder farmers in
Ethiopia and Kenya with the aim of doubling the amount of coffee it sources
from the two countries to 10,000 tonnes by 2020.

Nespresso will partner with local governments and non-profit organisation
TechnoServe to improve coffee sustainability at farm level, while launching
social development programmes to support the welfare of farmers, their
families and the wider community.

The company also announced plans to revive coffee production in South Sudan
through a partnership with TechnoServe that is expected to benefit thousands
of smallholder farmers.

In Latin America, Nespresso will build on its existing AAA Program initiatives
in Colombia by launching a pilot programme in partnership with Fairtrade
International to better support farmers and their families.

The 'AAA Farmer Future Program' will introduce welfare provisions, including
health and accident insurance and retirement planning.

At the event, Nespresso confirmed it will continue to work towards bringing
all its coffee farmers into the AAA Program, as well as increasing the number
of farmers who obtain Rainforest Alliance certification.

The company will expand the 'agro-forestry' element of the AAA Program, in
collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance and conservation organisation Pur

The aim is to help farmers to increase their investment in harvestable trees
or shrubs that can be grown among or around coffee crops as a means of
preserving or enhancing the productivity of the land.

Related information:
Nespresso corporate website

Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality Program

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