Nestlé

InfluenceMap Score
B
Performance Band
85%
Organisation Score
65%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Consumer Staples
Head​quarters:
Vevey, Switzerland
Brands and Associated Companies:
Nescafe, Kit Kat, Perrier, Milo
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Nestlé is positively and actively engaged with climate and energy policy, primarily in Europe. The company retains memberships in several industry associations lobbying with mixed positions on climate policy.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Nestlé appears to have positive top-line communications on climate change. In July 2022, Mark Schneider wrote a joint statement for the Financial Times with Unilever CEO Alan Jope where they acknowledged the role that agriculture and the land use sector plays in driving the climate crisis, in addition to stating support for reducing emissions whilst calling for greater efforts for the land-use sector to reduce emissions. Creating Shared Value and Sustainability Report released in March 2021, Nestlé stated support for global emissions reductions and ambitious climate policy in line with IPCC recommendations. The company has consistently called for carbon pricing in the United States, as evidenced in its Net Zero Roadmap report published in February 2021, Nestlé has also signed multiple joint letters supporting the Paris Agreement, such as a January 2021 C2ES letter supporting the US decision to rejoin, with CEO Mark Schneider reiterating support for the Agreement in February 2021.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Though its activity appears more limited in recent years, Nestlé engages with positive positions on climate policies in both the EU and the US. In October 2021, Nestlé joined a small group of companies in a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer supporting robust climate provisions in the Build Back Better Act. Through a joint letter in March 2020, the company expressed support for Virginia’s decision] to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative emissions trading scheme. In July 2020, a joint letter to US Congress signed by Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider advocated for measures to support renewable energy uptake, energy efficiency, and other climate policies as part of the federal COVID-19 stimulus package. Through a joint Corporate Leaders Group letter in December 2020, the company also supported raising the ambition of the EU’s 2030 Climate Target to 55% emissions reductions in December 2020.

Nestle appears to support policy for climate policy in the land-use sector, although in recent years it has been more focussed on these issues in the context of its own operations. Nestle supports a transition in diets towards more plant-based foods, in 2020 it responded to the EU Farm to Fork consultation, advocating for dietary guidelines to include sustainability criteria and the promotion of the consumption of plant-based proteins. In 2021 it stated general support for the EU to introduce a sustainable food system policy, although it did not explicitly support the most ambitious policy proposed, adding caveats to its support. Nestle appears to support regenerative agriculture, although InfluenceMap has not found evidence of it directly engaging with policy makers. In July 2022 the CEO stated support for legislating for regenerative agriculture, arguing that this should be done with special consideration for local and indigenous people.
Nestle appears to engage positively with legislation around deforestation. In 2020 it responded to an EU public consultations on “reducing the impact of products placed on the EU Market”, stating support for the introduction of a legal framework to effect change.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Nestlé appears to have a positive position on the transition of the energy mix, evident primarily through joint letters. For example, a We Mean Business letter in April 2021 advocated for sustainable infrastructure and zero-emissions vehicles and buildings, among other policy measures, to advance decarbonization in the US. A joint letter coordinated by US NGOs and signed by Nestlé in July 2020 called for various measures to transition the US energy mix, including policy to support the electrification of transportation. In 2019, as part of joint efforts with Corporate Leaders Group UK and the US Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, Nestlé advocated for policy measures to support the transition of the energy mix in the UK and the US, respectively.

Industry Association Governance: Nestlé has a centralized and comprehensive disclosure of its industry association memberships, although it has not published a formal review of its alignment with its industry associations and does not detail the companies role within its trade associations. Nestlé’s 2021 CDP disclosure on industry associations omits certain groups like the European Round Table for Industry (ERT), which is engaging on EU policy with mixed but increasingly positive positions. External evidence suggests the company is also a member of multiple industry groups with mixed positions on climate policy, including the Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain and the Kansai Economic Federation in Japan.

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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.