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Consumer Staples
Vevey, Switzerland
Brands and Associated Companies:
Nescafe, Kit Kat, Perrier, Milo
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Nestlé is positively and strategically engaged with climate and energy policy, primarily in both Europe. However, the company retains memberships in several industry associations that continue to lobby in opposition to Paris-aligned climate policy.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: In its 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. CEO Mark Schneider stated clearly support for the Paris Agreement in February 2021. The company has signed on to multiple joint statements supporting a green recovery from COVID-19, such as the UN Global Compact statement in May 2020. Nestlé has also consistently called for carbon pricing in the United States, as evidenced in its Net Zero Roadmap report published in February 2021, as well as its participation in Ceres' Lead on Carbon Pricing initiative in May 2019, through which it advocated for] a price on carbon in meetings with US policymakers.

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. 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, the company also supported raising the ambition of the EU’s 2030 Climate Target] to 55% emissions reductions in December 2020.

Previously, in August 2019, Nestlé signed onto a Ceres BICEP submission to the US Council on Environmental Quality opposing reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act that would significantly hinder GHG emissions accounting measures. In 2018, Nestlé directly opposed the repeal of the Clean Power Plan in the US and advocated for more ambitious GHG emissions standards for trucks in the EU.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Nestlé appears to have a positive position on the transition of the energy mix. 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 does not appear to have a centralized and comprehensive disclosure of its industry association memberships and has not published a formal review of its alignment with its industry associations. Nestlé’s current disclosure omits key 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.