Nestlé's positive environmental and social impact: CO2 emissions down 16% over past ten years, water withdrawal down 28%

Monday, 03. March 2008 17:34
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Vevey, 3 March 2008 - At a joint Nestlé-UN Global Compact event in
New York, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé, today
presented the company's first Creating Shared Value report, including
new figures on the impact of its business activities on the
environment and society across the world. In 2007, Nestlé reduced its
direct greenhouse gas emissions by 16% compared to ten years ago, and
its overall water withdrawal by 28%, while at the same time
increasing the total volume of goods produced by 76%. In 2007, Nestlé
invested over CHF 100 million in environment-related industrial
improvements, as well as around CHF 170 million in new production
facilities in Brazil, Pakistan and China. The company also continued
to provide free technical assistance to over 600,000 farmers in the
developing world, including CHF 30 million in micro-credits.
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé: "Creating Shared
Value means thinking long term while at the same time delivering
strong annual results. One of the fundamental Nestlé Corporate
Business Principles is that we will not sacrifice long-term
development for short-term gain. This enables us to deliver the
Nestlé model - 5-6% organic growth together with an EBIT margin
improvement in constant currencies - year after year, while at the
same time improving our environmental and social performance, thereby
having a positive impact on millions of people across the world."
The report, which was reviewed for accuracy by Bureau Veritas, is an
integral part of Nestlé's business reporting. It contains a number of
detailed figures which have become available as a result of the
continued development of GLOBE, Nestlé's worldwide management
information system, and are now made public for the first time.
Indeed, GLOBE will supply increasing amounts of information about
Nestlé over the coming years, allowing the company to provide
progressively more quantitative information about its activities in
local communities everywhere. The full text of the report in English,
French, German and Spanish, as well as supporting video material, is
available at

Media: François-Xavier Perroud Tel.: +41-21-924 2596
Investors: Roddy Child-Villiers Tel.: +41-21-924 3622

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