The positive cupIntroducing Nespresso's sustainability journey
At Nespresso, we believe that quality and sustainability go hand in hand – from the coffee cherry all the way through to our capsules. Moreover, because of our strict coffee selection process and our sourcing based on select terroirs, only a small amount of the coffee grown globally meets our specific taste and aroma profiles and our high standards of quality.
In order to provide our consumers with these premium coffees in the future, sustainability along the value chain is essential. Our sustainability strategy’s vision is to create a cup of coffee that has a positive impact on the world. This is The Positive Cup.
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We will sustainably source 100% of our permanent coffee range through the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program until 2020.
We will minimise the ecological impact of each cup of Nespresso coffee by reducing the company’s carbon footprint by up to 28% by 2020.
We will expand our capacity to collect used aluminium capsules to 100% wherever the company does business by 2020 and thereby increase recycling rates. We will expand our capacity to collect used aluminium capsules to 100% wherever the company does business by 2020. At the same time, we are continuing to work on using responsibly produced aluminium in accordance with ASI standards. Moreover, in offering the first coffee in capsules made using 80% recycled aluminium, we have reached a milestone in our commitment to sustainability. For us, sustainability is a path that we have been following consistently for years. That's why, by the end of 2021, all Original and Vertuo Line capsules will be produced using 80% recycled aluminium.
The Fairtrade Labeling Organisation International was founded in 1997. It works to develop standards for fair trade. The Fairtade label distinguishes products which have been manufactured according to distinct social, ecological and economic criteria
Together with Fairtrade International, Nespresso implemented the AAA Farmer Future Programs in Colombia.
The Rainforest Alliance was founded in 1987 as an international, not-for-profit NGO. It works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour.
In 2003, together with the Rainforest Alliance, Nespresso launched the Nespresso AAA Quality™ Program.
Der Grüne Punkt (The Green Dot) was founded in 1990 as the first dual system. The first system of its kind, it provides the nationwide collection of used sales packages and obtains raw materials from them for the closed-cycle economy. Today Der Grüne Punkt is a leading provider of take-back systems.
Nespresso has had their capsules licensed with Der Grüne Punkt voluntarily since 1993. Capsules can thus easily be disposed of through the Yellow Bag, Yellow Bin or at communal recycling centers. After recycling, the aluminium can be used for new products.
Sustainable Premium Coffee
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Recycling and Aluminium
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