Nestle strives for Sustainable Development Goals as 2 missions aligned

10:00:43 AM | 31/7/2020

That is the statement of the Director of Nestle Vietnam Binu Jacob on the first recent meeting with media on his new term in Vietnam. He said he paid much attention to sustainable development and spent 1/3 his time in discussion for sustainable development as it is Nestle’s value and vision. Nestle Vietnam is happy to work with Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) as 2 missions are aligned.

An interview of Vietnam Business Forum with  the Director of Nestle Vietnam Binu Jacob on Nestle’s sustainable values and the contribution of the Director to business community on his newly apointed position as Co-chair of  The Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD). Thu Huyen reports.  

Sustainable development is purpose and values of Nestle. In newly appointed position as VBCSD Co-chair, how you will lead VBCSD in general and Nestle in particular to promote sustainable development in Vietnam?

VBCSD under VCCI is among the most reputable organizations in Vietnam. It has demonstrated its active role in encouraging business community to participate and contribute to sustainable development of the country.

It has been of great pleasure and honor to me and Nestlé Vietnam to have a chance to collaborate with VBCSD members, to share and learn our best practices together and to broaden our contribution to such meaningful journey.

As you know, Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company with more than 2000 brands ranging from global icons to local favorites and are present in 187 countries worldwide. Our purpose is to enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. We believe that our company can only be successful in the long term by creating value both for our shareholders and for society. Sustainability is our globally commitment and top priority. We focus our work on the three interconnected impact areas of tackling climate change; shaping a waste-free future, and Promoting gender balance.

Climate change is now becoming a very hot topic globally that companies like Nestle should be doing. In Vietnam, 100% our factories achieved Zero Waste to Landfills since 2017. We adopted renewable energy which contributes to a reduction of 60% CO2 emission in comparation with past 10 years. The Beans to Brick model is one of our success stories where we turn coffee grounds into biomass and unburnt bricks for commercial and residential buildings. In Tri An Factory, 60% water used in coffee production is treated and reused with a standard. We have provided some 230,000 sustainable coffee cultivation training sessions to the NESCAFÉ Plan farmers in 5 provinces in the Central Highlands which led to the reduction of 30% fertilizers usage and saving of 40% water usage in coffee plantation. We are also working with the World Bank and other stakeholders in 2030 Water Resource Group.

The second ambition of Nestle is on waste-free future. It is not only about producing packaging that is recyclable, but how can take back the waste so that it doesn't end up in landfill.  We are taking leadership in reducing the environmental impact of our products and have committed to make 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. In 2019, Nestlé Group launched our Institute of Packaging Sciences, dedicated to the discovery and development of functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions. In Vietnam, Nestlé Vietnam and La Vie are among founding companies to establish Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam, a social organization to tackle with plastics waste.

We have been the first ever company who adopted paper straws for our Ready-To-Drink products in Vietnam. The adoption of paper straws for first two products are MILO Breakfast and Nesvita will help reduce more than 10 tons of plastics per year.

We also partnered with mGreen, a social enterprise/mobile app developer, to implement a waste collection and segregation project at schools and residential buildings in HCMC. The project has been implemented in two years in 4 primary and secondary schools with participation of 10,000 school students, teachers and parents.

Besides the issues of climate change and waste free, Nestle also pay much attention to promotes gender balance. It is a key component of Nestlé’s approach to diversity and inclusion. In Vietnam, we have made significant progress in recent years with more than 50% of senior managerial positions now held by women.

We have partnered with Vietnam Women Union to implement Chi Nest project to provide nutritional knowledge and to improve income for rural women. Through the NESCAFE Plan, we have empowered rural women to become farmer’s leaders who play an active role in promoting the sustainable coffee cultivation practices.

During 25 years operating in Vietnam, Nestlé Vietnam has continuously and consistently delivered our commitments to contribute to sustainable and inclusive development for Vietnam. We are proud to be in Top 10 Sustainable Business and Top 100 biggest corporate taxpayers in Vietnam for many years in a row.

The ambition of the Vietnam government on sustainable development was a really true. I strong believe that commitments and efforts from all VBCSD members together with the leadership of VCCI, we will be more successful and enable specific goals in the National Action Plan to implement the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. The Global Goals can only be met if we work together. Together, we will shape the future of sustainable development.

Nestlé Vietnam and La Vie Ltd., have joined forces to shape up “a zero-waste future”, aiming at fighting climate change Vietnam and in other parts of the world, so what have you been doing to achieve such goal?

At global level, we are taking the lead in reducing the environmental impacts of our products and committed to make 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

In Vietnam, 100% of our factories achieved Zero Waste to Landfills in 2017. In Dec 2019, we eliminated 100% single use plastics at all Nestlé Vietnam sites.

Nestlé Vietnam and La Vie are among founding companies to establish Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam, a social organization to support the growth of a strong, resilient domestic packaging collection and recycling ecosystem.

We have been the first ever company who adopted paper straws for our Ready-To-Drink products in Vietnam. The adoption of paper straws for first two products are MILO Breakfast and Nesvita will help reduce more than 10 tons of plastics per year.

We also partnered with mGreen, a social enterprise/mobile app developer, to implement a waste collection and segregation project at schools and residential buildings in HCMC. The project has been implemented in two years in 4 primary and secondary schools with participation of 10,000 school students, teachers and parents.

In the face of global challenges from COVID-19 pandemic, what are Nestlé Vietnam’s efforts on sustainability to help the economy recover quickly?

While continuing to offer high quality and nutritious food and beverage products to Vietnamese consumers, we remain committed to our sustainability development goals despite the challenges of COVID-19

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, among Nestlé’s priority has been giving a helping hand to its business partners and communities. We supported 22,000 small out-of-home business partners who have been hard-hit by COVID-19 with free Nestlé products worth VND22 billion.

We have been working closely with VBCSD and have engaged in various platforms to share our experiences relating to COVID-19 fighting with other stakeholders as well as our achievements towards sustainability goals with the media and business communities.

Source: Vietnam Business Forum