The Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board (NSAB) brings together experts and thought leaders in sustainability – NGOs, academics, international organisations and our brand ambassador, George Clooney – to channel external advice on the role that private sector organisations can play in addressing societal challenges.

Founded in 2013, on the 10th anniversary of the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program the Board meets annually to discuss the challenges facing the industry and to offer advice to Nespresso on how to address them.

 

BALANCING INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL EXPERTISE

The NSAB plays an important role in supporting our ambition to be a sustainability leader in the coffee sector and ensures our internal strategy is always complemented – and challenged – by the perspectives gained through external consultation.  

 

“GOVERNANCE MEANS INTEGRATION OF SUSTAINABILITY INTO OUR BUSINESS BUT IT ALSO MEANS BEING OPEN TO EXTERNAL ADVICE.”

JÉRÔME PEREZ, HEAD OF SUSTAINABILITY, NESPRESSO

 

NSAB board members

Dr. Grethel Aguilar

Director General,
IUCN

Germán A. Bahamón J.

CEO,
Federación Nacional de Cafeteros

David Browning

CEO,
Enveritas 

George Clooney

Actor and Nespresso Brand Ambassador

Santiago Gowland

CEO,
Rainforest Alliance

Andrew Kassoy

Co-founder and President,
B Lab

Daniel Katz

Board Chair and Co-Founder,
Rainforest Alliance

Alzbeta Klein

CEO and Director General,
International Fertilizer Association (IFA)

Guillaume Le Cunff

CEO,
Nestlé Nespresso SA

Jérôme Perez

Head of Sustainability,
Nestlé Nespresso SA

Lawrence Pratt

Senior Lecturer,
INCAE Business School

David Rennie

Deputy Executive Vice President; Head of Nestlé Coffee Brands,
Nestlé

John Revess

Vice President of Business Engagement,
WBCSD

Paul Rice

President and CEO,
Fair Trade USA

Alexandre Schouler

CEO,
PUR

Dr. Fiona Solomon

CEO,
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative

Sandra Uwera

CEO,
Fairtrade International

Jeff Vockrodt

CEO,
Fair Labor Association

Will Warshauer

President and CEO,
TechnoServe

Tensie Whelan

Professor of Practice,
NYU Stern School of Business

TOPICS AND DISCUSSION POINTS FROM THE NSAB MEETINGS

 

 

2022

 

 

LOCATION: WASHINGTON D.C.,USA

The 2022 meeting took place in Washington, DC – our first in-person NSAB gathering since 2019. This 8th NSAB proved a great opportunity to celebrate Nespresso joining the B Corp movement and, importantly, to focus on the work ahead as we evolve The Positive Cup towards 2030. We were hosted by one of our partners, the International Finance Corporation, and honoured to receive an address on the importance of ensuring that the low carbon agriculture transition also works to improve the livelihoods of farmers, by its MD, Makhtar Diop. This is aligned with Nespresso’s ambitious plan to reduce emissions to net-zero, empower farming communities, regenerate landscapes, and advance circularity.

The following topics were discussed:

  • The Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund and our Reviving Origins programs in Uganda and Zimbabwe
  • Measuring Natural Capital on AAA coffee farms in Costa Rica and Nicaragua
  • The transition of the AAA Program into regenerative agriculture
  • The 2030 roadmap for The Positive Cup
  • Towards net-zero

 

 

2020

 

 

LOCATION: FIRST VIRTUAL NSAB
KEY HIGHLIGHT: PREPARING FOR THE DECISIVE DECADE

As a consequence of the pandemic and international travel restrictions, 2020 was the first NSAB to be hosted online.
The Board took time to discuss the major challenges facing corporations in the current context, including the continued low international market prices affecting smallholders, the impact of COVID-19 in farming communities, and the need to accelerate climate change actions. Importantly, the Board reviewed the draft strategic framework Nespresso is developing for its sustainability strategy post-2020 and the completion of The Positive Cup strategic and reporting cycle. 

The following topics were discussed:

  • Implications of the pandemic on coffee producers and actions taken by Nespresso
  • Strategies to further improve sustainable livelihoods through AAA (including the strengthening of labour compliance and living income for smallholders) 
  • The opportunities to catalyse a more amplified force for good movement, together with consumers and other stakeholders
  • The carbon neutral commitment of the company

 

 

 

 

 

2019

 

 

LOCATION: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
KEY HIGHLIGHT: CIRCULARITY
                                  

The 2019 meeting took place in Geneva where the Board considered numerous topics within the realm of sustainable production, sustainable consumption and the circular use of aluminium. Visits to both a Nespresso Positive boutique and the Nespresso capsule recycling facility in Moudon gave the Board first-hand insights into how these headline topics manifest during day-to-day operations. 

The following topics were discussed:

  • Reviving coffee origins experiences 
  • Aluminium circularity and recycling 
  • Enhancing the consumer sustainability experience  
  • The sustainability agenda: lead, transform, succeed 
  • Sustainability awards 2019 

 

 

NSAB 2017

 

 

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Key highlight: Farmer Resilience
                                  

The 2017 NSAB meeting took place in Colombia, where the Board was introduced to the AAA Program in-practice, meeting coffee farmers and understanding the AAA practices designed to increase farmer resilience. The Board visited farms and the community mill in Jardín, participating in the harvest-to-milling process and learning about agroforestry. The Board was hosted by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation, and Manuel Santos, President of Colombia at the time, invited the members to a reception at his official residence.

The following topics were discussed:

  • How to further integrate the SDGs into Nespresso’s sustainability strategy
  • How to engage consumers on the topic of sustainable aluminium
     

 

 

NSAB 2016

 

 

 

Location: New York, USA
Key highlight: Sustainable Finance
 

The 2016 NSAB meeting saw the launch of the Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund (NSIF), and reviewed Nespresso's progress in implementing the Positive Cup strategy towards 2020. The following topics were discussed:
 

  • AAA farming resilience and coffee revival programs
  • Landscape management, natural capital and climate change
  • Capsules & systems – resource efficiency and sustainable consumption
  • Engaging consumers in sustainable consumption
  • Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund
     

 

 

NSAB 2015

 

 

Location: London, UK
Key highlight: Stakeholder Engagement

The 2015 NSAB meeting discussed Nespresso's progress and further optimisation of The Positive Cup strategy towards 2020. The following topics were discussed:
 

  • Reviewing progress on the AAA Program, especially in Africa and across AAA landscapes 
  • Assessing the efficiency of existing capsule recycling systems
  • Exploring the opportunities to co-finance key programmes
  • Reviewing Nespresso’s programme of stakeholder engagement, focusing on consumer communications and CSV reporting

 

 

NSAB 2014

 

 

Location: Milan, Italy
Key highlight: The Launch of The Positive Cup

In 2014, the Board reviewed and updated the ambitious sustainability initiatives presented in 2013. The focus was primarily around securing the highest-quality coffee beans by strengthening the farmers’ resilience to socio-economic and environmental challenges, and ensuring the sustainable management of aluminium across our complete value chain. The following topics were discussed:

  • The expansion of the AAA Program in Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan)
  • The involvement of Nespresso in reviving the coffee industry in South Sudan
  • The AAA Farmer Future pilot signed in Colombia and the expansion of the programme
  • The AAA Agroforestry Program in Guatemala and the expansion of this initiative

During this meeting, we announced The Positive Cup, our sustainability strategy towards 2020, The Positive Cup strategy incorporates ambitious goals in the areas of coffee sourcing and social welfare; aluminium sourcing, use and disposal; and resilience to climate change.
 

 

 

NSAB 2013

 

 

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Key highlight: Company Engagement

During the inaugural meeting of NSAB, the Board examined the main themes of “People” and “Planet”, with a focus on the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program and driving economic, social and environmental sustainability in coffee growing communities. The following areas were discussed:
 

  • The AAA Program in Africa
  • The AAA Farmer Future Program in Colombia
  • The AAA Agroforestry Program

Additional discussion points covered multi-stakeholder engagement, such as how to engage with international development agencies, civil society organisations and public authorities to build effective coalitions on key topics in order to deliver real farmer benefits. We also discussed how to engage consumers and the public in order to drive awareness and advocacy on sustainability topics, as well as how to integrate intermediaries and suppliers into the overall Creating Shared Value framework.