From developing our first prototype in the 1970s to The Positive Cup strategy of today, we have been learning how to integrate sustainability into our business. Looking to the future, we are seeking ever closer alignment of our ambitions and goals with the Sustainable Development Goals – the global priorities towards 2030.

1970s

Prototypes of the first system to deliver barista-quality coffee at home are developed

1986

Our revolutionary system of portioned coffee was born with machines and capsules designed to deliver an exceptional cup of coffee

1991

The first Nespresso capsule recycling programme is introduced in Switzerland with 34 collection points

1993

Nespresso joins the collective recycling system in Germany with the support of Duales System Deutschland

2003

Designed to improve farm practices and promote the supply of sustainable quality coffee, the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program is launched, in collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance

2005

A detailed lifecycle assessment of a cup of Nespresso highlights the relative significance of Scope 3 – emissions that occur within our value chain but that are not owned or controlled by Nespresso

2009

Launch of Ecolaboration™ in which we set out our plan for creating shared value:

  • 80% AAA coffee sourcing
  • 75% capsule collection capacity
  • -20% GHG emission/cup

2013

Inaugural meeting of the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program

2014

Launch of The Positive Cup and a commitment to invest CHF 500m in positive impact

2015

Nespresso launches the Vertuo system – providing additional sustainable consumption opportunities with long-cup, high-quality coffee at the touch of a button

2016

The launch of the Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund (NSIF): USAID and the World Bank become the first partners to join the Fund

2017

The first Creating Shared Value report is published in accordance with GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, is launched

2022

20 YEARS OF THE NESPRESSO SUSTAINABLE QUALITY™ PROGRAM
30 YEARS OF RECYCLING

Nespresso becomes a B Corp™ certified company

 

BY 2025

REGENERATE LANDSCAPES

80% of our green coffee volume will be rated bronze on the Rainforest Alliance Regenerative Coffee Scorecard

10 biodiversity priority areas, representing over 60% of the area managed under the AAA Program (in hectares), will have an action plan in place

 

EMPOWER COMMUNITIES

We aim to scale the Living Income Reference Price with Fairtrade International implemented in all AAA farms in Colombia, Peru, Indonesia, Mexico and Guatemala

 

ADVANCE CIRCULARITY

Our aim is that at least 10% of our machine sales will be refurbished machines

We aim to achieve a global capsule recycling rate of 50%6 

We aim to reach Circulytics™ rating A-

 

INSPIRE COLLECTIVE ACTION

By 2025, we will have invested more than CHF 1 billion in Positive Cup initiatives8

Renew B Corp™ certification with a B Impact score ≥909

 

BY 2030

DECARBONISE THE VALUE CHAIN

We plan to reduce our GHG emissions by 50% vs the 2018 baseline1 through regenerative agriculture, innovation in products and systems, and energy efficiency

We aim to achieve net-zero emissions in AAA green coffee production2

 

REGENERATE LANDSCAPES

Source 95% Regenerative Coffee4

 

EMPOWER COMMUNITIES

We aim to achieve Fair Labor Association accreditation across AAA origins

All AAA smallholder farmers receive the Living Income Reference Price5

 

ADVANCE CIRCULARITY

Circulytics™ rating A7

 

BY 2035

Net zero3

 

OUR PAST IMPACT
INSPIRES THE FUTURE

1. Business as usual

2. Coffee cultivation in farm and post-harvest treatment (cherry processing)

3. We are aligned and contribute to the Nestlé SBTi-approved target of net zero by 2050 and are looking for ways to accelerate to 2035 at the earliest, in line with the SBTi. We aim to submit our net-zero targets for SBTi approval in 2023

4. By 2030, we aim that 95% of our green coffee volume will be rated bronze on the Rainforest Alliance Regenerative Coffee Scorecard, out of which 70% will be rated gold

5. In origins where the LIRP has been established by Fairtrade International and the majority of AAA coffee farmers are smallholder

6. In dedicated and collective systems

7. Pending evolution of Circulytics™ standards; Circulytics™ is an assessment tool developed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation that allows companies to measure circularity across their entire operations

8. Projected cumulative investment in The Positive Cup, 2014–2025

9. Pending evolution of B Lab standards

 

Article updated in: June 2023.