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雀巢将重整供应链:股东批准35亿美元净零排放计划

雀巢将重整供应链:股东批准35亿美元净零排放计划

Sophie Mellore 2021年04月19日
雀巢供应链目前占其95%的碳排放。

全球最大的食品业巨头雀巢(Nestlé)正在通过一系列举措大肆宣扬其绿色环保证书。该公司预计在未来五年将投资32亿瑞士法郎(约合35亿美元),以加快实施各项举措,其中12亿瑞士法郎(约合13亿美元)将用于推动发展再生农业。

周四在瑞士举行的公司年度股东大会上,股东们批准了公司到2050年实现净零排放的计划。相比之下,这家瑞士巨头的竞争对手联合利华(Unilever)则希望凭借碳信用到2039年实现净零排放,但其基点略有不同。

要想实现脱碳,雀巢就必须重整其整个供应链,该供应链目前占其95%的排放。该公司计划使用可再生能源,并调整产品组合,纳入环保产品,使其运营更具可持续性,从而消除剩余5%的排放。

雀巢CEO马克•施耐德在周四召开的公司年度股东大会上表示,雀巢希望通过在公司产品原料的原产地发展“再生农业”和“扩大再造林”来减少排放。

乳制品和牲畜业务排放量占雀巢总排放的34%,雀巢计划对乳制品和牲畜业务实施“农业企业化”,以此来改善牲畜业务管理,并提供可持续饲料(其添加剂和膳食补充剂有助于减少甲烷)。

雀巢还打算种植更多的树木。然而,因未能兑现到2020年只使用无森林滥伐的原材料承诺,该公司最近惹上了麻烦。

该公司已在多个国家开展了植树造林工作,计划在非洲、亚洲和大洋洲进一步扩大造林,并恢复因以往的棕榈油贸易造成的毁林面积。

此次是雀巢股东首次就公司的气候变化计划进行投票表决。

会前,资助雀巢的七家瑞士养老基金联合提交了股东决议。他们拟就公司的气候变化相关计划发表意见。在这一消息宣布之际,Ethos董事文森特•考夫曼对允许股东就这一问题投票表决的决定表示赞成,但他补充道:“重要的是,要采取切实有效的措施进行跟进。”

去年,雀巢总销售额下降了8.9%,达843亿瑞士法郎(约合915亿美元),但与此同时,有机食品销售额增长了3.6%,这得益于宠物食品收入激增以及咖啡和乳制品需求增长强劲。

旗下包含Vital Proteins 和Garden of Life等品牌的雀巢健康科学(Nestlé Health Science)的销售额以两位数的速度增长,其素食和植物性食品的销售额也是如此。施耐德称,“家庭外消费”产品的收入“大幅”下降。

今年2月,雀巢CEO在《财富》撰文中指出,雀巢有意投资脱碳项目,而脱碳也对股东有益。他承认,面对日益增长的气候税和绿色投资,如果公司不想“消亡”,就须承担“巨大的交易成本”。(财富中文网)

2021年4月15日说明:本文已经更新,用于澄清联合利华的净零目标是基于碳信用。

翻译:郝秀

审校:汪皓

全球最大的食品业巨头雀巢(Nestlé)正在通过一系列举措大肆宣扬其绿色环保证书。该公司预计在未来五年将投资32亿瑞士法郎(约合35亿美元),以加快实施各项举措,其中12亿瑞士法郎(约合13亿美元)将用于推动发展再生农业。

周四在瑞士举行的公司年度股东大会上,股东们批准了公司到2050年实现净零排放的计划。相比之下,这家瑞士巨头的竞争对手联合利华(Unilever)则希望凭借碳信用到2039年实现净零排放,但其基点略有不同。

要想实现脱碳,雀巢就必须重整其整个供应链,该供应链目前占其95%的排放。该公司计划使用可再生能源,并调整产品组合,纳入环保产品,使其运营更具可持续性,从而消除剩余5%的排放。

雀巢CEO马克•施耐德在周四召开的公司年度股东大会上表示,雀巢希望通过在公司产品原料的原产地发展“再生农业”和“扩大再造林”来减少排放。

乳制品和牲畜业务排放量占雀巢总排放的34%,雀巢计划对乳制品和牲畜业务实施“农业企业化”,以此来改善牲畜业务管理,并提供可持续饲料(其添加剂和膳食补充剂有助于减少甲烷)。

雀巢还打算种植更多的树木。然而,因未能兑现到2020年只使用无森林滥伐的原材料承诺,该公司最近惹上了麻烦。

该公司已在多个国家开展了植树造林工作,计划在非洲、亚洲和大洋洲进一步扩大造林,并恢复因以往的棕榈油贸易造成的毁林面积。

此次是雀巢股东首次就公司的气候变化计划进行投票表决。

会前,资助雀巢的七家瑞士养老基金联合提交了股东决议。他们拟就公司的气候变化相关计划发表意见。在这一消息宣布之际,Ethos董事文森特•考夫曼对允许股东就这一问题投票表决的决定表示赞成,但他补充道:“重要的是,要采取切实有效的措施进行跟进。”

去年,雀巢总销售额下降了8.9%,达843亿瑞士法郎(约合915亿美元),但与此同时,有机食品销售额增长了3.6%,这得益于宠物食品收入激增以及咖啡和乳制品需求增长强劲。

旗下包含Vital Proteins 和Garden of Life等品牌的雀巢健康科学(Nestlé Health Science)的销售额以两位数的速度增长,其素食和植物性食品的销售额也是如此。施耐德称,“家庭外消费”产品的收入“大幅”下降。

今年2月,雀巢CEO在《财富》撰文中指出,雀巢有意投资脱碳项目,而脱碳也对股东有益。他承认,面对日益增长的气候税和绿色投资,如果公司不想“消亡”,就须承担“巨大的交易成本”。(财富中文网)

2021年4月15日说明:本文已经更新,用于澄清联合利华的净零目标是基于碳信用。

翻译:郝秀

审校:汪皓

Nestlé, the world’s biggest food conglomerate, is boosting its green credentials with a wide-ranging set of initiatives costing 3.2 billion francs ($3.5 billion) over the next five years, including a 1.2 billion franc ($1.3 billion) investment in regenerative agriculture.

At the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Switzerland on Thursday, shareholders approved the company’s plans to go net zero by 2050. Unlike the Swiss giant, competitor Unilever hopes to reach net zero by 2039 on a slightly different basis, using carbon credits.

In order to decarbonize, Nestlé will have to rework its entire supply chain which currently produces 95% of its emissions. It plans to address the remaining 5% by making its operations more sustainable by using renewable energy and modifying its product portfolio to include environmentally friendly offerings.

Speaking at the company’s AGM on Thursday, CEO Mark Schneider said Nestlé is hoping to cut down on emissions with “regenerative agriculture” and by “scaling up reforestation” in places where the company sources ingredients for its products.

Dairy and livestock, which produce 34% of Nestlé’s total emissions, will be reworked using “agripreneurship”—initiatives to improve livestock management and provide sustainable feed, whose additives and dietary supplements help reduce methane.

The group also intends to plant more trees. Nestlé has been in hot water recently as it failed to meet its promise to only use deforestation-free raw materials by 2020.

The company has deployed reforestation efforts in a number of countries, with plans to expand across Africa, Asia, and Oceania and redress the historical deforestation caused by Nestlé’s palm oil trade.

This is the first time Nestlé shareholders were given the opportunity to vote on the company’s climate change plan.

Prior to the meeting, a shareholder resolution was jointly submitted by seven of the Swiss pension funds backing Nestlé. They sought a voice in the company’s climate-change–related plans. At the time of the announcement, Ethos director Vincent Kaufmann welcomed the decision to allow a shareholder vote on the issue but added, “It is important that they are actually followed up by concrete and effective measures.”

In the past year, total reported sales at Nestlé fell by 8.9% to 84.3 billion francs ($91.5 billion), while organic sales grew by 3.6%, backed by a surge in pet food revenue as well as strong demand for its coffee and dairy products.

Sales in Nestlé Health Science, which is home to brands such as Vital Proteins and Garden of Life, grew at double-digit rates, as did sales of its vegetarian and plant-based food offerings. Revenue for products that are made for “consumption outside of the home” declined “significantly,” according to Schneider.

Writing in Fortune in February, the Nestlé CEO noted that the company intended to invest in decarbonization, which would in turn serve its shareholders. He acknowledged the “significant transaction costs” the company would have to assume if it didn’t want to “wither” in the face of rising climate taxes and green investing.

Clarification, April 15, 2021: This article has been updated to clarify that Unilever’s net-zero target is based on carbon credits.

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