Nespresso joins a global community of purpose-led businesses that meet the highest standards of sustainability and social responsibility
Nespresso, the pioneer and reference-point of high-quality portioned coffee, has today announced its global certification as a B Corp. The Swiss-based brand joins an international movement of 4,500 purpose-led businesses that meet B Corp’s high standards of social and environmental responsibility and transparency – including Patagonia and The Body Shop.
The announcement is a marker for the positive impact Nespresso has made in the coffee industry and beyond since the brand was founded in 1986. Key contributing elements include its unique approach to coffee sourcing – through the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, designed in partnership with the Rainforest Alliance – its strategic alliance with Fairtrade, and the brand’s global recycling scheme for its aluminium capsules.
Guillaume Le Cunff, Nespresso CEO, said: : “B Corp certification reflects a 30-year Nespresso commitment to sustainability, transparency and responsible business. We are immensely proud to be joining a community of like minds who share our belief that profit and purpose go hand-in-hand. This certification brings added value for our customers and affirms to Nespresso fans that their favourite coffee brand is doing business the right way.”
Jonathan Normand, B Lab Switzerland Founder, said: , a déclaré : “The B Corp process is a rigorous and independent assessment of a company’s impact on people and planet, looking at everything from its carbon footprint to the way it treats employees. To achieve B Corp certification is a major milestone for Nespresso. I want to offer my congratulations and wish them well as they continue in their sustainability journey.”
Nespresso will add the B Corp logo to Nespresso products and communications to help spread the word about the movement, educate consumers, and help them make more sustainable choices in their purchasing decisions.
KEY FACTS: B CORP CERTIFICATION
● Nespresso scored 84 points out of 200 on the B Impact Assessment. A minimum of 80 points is required to achieve B Corp status. To date, 4,500 companies have achieved B Corp certification. These companies span over 150 industries and more than 70 countries.
● To certify as a B Corp, businesses must meet high standards across five areas: Governance, Workers, Community, Environment and Customers. Nespresso scores are published transparently at bcorporation.net and sustainability.nespresso.com/b-corp-score.
● Certified B Corps are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on all stakeholders. To meet this requirement, Nespresso has updated its Articles of Association (Corporate Articles).
● B Corp certification covers Nespresso’s global business, meaning all Nespresso operations where Nespresso is a legal entity or a division of Nestlé, spanning 38 markets.