Fact sheet: About Ecolaboration™
At a glance
• Nespresso has launched Ecolaboration™, a consolidation of all of its sustainability efforts in coffee, capsules,
machines and across its entire operation into one concerted programme. Within the Ecolaboration™ framework
Nespresso is making the following three commitments by 2013:
• To source 80% of its coffee from the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Coffee Program, including Rainforest
Alliance certification of the farms;
• Nespresso will put systems in place to triple its capacity to recycle used capsules to 75%
• To reduce the carbon footprint of a cup of Nespresso by 20% taking into account the whole operation from the
farm to cup
Nespresso pioneered the concept of portioned coffee with the goal of providing the very highest
quality coffees with maximum convenience. Today Nespresso has become the international
reference for premium portioned coffee and aims to be the preferred and respected coffee
company worldwide. In this context Nespresso developed a unique sourcing program for
sustainable quality coffee, tailor-made for the Nespresso business model.
As Nespresso continues to grow it is committed to reassure its stakeholders and Club Members that
the products and services the company provides not only offer the highest quality and value, but
are also delivered in ways that are sustainable for the long-term, requiring the balancing of
economic, social and environmental outputs.
Nespresso is committed to ensuring sustainability throughout its operations. Nestlé’s unique
sustainability framework Creating Shared Value has provided a pioneering platform for the
Nespresso sustainability programme. In 2003 Nespresso launched a groundbreaking partnership
with the leading environmental NGO in sustainable agriculture Rainforest Alliance – the Nespresso
AAA Sustainable Quality™ Coffee Program – committed to ensuring highest quality and
sustainability in its coffee supply chain.
The main focus of this Program is to help farmers to achieve the very highest quality of coffee that
serves both to help Nespresso achieve its mission of delivering coffees of supreme quality, whilst at
the same time helping to improve the standard of living for farmers and their families and
protecting the environment that supports them.
Now six years later, after a thorough strategic review and stakeholder consultation, Nespresso is
extending its sustainability commitments through its Ecolaboration™ framework, a platform for
partnership with the many business partners, stakeholders and innovators who contribute to the
continuous improvement of the sustainability of the Nespresso value chain.
Nespresso Ecolaboration™ provides a networking framework to bring together key stakeholders,
thinkers, consultants, technical experts, NGOs, business partners and others to collaborate around
new ideas and innovation, which will serve to improve the sustainability performance of Nespresso.
Such networking will give rise to specific Ecolaboration™ commitments and framework
agreements between Nespresso and its key partners, with the articulation of measurable objectives
and initiatives to be accomplished within certain timeframes. The aim is to share these
Ecolaboration™ commitments with stakeholders and to report back periodically. In addition the
Ecolaboration™ framework will be instrumental in establishing multi-stakeholder events and
forums around specific topics such as aluminium and coffee supply chains.
Within the Ecolaboration™ framework Nespresso is making the following three commitments:
• Nespresso is taking the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Coffee Program to the next level,
through a formal Ecolaboration™ with Rainforest Alliance, committing the partners to sourcing
80% of Nespresso coffee from the Nespresso AAA Program, including Rainforest Alliance
certification of the farms in the Program by 2013.
• Nespresso is launching the AluCycle™ Initiative with a twin commitment. Firstly, Nespresso is
working with the International Union of the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – the largest
membership environmental organisation in the world – to co-convene an industry roundtable
on improving the sustainability performance of the aluminium used for the Nespresso capsules.
Secondly, Nespresso will put systems in place to triple its capacity to recycle used capsules to
75% by 2013. Achieving this recycling rate will need the active cooperation of Nespresso Club
• Nespresso estimates that the total C02e emissions generated from its operations is 82 grams of
CO2e per cup1. This includes coffee cultivation, transportation, capsules, packaging, production
centres, machine components and assembly, offices, business travel, commuting to and from
work, and boutiques. By 2013 Nespresso is committed to reducing its carbon footprint per cup
by 20%. A key driver behind this commitment will be the establishment of the VerTech™
Network - a sustainable technology Research and Development project set up by Nespresso as
part of Ecolaboration™ to design the green machines of the future.
1 This figure is awaiting peer review.