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Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Consumer Staples
Vevey, Switzerland
Brands and Associated Companies
Nescafe, Kit Kat, Perrier, Milo
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Nestlé is positively positioned on climate and energy policy in both Europe and the United States, however, appears to have limited strategic engagement on relevant policy streams in recent years. The company retains membership in some industry associations that continue to lobby in opposition to Paris-aligned climate policy.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Nestlé has stated support for long-term climate policy and strongly supports the Paris Agreement. Nestlé clearly supports greenhouse gas emissions reductions in line with the IPCC’s 1.5C target, as evident in its 2019 Creating Shared Value Report. In July 2020, CEO Ulf Mark Scheider stated broad support for government action on climate change to be a central part of the COVID-19 pandemic economic recovery. As of 2020, Nestle broadly supports the implementation of carbon pricing systems.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Though its direct lobbying has appeared somewhat limited in recent years, Nestlé engages with positive positions on climate policies in both the EU and the US. The company is a member of the [384935 Sustainable Food Policy Alliance in 2019, which has urged the US government to establish a Paris-aligned carbon pricing system, though the group does not endorse a specific regulatory approach such as carbon tax or emissions trading. In 2018, Nestlé directly opposed the repeal of the Clean Power Plan in the US and advocated for more ambitious GHG emissions standards for trucks in the EU.

In August 2019, the company signed onto a Ceres BICEP submission to the US federal Council on Environmental Quality, which opposed reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act that would significantly hinder GHG emissions accounting measures. Further, through a joint letter in March 2020, the company expressed support for Virginia’s decision to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative emissions trading scheme. In July 2020, Nestle joined multiple companies in a joint letter to US Congress advocating for measures to support renewable uptake, transportation electrification, clean energy jobs, and energy efficiency as part of the federal COVID-19 stimulus package. The company also supported raising the ambition of the EU’s 2030 Climate Target to 55% emissions reductions in December 2020.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Nestlé appears to have a positive position on the transition of the energy mix. In May 2018, it called on the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to better consider renewable energy resources in electricity transmission policies. As part of joint efforts with other companies in 2019, Nestlé advocated for policy measures to support the transition of the energy mix in the UK and the United States. The company’s “Net Zero Roadmap” (December 2020) calls generally for policy measures that promote the uptake of clean energy, particularly renewables.

Industry Association Governance: Nestlé does not appear to have a centralized and comprehensive disclosure of its memberships in industry associations, nor details on industry associations’ climate policy positions and the company’s alignment with them. Company Chairman Paul Bulke serves on the board of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT), which is lobbying EU policy with mixed, but increasingly positive engagement. The company is also a member of multiple industry associations with mixed positions on climate policy, including the International Chamber of Commerce, the Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain (CEOE), and the Kansai Economic Federation in Japan.

Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Communication of Climate Science
2 2 NS NS -2 NS NS NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
2 1 NA 2 1 1 NS NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
1 2 NS NS 2 NS NS NA
Support of UN Climate Process
2 2 NS NS 2 2 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
Carbon Tax
Emissions Trading
NS 1 NS NS 1 1 NS NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS 1 1 2 2 NS NS NA
Renewable Energy
NS 2 NS 1 1 NS NS NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
1 1 1 NS 2 NS NS NA
GHG Emission Regulation
1 2 1 2 2 NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships
Strength of Relationship

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.