Case Study

Sustainable agriculture in Nestlé's supply chain: How to get everybody on board?

11 pages
June 2004
Reference: IMD-2-0106

In May 2000 Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Nestlé’s CEO, had presented the company’s new strategy: Instead of “just” selling food and beverages, Nestlé intended to earn a reputation as an expert in nutrition, health and well-being–“good food, good life.” Hans Jöhr’, Head of Agriculture at Nestlé was reviewing the strategy for sourcing agricultural raw materials at the same time. He was sure that the new business concept would also call for a different approach in his department, as Nestlé progressively evolved from a food and beverage company to a food and beverage, nutrition, health and wellness company. This would also possibly increase consumer expectations of the brands. The survey showed that aspects of sustainable development within the supply chain, based on the three pillars of sustainability would be of increasing importance in the future. In light of this, Jöhr was convinced that his goal would be to create a sustainability strategy for the upstream part of the supply chain: including input suppliers (chemicals, seed and animal feed), farmers, primary processors and trade. But first, he needed to answer some questions: How could he implement this strategy within Nestlé? Should he set priorities more internally or should he focus on the supply chain? Which business units and functions should be involved? What arguments did he need to use to get these colleagues on board?

Keywords
Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainability Strategy, Supply Chain, Food, Corporate Sustainability Management
Settings
Global
2000-2003 (ongoing)
Type
Field Research
Copyright
© 2004
Available Languages
English
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