SAN and Nestlé partner to improve the brand’s spices upstream supply chain in India


The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) and Nestle signed an agreement to work together for the next two years in order to develop a sustainability system to improve the responsible source of spices.

The SAN-Nestlé Spices Responsible Sourcing Partnership will result, by December 2020, in a fully operating responsible sourcing program which includes assessment, verification and implementation of best practices.

The collaboration, initially launched in India, is rooted in a shared mindset of co-creation towards a common goal: creating positive sustainability outcomes in agricultural supply chains. This joint work will identify and implement mechanisms that can build positive impact for farmers, communities and the environment, beyond a compliance-focused certification approach.

The scope of the project is improving the sourcing of chilli, cumin, coriander and turmeric from Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka (India). Further, other key spices sourcing locations will be defined.

Spice farmers, families and communities, and the three main Nestle spices suppliers will benefit from an integrated Sustainability System to deliver on Nestle's Spices Responsible Sourcing activities, and the means to achieve them.

About 98% of the spice production in India is by small-scale farmers, who typically farm less than two hectare and seasonally rotate the growing of spices alongside other crops. This scenario is full of sustainability challenges that vary between crop and region and affect the health and wellbeing of farmers, their families and their local communities.

That’s the reason the project aims to develop tailored strategies to support resilient livelihoods, environmental sustainability of farms, safe living and working conditions, as well as human and workers’ rights. In this context, the project will:

  • Support the traceability assessment for Nestle’s spices supply chain
  • Co-design outcome and performance indicators
  • Undertake baseline assessments in India
  • Design and pilot the sustainability system
  • Train suppliers and wider implementing partners
  • Create the M&E framework
  • Verify program outcomes

“SAN is very pleased indeed to support Nestlé’s progressive approach to defining and addressing sustainability challenges within its spices supply chain and look forward to delivering positive impacts for farmers and communities,” remarked Jessica Chalmers, SAN’s Programme & Partnerships Manager.

Yann Vuillerod, Nestlé’s Regional Responsible Sourcing Manager, added: “spices being a flagship ingredient for various Nestlé consumer products, we are committed to provide sourcing transparency up to the smallholder farming origins, collaborate with the right local stakeholders to understand the priority challenges and support tailored initiatives which must, in fine, create shared value for the farmer communities, the planet and the value chain stakeholders.”

You can find more details about the project here. 

Nancy De Lemos