New projects with Nestlé in India and Olam in Côte d'Ivoire


In the last quarter, the SAN got contracts to develop projects with Nestlé in India, and with Olam in Côte d'Ivoire.

In June, Nestle and SAN signed a 3 year partnership agreement to support Nestle’s Spices Responsible Sourcing Program. The collaboration is rooted in a shared mindset of co-creation towards a common goal: creating positive sustainability outcomes in agricultural supply chains. Read more

Working initially on chilli, coriander, turmeric and cumin in India this collaboration will define its KPIs and identify and implement mechanisms that can build positive impact for farmers, communities and the environment, beyond a compliance focused certification approach.  

On 2nd July 2018 the Partnership was launched at Nestle India’s office in Gurgaon with its 3 suppliers and initial work on evaluating the current farmer support programmes has begun. Baseline assessments of the sourcing areas will take place in Q4 2018 and Q1 2019 and pave the way for planning tailored approaches for each crop in each region.

A new consultancy position for an Indian programme manager will be filled before the end of July and will play a key role in this project and building SAN’s network in India.

The project with Olam consists of the development of a pilot on sustainability approaches for rubber, and will provide an overview of the key sustainability issues in Côte d'Ivoire. In addition, it will test how a potential system of sustainability standards could be implemented for the industry that covers small and large producers. The SAN will implement this project alongside CEFCA.

SAN is also collaborating with Nestle on its Responsible Sourcing Program for Vegetables and Herbs in Europe, which aims to reduce the environmental and social risks and improve impacts related to production practices.

The program is led from Nestle’s HQ in Vevey and its partner Fundación Global Nature has been working with a number of its suppliers to develop a Handbook for Best Management Practices for vegetables. 

SAN has joined this collaboration to support these efforts to develop and evaluate traceability of the vegetables and herbs supply chains and provide strategic and technical support to the Responsible Sourcing Program. The SAN secretariat has worked already with one of the suppliers in Italy and will be meeting in July in Nestle’s HQ in Vevey to finalise the Best Practices Handbook and plan supporting guidance and support for suppliers in the programme.