Nestle is using nutrition as a way to reduce the prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases
According to the World Health Organization, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill 40 million people each year, equivalent to 70% of all deaths globally1. More importantly, 17 million people die each year from NCD before the age of 70; 87% of these "premature" deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries2.
Nestle’s development programs for smallholder farmers benefited 550,000 dairy and coffee farmers
Smallholder farmers produce more food crops and account for 70-80% of the world's food production, as compared to larger farms1. However, they suffer from "low-intensity farming, low yields, limited market access, and insufficient profits"2. Smallholder farmers produce 60% of the world’s coffee, but 66% of them live in poverty4. On the other hand, dairy farmers are increasingly facing challenges like low prices3 and lack of skilled laborers9.
Nestle's bottled water contains up to 10,000 plastic particles per liter
In the US, approximately 50 billion water bottles are sold yearly from am industry expected to reach USD $334 billion by 20233. Studies found that bottled water contains a large number of microplastics, usually less than 5 millimeters in size3.
Nestle fails to reach 10% reduction target in sodium and saturated fat content and 5% in sugar level
Processed food, with high sugar and salt content has become very popular in people’s lives today1. According to the World Health Organization guidelines, the salt intake needs to be kept to less than 5g per day, as this helps to reduce the risk of diseases like diabetes and heart problems2. Limiting the salt intake to 5g per day can avoid 1.7 million deaths every year2. Adults taking 17-21% of their calories from added sugar are at a 38% higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases1. Processed food may have more sugar, salt, and fat than the recommended amount3.
Nestlé's water footprint is 0.00135% of the world's water consumption
The world consumes 4 trillion cubic meters of water annually1. Globally, 2.8 billion people suffer from water scarcity, about 31% of the world's population8. About 33% of the world's biggest groundwater sources are stressed out due to the growing demand for water8.