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Reporting Performance

Reaching our 2013 sustainability commitments


When Nespresso launched Ecolaboration™ in 2009, we made the commitment to report back with openness and transparency on our progress in meeting our 2013 goals.




At the end of December 2013, we reached our 2013 sustainability commitments:

  • Coffee Sourcing:

In 2013, Nespresso sourced over 80% of our green coffee from our unique AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program.

  • Capsule Recycling:

At the end of June 2012, our capacity to collect used capsules for recycling by putting in place collection systems reached 76,4%, surpassing our initial commitment to reach 75% by 2013 one year ahead of plan. We estimate that our collection capacity reached 86% at the end of 2015.

  • Carbon Reduction:

We reduced the carbon footprint of a cup of Nespresso coffee by 20,7%, meeting our initial target of a 20% reduction by 2013 set in 2009.

Read our 2009-2013 sustainability performance report.


Through Ecolaboration™, Nespresso has made good progress, reaching each of our 2013 sustainability commitments. But for us, sustainability is a journey of continuous improvement. We are determined to go further in the future to Create Shared Value for the Nespresso community.


Over 80% of Nespresso coffee sourced from the AAA Program: our 2013 commitment has been met

A coffee farmer sells her coffee to
the local cooperative
  • In 2015, over 80% of our green coffee was sourced through the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, with more than 290,000 hectares of coffee plantations being part of an active sustainable management programme.
  • By the end of 2015, Nespresso had rolled out the AAA Program in the twelve countries of origin where we source coffee.
  • South Sudan joined Ethiopia, India, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Kenya and Indonesia as countries in the AAA Program.
  • By the end of 2015, more than 70,000 farmers had joined our AAA Program, up from 33,000 farmers in 2009.
  • Measurements of the impacts of the AAA Program in Central America by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) estimate that, on average, Real Farmer Income™ for AAA farms was 27% higher than for farms that were not part of the AAA Program.


Read case studies on the AAA Program.


86% of global collection capacity: our 2013 commitment has been surpassed

A consumer brings back his used
capsules to a Nespresso Boutique
collection point for recycling
  • In 2015, 36 countries – from Australia to Denmark and from the UK to the US – had systems in place to collect used capsules, reaching over 100,000 dedicated collection points. We estimate that our collection capacity reached 86% at the end of 2015.
  • In 2010, Sweden accepted the collection of used Nespresso capsules as part of its national used packaging recovery system (REPA). Finland followed in 2012.
  • Nespresso is taking responsibility by putting in place customised solutions that make it easier for our Club Members to return their used capsules. Nespresso has installed collection points in Nespresso boutiques and within the community. Nespresso also works with courier companies to enable doorstep collection in select regions. Fifteen countries have now put in place such a system. 


Read case studies on used capsules recycling initiatives.


20,7% of reduction in the carbon footprint of a cup of Nespresso coffee: our 2013 commitment has been met

Coffee plantation, an
important natural
environment for
  • Since 2009, all new Nespresso machine ranges have been equipped with an automatic stand-by mode or power-off function.
  • PIXIE, one of our latest machines, automatically switches off after nine minutes of inactivity, consuming 60% less energy than a model rated as “A” according to FEA / CECED labelling.
  • We have built environmental efficiencies into our production centre in Avenches, Switzerland. An innovative energy recovery system reduces the amount of energy needed to roast green coffee by approximately 16% to 20%.
  • We supported the launch of a Climate Friendly farming module in Guatemala. This education program was created by our partners, including the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), a local university and our coffee sourcing partner EFICO. The module includes voluntary guidelines to help farmers reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions. These guidelines will help them better prepare for the new challenges that climate change is already bringing to coffee growing regions.


Read case studies on carbon footprint reduction.