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14 January 2019

Nestlé Nespresso is the first coffee company to be certified against the ASI Performance Standard, with a focus on the material stewardship of aluminium capsules. Aluminium is the best material to protect and preserve the aromas and flavours of coffee, as it provides superior protection from oxygen, light and moisture and is infinitely recyclable.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Nestlé Nespresso is the fourth downstream user of aluminium to become ASI Certified. The ASI Performance Standard focuses on ‘material stewardship’ for Industrial Users, addressing issues such as product design, life cycle assessments, management of process scrap and collection and recycling of products at end-of-life. Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for highest-quality portioned coffee. The company works with more than 75,000 farmers in 12 countries through its AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program to embed sustainability practices on farms and the surrounding landscapes. Launched in 2003 in collaboration with The Rainforest Alliance, the program helps to improve the yield and quality of harvests, ensuring a sustainable supply of high quality coffee and improving livelihoods of farmers and their communities.

The ASI Certification program was developed through an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation process and is the only comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative for the aluminium value chain. The independent, third-party audit of Nestlé Nespresso was carried out by ERM Certification and Verification Services.

Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said, “We are delighted to congratulate Nestlé Nespresso on their achievement of ASI Certification for the Performance Standard. Nespresso was instrumental in the establishment of ASI, contributing extensive time and effort as part of their broader goals to support the positive impact of aluminium. They have publicly committed to sourcing ASI Aluminium for their coffee capsules, aligning with their ongoing commitments to sustainability programs for coffee production. Nespresso’s leadership has facilitated greater stakeholder and consumer awareness of the importance of responsible aluminium sourcing, recycling and material stewardship.”

Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nespresso, said, “This is a proud moment for Nespresso. We have accompanied ASI’s journey from the very beginning, and are delighted that our operations meet the ASI standard. Even though this is a very significant step, it is not the end of the journey: we continue to work with our suppliers to ensure our full supply chain is certified, so we will be able to sell ASI-certified products to our customers and consumers during 2020.”

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