Swiss coffee company Nestlé Nespresso S.A. and Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Group announced earlier today a compact to collaborate on producing Nespresso packets made from Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Certified Aluminium.
Per the agreement, Nespresso and Rio Tinto expect to produce packets from 100 percent sustainable aluminium within the next two years, offering consumers the opportunity to enjoy coffee with confidence that it has been delivered in an environmentally-responsible manner.
Aluminium certified by the ASI is produced in a manner that protects biodiversity, respects indigenous peoples’ rights, appropriately conserves water resources, and is made with techniques that emit minimum levels of carbon.
In addition, the ASI’s Chain of Custody Standard ensures that users like Nespresso are able to trace the aluminium they purchase back through the entire production process, allowing them to confirm that the aluminium they use meets the standards set by ASI.
“This as an important step towards the use of responsibly sourced aluminium across manufacturing industries, which Rio Tinto is the first to supply,” explained Rio Tinto Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios. “We expect the demand from consumers for sustainable products to continue growing and Nespresso drinkers can have confidence the aluminium we supply for their capsules meets the highest international standards.”
Nespresso chief executive officer Jean-Marc Duvoisin lauded the move as a major step forward for global sustainability practices.
“Nespresso is proud to have been a driving force in creating and implementing the ASI. Together we have made responsibly-sourced aluminium a reality, and the ASI traceability mechanism will enable us to meet our commitment to customers to reduce the impact of their consumption. This is a positive step towards creating a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.”
“Aluminium is a key part of our daily lives: from cars and planes to cell phones, buildings and food packaging,” said ASI chief executive officer Fiona Solomon. “Until now, there has never been a comprehensive global standard for its responsible sourcing and production. Now companies in the aluminium value chain who wish to demonstrate responsible practices can take the ASI standards forward to their customers, who can, in turn, be confident that this represents the highest environmental, social and governance standards.”