Nespresso, a business unit in Nestlé Group, will be the first company to use responsible aluminum produced by global mines Rio Tinto to produce coffee capsules.
The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate with Nespresso's capsule manufacturers to fulfill a commitment to 100 percent sustainable aluminum by 2020.
The Rio Tinto Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Certified Aluminum aims to reduce the impact of the world's second most widely used base metal on the planet.
ASI sets standards for promoting the protection of biodiversity, respect for indigenous peoples' rights, water management and low carbon emissions during aluminum production – the standard is the first of its kind for all industrial metal.
Rio Tinto aluminum CE Alf Barrios Commenting on MoU is an important step towards the use of responsible aluminum produced over manufacturing industries.
"We expect consumer demand for sustainable products to continue to grow and Nespresso drinkers will be confident that the aluminum delivered to the capsules meets the highest international standards."
Nespresso CEO Jean-Marc Duvoisin says that the ASI traceability mechanism enables the company to meet its commitment to customers to reduce consumption.
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