Nestlé Nigeria fetes suppliers at 2019 Suppliers’ Day

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Nestlé Nigeria has been at the forefront of supporting the growth of SMEs in Nigeria through its local sourcing and backward integration and supplier development initiatives. The company reiterated this commitment at its 2019 Suppliers’ Day, an annual event that brings together key suppliers of its raw materials, packaging materials, services and indirect services to share best practices.

At the 2019 Suppliers’ Day event in Lagos, Nestlé Nigeria PLC disclosed that it is pursuing an aggressive road map to increase its local content from its current level of 80%. The company reiterated that Local Sourcing is not only a smart business decision to ensure supply but also the right thing to do as it contributes to transforming small and medium scale businesses involved in Nestlé’s value chain either directly or indirectly. Raw materials currently sourced locally by Nestlé include maize, cassava, palm olein, sorghum, soya and salt. The company also sources over 90% of its packaging materials locally. The company is exploring more local sourcing opportunities that still exist for various spices, vegetables and high-quality cassava flour.

In his presentation at the Suppliers’ Day, Mr. Nestor Finalo, Supply Chain Manager for Nestlé Nigeria said, “Responsible sourcing has always been at the core of Nestlé Nigeria’s operations. We are committed to long term partnerships with our suppliers as we sustain efforts towards increasing the percentage of raw and packaging materials sourced locally.” He reiterated that quality remains non-negotiable. “As a company, we prepare for the future by investing in new technologies and products while maintaining our strong focus on quality and striving for zero impact of our operations on the environment,” Mr. Finalo concluded.

Nestle Nigeria Supplier's Day event photo 1

L to R: Tunde Solaja – MD, Crest Agro Products; Nestor Finalo – Supply Chain Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC; Joseph Tanson – Country Procurement Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC

Nestle Nigeria Supplier's Day event photo 2

L to R: Pamela Elekwachi – HR Manager, MATNA Foods; Oluwaseun Akinoso – Supplier Development Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC; Olurunfemi Ayo – Irede Agro Allied

Other facilitators at the event which was focused on the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), ongoing measures for continuous improvement of suppliers’ performance and on consolidation of partnerships, include Mr, Joseph Tanson, Country Procurement Manager, who urged suppliers to take advantage of the new opportunities while adhering to the highest ethical standards and procedures in line with Nestlé’s responsible sourcing policies.

Participants at the event expressed their satisfaction, commending Nestlé for the continued collaboration with suppliers, which has provided opportunities for their development and in turn, the creation of job opportunities, a key touchpoint in the journey towards a more sustainable economic system for Nigeria. Mr. Sunday Bamikole, Quality Assurance Manager, Plantation Industries Limited said, “The Suppliers Day hosted by Nestlé Nigeria PLC was a fantastic event. I particularly like the fact that Nestlé is supporting and taking the lead towards ensuring suppliers are GFSI certified and commend the company for the sincere interest and support towards making our organizations globally competitive while building long term relationships with us.”

Dr. Loretta Balogun, MD/CEO, LORYB & DP Ventures Limited said, “Indeed, Nestlé is committed to not only sourcing all their raw materials locally but is also investing in small holder farmers in Nigeria by training them in best agricultural practices and empowering them to ensure they have a good life”.

Every day, Nestlé touches lives across its value chain. This is in line with the company’s business principle of ensuring that it provides value for society while delivering value to its shareholders. This business principle is called Creating Shared Value (CSV) and is embedded in the way Nestlé does business. In Nigeria, the company is committed to improving livelihoods in the communities connected to its operations and to its value chain, from farm to fork.

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