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Companies that Invest in Packaging Technology, Ingredient Sourcing a Good Bet for Investors

(Credit: Nestlé)

Investors are increasingly urging companies to understand and disclose the risks and opportunities they face from climate change. Private “green” investments worldwide are on an upward trend, according to a recent report from Ethical Markets. But what makes a company a good investment? A focus on – and willingness to invest in – packaging technology and ingredient sourcing are two elements, according to Ferguson Shaw, partner and portfolio manager at Cerno Capital.

Nestlé is one such company. “By investing in improved methods and innovation at its suppliers Nestlé is giving itself the best chance of remaining the leading food and beverage company globally,” Shaw wrote on Citywire. “Nestlé is concerned both with the source materials of packaging and its disposal after use.”

As far back as 2015, Nestlé, was increasing revenue and reducing risk by implementing sustainable supply chain practices, according to a World Economic Forum report. The company is working with its suppliers to improve productivity, not only for their success but also to ensure long-term supplies. The company says it is also helping to improve farm economics, which will enhance the resilience and prosperity of present growers and attract the next generation of coffee farmers.

In 2018, coffee farmers experienced a difficult year, with low prices affecting incomes and discouraging them from engaging in sustainability. The company invested in programs to help coffee farmers enhance their efficiency.

Shaw points out that by working with agriculture suppliers to develop practices that improve productivity, crop quality and environmental management, and by establishing provenance of its natural resources, the company is guarding  against risk.

Nestlé is one of the companies in Cerno Capital’s Global Leaders portfolio.

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