Diversity has only just reached the top of most corporate agendas, but at Nestlé it’s been the foundation of what we do for years. Strong, multi-cultural diversity has shaped our success and culture. We work hard to integrate in every community to which we belong – and we place the highest value on the unique perspectives that our people bring us. We’re open about the motivations behind this. Yes, we believe we have a social responsibility to promote diversity, but equally we know it sharpens our performance and gives us an advantage over our competitors.
One of the areas in which diversity makes the biggest difference is in the gender mix. We’ve made it a priority to make sure we’re making the best of the talents of both men and women. Again, this isn’t simply because it’s the right thing to do – it’s also because we’ll only achieve our potential if all our people achieve theirs. So we’re working hard to develop an environment, culture and leadership approach that provides equal opportunities for everyone, in every level.
Employee Health and Wellness
Our vision and values should shape everything we do. We believe strongly that they should be lived and experienced every day. By providing our people with a healthy diet and sporting activities, we support our principle of ‘healthy minds in healthy bodies,’ and create the healthy workforce that sets us apart.
With this in mind, most of our markets have implemented Employee Health & Wellness Programmes that reflect the specific needs and expectations of their people. These include weight management plans, disease prevention, daily childcare, flexible benefit schemes and flexible work arrangements.
Safety and Health
Nestlé is founded on caring: for our consumers, for the communities to which we belong, and, most fundamentally, for our colleagues. Not surprisingly, safety and health is fundamental to everything we do. We don’t accept compromises in this area. One accident is one too many for us. The focus then is on finding new and more inspiring ways of engaging everyone in the business with these issues and to build on the success we’ve already had. Our safety and health performance has improved significantly, but we’re committed to achieving zero accidents and that means we need to lead the world in our thinking and practices.
We hope this gives you a good sense of our commitment to our people. For more information about our performance in Diversity, Employee Health & Wellness, Safety and Health and other people-related topics visit our Creating Shared Value page.