We apply our strong values and principles everywhere we operate. Our overriding
aim is to ensure that our investments are beneficial, both for our shareholders
and people in the countries where we do business.
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
Nestlé’s Corporate Business Principles incorporate the 10
UNGC Principles on Human Rights, Labour, the Environment and Corruption.
We are an active member of several of the
UNGC s Working Groups and initiatives, including LEAD, the platform
for companies with a history of engagement with the UN Global Compact.
CEO Water Mandate
Nestlé is a founding signatory of this initiative, which is designed to help companies
develop, implement and disclose their water sustainability policies and practices.
UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
We regard the MDGs as highly
important objectives. We contribute to partnerships that harness local knowledge
and capabilities for positive, sustainable change.
In 2005, we produced a first report on what we are doing to help reach the MDGs. In 2010, two-thirds of
the way to the UN’s 2015 deadline, we
prepared and issued a second report, charting our contributions to the
MDGs. We identified 292 initiatives that contribute to one or more
of the Goals worldwide. Fifty-six projects in 36 countries were focused on combating
poverty and hunger issues (Goal 1), but others had notable impacts on environmental
sustainability (Goal 7) and building partnerships (Goal 8).
Click on the links below to see recent examples of Nestlé’s actions:
Eradicate extreme poverty and
The Nescafé Plan
Achieve universal primary
Promote gender equality and
Women livestock workers, Pakistan
Reduce child mortality
Water and sanitation projects, South Asia
Improve maternal health
Micronutrient fortification, Nigeria
Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and
HIV/AIDS, South Africa
Combating deforestation: partnership with
The Forest Trust
Develop global partnerships
International Federation of Red Cross and
Red Crescent Societies
International Human Rights Standards
We are committed to respecting human rights, as set out in the International Bill
of Rights, made of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic,
Social and Cultural Rights, as well as in the
ILO Core Conventions.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
We are committed to promoting respect for human rights and recognise our responsibility
for guaranteeing them, as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions
We are guided by international norms and principles on labour and in particular
the ILO Eight Core
Conventions on Fundamental Rights. We support the
ILO ’s Tripartite Declaration for Multinational Enterprises.
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
We adhere to the
OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, which were updated
in 2011 to include human rights.
World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes
We have developed a strong policy articulating our commitment to and implementation
of the WHO Code.
WHO Global Strategy on Diet,
Physical Activity and Health
Nestlé sponsored and participated in a symposium that brought together members of
government, academia, civil society and the private sector to discuss how different
sectors of society need to work together to implement the strategy.
UN high-level meeting on non-communicable
disease prevention and control
We provided input on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA)
Nestlé is a founding member of the
IFBA , which supports the WHO
’s Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health – for example,
by reformulating and developing new products that support the goals of improving