Human rights

Our commitment: Assess and address human rights impacts in our operations and supply chain

Our commitment: Assess and address human rights impacts in our operations and supply chain

Our objectives

By 2015 – All FTSE4Good Countries of Concern where we operate are covered and our employees trained to reduce human rights risks in our operations.

By 2015 – Include human rights across all 12 commodity categories covered by the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Guideline.

Our progress

In 2014, we trained a further 7 485 employees on human rights across 11 FTSE4Good Countries of Concern. Since 2011, we have trained 49 444 employees across 64 countries.

All 12 commodity categories are covered by the human rights clause of the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Guideline, and some have further commodity-specific human rights clauses.

In 2014, we carried out Human Rights Impact Assessments in Pakistan and formalised as a Group commitment our Responsible Sourcing Guideline for all upstream supply chain sourcing back to farms.

Our perspective

Nestlé operates with a fundamental respect for the rights of the people we employ, do business and interact with along our value chain. Maintaining these high standards across the company makes us more effective in our approach to compliance (for example, in our fight against child labour and corruption) while ensuring that human rights – such as workers’ freedom of association, local communities’ access to water or consumer privacy – are respected.

We continue to roll out our Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) Programme and strive for continuous improvement in this area. Stakeholder engagement is one of the programme’s eight pillars so in April 2014, based on our Talking the Human Rights Walk report, we consulted stakeholders in London on our approach to human rights and rural development. A discussion, facilitated by the Danish Institute for Human Rights, gathered 20 human rights and rural development experts from NGOs, intergovernmental organisations, think tanks, consultancies and trade associations. The results of this discussion will be integrated into our overall HRDD Programme and into the future Human Rights Impact Assessments that we will carry out.

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