International Food & Beverage Alliance (IFBA)
The International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) is a group of food and non-alcoholic beverage companies with a global presence and the common goal to help consumers in all nations achieve balanced diets and healthy lifestyles. Through our membership in IFBA, we voluntarily commit to support WHO’s Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (pdf, 2 Mb). IFBA reports annually on its progress on the five commitments to the World Health Organisation.
For more information on our work with IFBA, please visit Responsible Advertising and Marketing.
We chair the Environmental Sustainability Committee of FoodDrinkEurope , which represents the European food and drink industry. It recently launched an ‘Environmental Sustainability Vision Towards 2030’ report that featured our efforts to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020, source 100% certified sustainable palm oil by 2015.
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
We are working with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) to identify key areas where local initiatives for better water management in agriculture could be developed. These include a six-month pilot project (now completed) to study the water footprint of milk and other local crops in Punjab, India and another project currently ongoing in Vietnam.
Alliance for Water Stewardship
The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is a collaboration of some of the world’s leading players in sustainable water resource management, all committed to driving collective responses to shared water risk through a stakeholder-endorsed international Water Stewardship Standard. As a participant in the AWS, we are working with others towards establishing a voluntary certification programme.
For more information on our work with AWS, please visit Water: Collective Action.
Water Footprint Network
The Water Footprint Network is an international learning community that connects diverse parties interested in sustainability, equitability and efficiency of water use. The mission of the Water Footprint Network, founded in 2008, is to promote the transition towards sustainable, fair and efficient use of fresh water resources worldwide.
For more information on our work with the Water Footprint Network, please visit Water: Collective Action.
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed in 2004, in response to the global call for sustainably produced palm oil. It aims to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders. We joined the Roundtable in 2009.
Common Code for the Coffee Community
We are a member of The Common Code for the Coffee Community (‘4C’), a non-profit, industry-wide initiative building on a voluntary code of conduct adopted by coffee producers, traders, civil society and other stakeholder organisations.
International Cocoa Initiative
The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), of which we are a founding member, works with the cocoa industry, civil society, and labour unions and governments. ICI’s programmes have shown a way forward in combating issues of child labour and forced labour in cocoa-growing areas. Through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, we have committed to help ICI ensure that children in cocoa-growing communities are not exploited and have access to education. ICI is also our main partner for the implementation of our Action Plan on Responsible Sourcing of Cocoa from Cote D’Ivoire (pdf, 451 Kb).
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
We recently rejoined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) whose wide ranging work touches on areas of key importance for us, from issues of environmental sustainability to social and economic development.
José Lopez, the Executive Vice President of Operations, now represents us on the WBCSD Council. As a first major action following renewed membership, we became the first signatory to the WBCSD's Manifesto for Access to Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at the Workplace.
Nestlé and Nespresso work closely with the Rainforest Alliance, which works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour.
In 2012, we worked with Conservation International on the production of our Responsible Sourcing Guidelines for soya, as well as a unique and detailed analysis examining trends within the principle regions where deforestation is occurring. The latter project provides us with crucial information that will allow us to better evaluate where we need to prioritise our efforts to ensure that no deforestation occurs in our supply chain.
Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership
We are an active member of the University of Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform, a major business-led programme focusing on practical evidence, action and policy influence. The cross-sectoral platform, set up in 2010 as part of the University of Cambridge Natural Capital programme, addresses the impacts of ecosystems and Natural Capital loss and degradation on business, their customers and wider society. A series of collaboratory work programmes are currently further delving deeper into topics, such as the pricing of externalities, and will be used to advocate for changes by both businesses and governments.
Consumer Goods Forum
The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) is a global industry network that brings together the CEOs and senior management of more than 650 retailers, manufacturers, service providers and other stakeholders across 70 countries. It is focused on advancing the industry through strategic priorities including health and wellness and sustainability. In November 2012, we joined the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) of the CGF. Anthony Huggett, our Head for Global Quality Management, will be our representative on GFSI’s Board.
Global Reporting Initiative
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines inform our approach as a best practice reporter in sustainability topics. We contributed to the Food Sector Supplement and also became a member of the GRI Stakeholder Council in January 2012.
Our 2012 GRI Context Index can found here.
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is a strategic policy initiative for businesses committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. We are one of 56 companies invited to join the UN Global Compact LEAD (see below). We are also a founding signatory of the CEO Water Mandate and a member of the Human Rights and Labour Working Groups and the Supply Chain Advisory Group.
Our Corporate Business Principles incorporate the 10 UN Global Compact (UNGC) Principles on Human Rights, Labour, the Environment and Corruption. They reflect the basic concepts of fairness, honesty and respect for people and the environment in all our business actions. We reiterate our strong support to the UN Global Compact, its 10 Principles and to its Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership.
This is a leadership platform comprising a select group of about 56 UN Global Compact “champion” companies. LEAD is deeply integrated into other UN Global Compact engagement opportunities – including, notably, the approximately 90 Global Compact Local Networks; the six global working groups as well as the Caring for Climate and CEO Water Mandate initiatives. Companies that participate in the LEAD are committed to implementing the Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership (pdf, 2 Mb) developed in 2010. We are a founding participant and member of the LEAD Steering Committee and participate in several LEAD Task Forces, such as:
UNGC LEAD Task Force on Strategic Social Investment and Philanthropy
We are an active member of this Task Force and were instrumental in the development of a good practice guide that looks at various approaches to social investment practices in the context of corporate responsibility. Titled New Paths to Performance (pdf, 2 Mb), the report examines how organizations are enhancing the impact of their social investment activities, aligning these activities with their core businesses with case studies from companies including ours. This also led to the creation of The Principles on Social Investment Secretariat to support the implementation of effective and principled social investment practices by its members.
UNGC LEAD Task Force on UN-Business Partnerships
UNGC convened this Task Force last year to strengthen the UN system in its efforts to engage business - including by convening annual UN System Private Sector meetings. The objective of UN-Business Partnership Task Force (pdf, 653 Kb) is to strengthen the UN system in its efforts to engage business and enhance existing partnership capacities and build new capacities between the UN and the private sector to address global developmental challenges. We are a member of the Steering Committee along with other UN and private sector members. Nestlé Colombia participated in the UN Private Sector Focal Points Meeting held in Bogota in December 2012.
UNGC CEO Water Mandate
The CEO Water Mandate
is a unique public-private initiative designed to assist companies in the development, implementation and disclosure of water sustainability policies and practices. We are a founding signatory of the CEO
For more information on our work on the CEO Water Mandate, please visit Water: Collective Action.
UNGC Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles
UNGC and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have initiated a process aimed at developing global voluntary business principles on sustainable agriculture for companies as well as governments and other stakeholders. The objective of this process is to develop a common understanding and agreement on what resources and impacts are needed from the global community to transform markets and agricultural supply systems and advance sustainable agriculture globally. We were one of the 20 companies that participated in the first meeting of the voluntary business principles organized by the UNGC and FAO in September 2012.
UNGC Human Rights Working Group
The UN Global Compact Human Rights Working Group is a multi-stakeholder group that aims to: advance the business and human rights agenda within the framework of the Global Compact; identify obstacles to business implementing the Global Compact human rights principles/key dilemmas faced and advise on: practical ways to overcome them; provide advice to the Global Compact Office on business and human rights; and enhance synergies and cooperation, and avoid duplication, with other initiatives on business and human rights. This year, we continued to play an active role in this Working Group by contributing to the elaboration of relevant tools and guidance documents and also attended its annual meeting that was held in December 2012 in Geneva.
UNGC Labour Working Group
The UNGC Labour Working Group was established in 2008 to raise the profile, relevance of and respect for the four labour principles among UNGC member companies and networks by developing tools, information exchange and convening fora. It draws on information and experience from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE). We are a member of this Working Group.
UNGC Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability
This Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability aims to inform and advise its members on common issues and solutions for supply chain sustainability across UN Global Compact issue areas and issues of importance. This will include the availability of practical tools and resources including guides, training, and reference documents. We are a member of this Advisory Group and participated throughout the year in its work streams on traceability and human rights.
UNGC Education First Initiative
We have committed to support a new UN initiative to boost child and youth education worldwide. This initiative was launched by the UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon at the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. We committed to strengthen and expand the following Creating Shared Value programmes that are specifically related to access and improvement of education:
- Healthy Kids global programme
- Nestlé WCF Global Schools Project, Côte d’Ivoire, and
- Water and sanitation programmes in schools, Côte d’Ivoire.
Demonstrating leadership locally
Subsequent to the clarification of the UNGC subsidiary engagement policy in 2011, we have encouraged country-level engagement with local UNGC networks.
Australia: we are a board member of the local UNGC network.
Brazil: we are a member of the local UNGC network and shared efforts during the Rio+20 summit in 2012.
China: we are a member of the Presidium of the Chinese UNGC network. At its annual meeting in November 2012, the Nescafe Plan in Yunnan was highlighted for its best practice.
Greece: we regularly participate in meetings held by the UNGC local network.
Guatemala: we are affiliated to CENTRARSE, an organization associated with the UNGC local chapter. In its last forum on Corporate Social Responsibility, the President of the Central America Region presented Nestlé as best practice examples of good managerial practice.
Honduras: we are affiliated to FUNDAHRSE, an organization associated with the UNGC local chapter.
Indonesia: we are a member of the local UNGC network (IGCN) and the Indonesian CEO Water Mandate. We were involved in the IGCN Volunteer day at Klaten, Central Java, where we provided inputs regarding water and marketing management to the local community. A case study on our water management initiative was presented during the Rio+20 summit as part of Indonesia CEO Water Mandate. As member of CEO Water Mandate, we will actively take part in the World Water Day events in March and the National Water Day 2013. We will be launching the UNGC Save Water campaign at the head office and factories in Indonesia.
Italy: we have initiated the process to join the Italian UNGC network in 2012, and should become a formal member of the network in 2013. We will be part of the supply chain group that has the objective of defining clear KPIs for selecting suppliers with defined and strict requirements.
Kenya: we hosted the Business and Human Rights forum for the local UNGC chapter in our offices in Nairobi. Fifteen participants from member organisations attended the forum, where we presented our human rights ethics in the workplace. We also participated in a one-day business roundtable event on human rights in a business context organized by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, the UNGC network Kenya, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights.
Nordic region: we participated in the UNGC local network meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Sweden.
Panama: we are affiliated to SUMARSE, an organization associated with the UNGC local chapter.
Philippines: we are an active participant of the local network, through our membership with the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Switzerland: we are a board member of the local UNGC network.
UK: we joined the local network in 2012.
We provide our Communication on Progress (COP) towards UNGC goals and principles in the form of our Nestlé in Society print report, as well as the full on-line report, which cover the Company’s efforts in implementing the advanced criteria and the Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership.
This report covers the activities and aggregated key performance indicators (KPIs) of the entire Nestlé Group, including all our subsidiaries and Globally Managed Businesses (GMB). The list of all Nestlé companies can be found in the Corporate Governance Report and Consolidated Financial Statements which, along with the CSV print report, forms an integral part of our annual reporting to shareholders. The report itself highlights specific examples of our subsidiaries and their performance in the various areas of the Creating Shared Value Pyramid. In addition, we have a large number of case studies on our “Nestlé in Society” initiatives on our website.
The Nestlé in Society report contains a comprehensive GRI index and has been externally verified by Bureau Veritas.
To simplify content research and demonstrate how we meet the UN Global Compact Advanced and LEAD Communication on Progress criteria, we provide a COP index document (pdf, 362 Kb), which can be found here:
Supporting the 10 UNGC Principles