The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Since 2002, we have been collaborating with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). We were the founding corporate sponsor of the Africa Health Initiative with its main focus on HIV/AIDS prevention programmes. From 2006 onwards, we supported projects related to the International Federation’s Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (GWSI). The partnership was renewed for the third time in 2010, for three years. Under this agreement, we are contributing to projects on water and sanitation in the cocoa-growing villages of Côte d’Ivoire, food security and is supporting the IFRC’s World Disasters Report.
In Côte d’Ivoire, we have partnered with the IFRC and the Croix-Rouge de la Côte d’Ivoire on Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) to raise awareness of the importance of latrines and hand washing. The partnership is also creating water management projects such as drilling boreholes and establishing pumps in villages where water is scarce. The outcomes are dramatically lower infant mortality rates and stomach infections from water-borne diseases, but also higher female literacy, a key factor in reducing poverty.
The third phase of the Côte d’Ivoire water and sanitation project is now underway and is focusing on improving health and hygiene among schoolchildren, teachers, and communities in Côte d’Ivoire, by providing access to clean drinking water and sanitation, as well as training and community outreach. This will cover 55 schools, 66 water points and sanitation facilities and at least 75,000 beneficiaries in the cocoa-growing areas of Côte d’Ivoire.
Collaboration with National Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies:
Brazil: product donations during the flood seasons.
Caribbean region: product donations and employee volunteering specifically regarding relief efforts.
China: cash and product donations during the earthquake in Sichuan province in 2008 (RMB9 million), the Yushu earthquake in 2010 (RMB 500,000), and the Yingjiang earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011 (RMB 280,000).
Chile: product donations toward a collection fund.
Czech Republic/Slovakia: food donations to both the Czech and Slovak Red Cross.
Greece: regular product donations to low-income families.
India: Nestlé India collaborated with the Indian Red Cross Society to develop a brochure for basic nutrition knowledge for people living with HIV/AIDS, which has now been translated into six regional languages: Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi and distributed free of cost by the Indian Red Cross to people living with HIV/AIDS. We have also partnered with the Red Cross Society previously to set up clean drinking water projects.
Indonesia: in collaboration with the Indonesian Red Cross, we are providing access to clean water to communities in Telagaluhur village, Serang regency. Started in 2008, this programme has provided the community with one deep well, five public toilets and eight public hydrants. Several training programmes on water management, hygiene and environmental sanitation were conducted for volunteers and community members. A similar project is being implemented in Pasuran, near our factory in Kejayan. We also co-sponsor the Indonesian Red Cross blood donation drive.
Italy: we donated bottled water during the earthquake in Abruzzo in 2009, and made cash donations to support the relief effort following the earthquake/tsunami in Japan and the Horn of Africa drought in 2011.
Korea: we have made donations of about CHF 10,550 every year since 2004, used mainly to support children from low-income families.
Mexico: we participate with the local Red Cross through natural disasters protocols and their winter plan donations. We are also part of their annual collection campaign providing them with economic support each year.
Nigeria: product donations for the victims of the flood disaster in Nigeria in 2012.
Russia: cash donations to emergency relief in Haiti, Japan and floods in Krymsk, Russia.
Rwanda: The Nyanza water project (10km of pipeline, 7 water points, 2 tanks and pumping station) funded by the Norwegian Red Cross has been operating since March 2012. The first phase of project has been completed and is providing 7,000 people with safe drinking water. The second phase will support 5,000 inhabitants of Kabeza, Nyundo and Mututu villages. Our operations in the Equatorial African region contributed towards the completion of phase two of the project.
Panama: we participated in a donation made to the Red Cross of Panama to help the flood victims in 2012.
Philippines: member of the local Red Cross and support many local programmes of the Red Cross such as the Million Volunteer Run, blood donation programme, and its first aid and disaster rescue operation seminar and workshop. During natural calamities, all donations of Nestlé Philippines are directed to the central office of the National Red Cross.
Singapore: we made cash donations to support relief efforts after the Asian tsunami, floods in Myanmar and the Japanese nuclear disaster/tsunami.
Spain: we have been collaborating with the local Red Cross since 1963. We organized employee donations following the disasters in Haiti and Pakistan (in 2010), and for the Japan earthquake (in March 2011) and the Horn of Africa drought (in 2011). We matched employee donations, and a final amount of Euro 36,000 was donated to our local Red Cross in 2011. To recognise our 50-year collaboration, we were awarded a certificate in recognition of our support to all the solidarity campaigns since 1963.
Switzerland: we have implemented a project called Entourage with the Red Cross Vaudoise, in collaboration with Caritas and Pro Senectute project offering various services for the elderly.
Thailand: we support the Thai Red Cross in several special events such as World AIDS Day.
USA: at the national level, our focus is on disaster response and support is provided through product donations. Our most recent effort was during Hurricane Sandy, when we raised a total of USD 72,204. In 2011, we made matching contributions to help support relief efforts following the earthquake in Japan, the Pacific tsunami and the tornadoes in south-eastern United States. We also support the American Red Cross through our annual Community Care Campaign. We donated 45 truckloads of water, or approximately 1.7M bottles in 2012. At the local level, we support the chapter local to our headquarters. We sit on the board of the local Red Cross and provide financial support via an annual donation, as well as water when requested.
Ukraine: we make product donations to homeless children, invalids, and pensioners with low income.
Nestlé Waters Canada: regular donations of bottled water during emergencies. In 2012, we donated almost USD 100,000 worth of bottled water as part of relief efforts after natural disasters. Over the last ten years, we have donated millions of bottles of water during floods in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan, forest fires in British Columbia and northern Ontario, heat waves in southern Ontario and boil-water advisories and other potable water challenges across Canada.
United Nations Foundation – Every Woman Every Child Initiative (EWEC)
Every Woman Every Child is a multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to encourage governments, civil society and private sector companies to improve the lives of vulnerable women and children. The initiative was launched in September 2010 by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and is currently supported by 200 partners. In 2011, we became the first food and beverage company to pledge its commitment to EWEC. Our commitment is based on increasing support for five of our current Creating Shared Value programmes.
- Expanding the global Healthy Kids Programme
- Creating more income generating opportunities for women in Brazil through product distribution
- Empowering female dairy farmers in Pakistan
- Providing access to education for children and women in Morocco, and
- Creating awareness about hygiene and sanitation in schools in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
International Diabetes Federation (IDF)
We signed a 3-year partnership with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in March 2012. We will be a World Diabetes Day partner for three years from 2012 to 2014, providing input into the implementation of this key global campaign and using the global network of both organizations, working with local IDF chapters and our offices, to broaden the awareness of diabetes around the world. In addition, together we will identify suitable projects to promote diabetes education and prevention.
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)
In January 2012, we signed a 5-year global partnership with the IAAF that focuses on promoting and encouraging physical activity and good nutrition amongst children in select countries where we have operations. We will provide financial support for the further worldwide development of IAAF Kids’ Athletics, which is one of the biggest grassroots development programmes in the world of sports. Our support for Kids’ Athletics complements our Healthy Kids Global Programme.
In 2012, together with the IAAF, we held Kids Athletics events in 21 countries: Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Senegal, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, and Ukraine.
EPODE International Network (EPODE International Network EIN)
In 2012, we became one of two private partners of the EPODE International Network, the world’s largest obesity prevention network. EPODE stands for Ensemble, Prévenons l’Obésité Des Enfants (Together, Let’s Prevent Childhood Obesity). The original EPODE pilot programme began in France in 1992, with the aim of preventing children from becoming overweight by changing their eating habits and lifestyle patterns at an early age. It emphasises the introduction of varied foods into children’s diets, greater physical activity, and the involvement of families and wider society in obesity prevention efforts from the outset. The network’s goal is to support 40 large-scale community-based programmes on five continents by 2015.
Pan American Forum for Action on NCDs (PAFNCD)
Under the auspices of PAHO (Pan American Health Organisation), PAFNCD offers a platform for stakeholders to confront the non-communicable diseases epidemic in the Americas. PAHO serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization. In May 2012, we made a financial contribution to a Trust Fund for Action on Chronic and Non-Communicable Diseases. We are currently engaged with PAHO on matters related to workplace wellness and sodium reduction and supported PAHO’s Wellness Week in 2012.
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) supports efforts by Latin American and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality in a sustainable, climate-friendly manner. The IDB approached us to start a partnership in Latin America and we developed a partnership with them in Haiti where we will provide coffee growing farmers with technical support.
A cooperation agreement between Nestlé Dominicana and the IDB on upgrading the coffee value chain in Haiti was signed in 2012.
Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)
We have been working with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) since October 2008, when the DIHR was consulted on the human rights aspects during the preparation of the new edition of the Corporate Business Principles. In 2009, and in the light of the “Protect, Respect, Remedy (pdf, 133 Kb)" framework of John Ruggie, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Business and Human Rights, we examined our human rights responsibilities, risks and opportunities. A comprehensive human rights analysis of our corporate policies and systems across eight functional areas concluded in November 2009.
In 2012, working with the Danish Institute for Human Rights, we carried out three Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIAs) in Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. These add to the four assessments we’ve carried out in Colombia (2010), and Nigeria, Angola and Sri Lanka (2011).
In 2013, our partnership with the DIHR will be extended for another two years to strengthen our 8-pillar Human Rights Due Diligence Programme.
For more information on our work with the Danish Institute for Human Rights, please visit Human Rights.
Fair Labor Association (FLA)
The Fair Labor Association (FLA) is a collaborative effort of universities, civil society organizations and socially responsible companies dedicated to protecting workers’ rights around the world. In 2011, we began working with the FLA(a non-profit multi-stakeholder initiative) on the hazelnut supply chain in Turkey. Also with the FLA, we are looking into child labour in the cocoa supply chain in Côte d'Ivoire. We became a formal member of the FLA in 2012.
For more information on our work with the Fair Labor Association, please visit Other Commodities and Farm and Factory Workers.
The Forest Trust (TFT)
In 2010, we entered into a partnership with The Forest Trust (TFT), a global non-profit organisation whose main focus has been to provide solutions to the issue of deforestation. We are the first global consumer goods company to become a TFT member. We work together to ensure the responsible sourcing of palm oil and pulp and paper.
For more information on our work with The Forest Trust, please visit Managing Responsible Sourcing and Deforestation.
Proforest helps companies, government departments, non-governmental and civil society organisations to achieve the sustainable use of the world’s natural resources. We’re working together to develop and implement Responsible Sourcing Guidelines (RSGs) on sugar.
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
In early 2014, we partnered with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to work together to further improve farm animal welfare in our global supply chain. WSPA is a leading global animal welfare NGO, with UN Consultative status. It works in more than 50 countries worldwide, collaborating with communities, organisations, businesses and governments to help improve animal welfare.
Nestlé is the first major food company to enter into a global partnership with an international animal welfare NGO. We first began working with WSPA in November 2013 to assess our suppliers of animal-derived ingredients against our Responsible Sourcing Guideline (RSG) on farm animal welfare.