We promote positive relationships throughout our policies, principles and values, seeking to ensure that disputes are settled openly and transparently. It has proven to be an effective approach, and in 2014, 29 industrial actions took place around the world (2013: 25). All labour disputes are resolved according to our principles and values.
We have continued to work closely with the International Union of Food Workers (IUF), developing a more open relationship and a willingness to work together to tackle labour-related issues around the world. The relationship is based around the new Joint Operating Principles, launched in 2013, which include a commitment to bi-annual meetings between leadership teams from both Nestlé and the IUF leadership, as well as trade union representatives. The relationship is also supported by two working groups: one that focuses on gender equality for non-managerial positions; and the second, which focuses on working conditions.
We respect the right of our employees to engage in union activities. In 2014, 29 industrial actions took place around the world (2013: 25). The percentage of working time lost due to labour disputes, strikes and/or lockouts averaged 0.016% (2013: 0.004%).