About our report

Through our Nestlé in Society reporting, we aim to share information transparently about our long-term impact on society and how this is intrinsically linked to the creation of our long-term business success.

Reporting period and scope

This report covers Nestlé’s global operations for the year ending 31 December 2014. It contains data for wholly-owned companies and subsidiaries, excluding joint ventures and suppliers, unless specifically stated. Where we refer to a ‘market’, this means our business and/or activities at a country level. The term ‘zone’ refers to a grouping of markets. In 2014, this consisted of Zone Europe, Zone Africa Oceania and Asia, and Zone Americas.

Global Reporting Initiative

The content of the Nestlé CSV full report is prepared ‘in accordance’ with comprehensive option of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 guidelines and Food Processing Sector Supplement. The report has been externally assured by Bureau Veritas. This includes assurance of the report meeting the requirements of ‘in accordance with comprehensive’ GRI G4 guidelines. A full assurance statement is available in the Nestlé CSV full report. We have undertaken a stakeholder led materiality process and 19 material issues were identified as the most material. We report fully against these 19 material issues across our report in line with G4. In addition, to these 19 material issues, as a multi-national business, we recognize that disclosures identified by GRI are relevant to a business of our size and scale, and thus we have chosen to include information against all of them.

Report boundaries

Value chain

As part of our materiality analysis, material issues were considered and mapped against the value chain of our business. The process reviewed the degree of importance stakeholders place on issues in different parts of the value chain and where financial, operational and reputational impacts would be felt in the value chain. The results have been used to inform the scope and boundaries of information included in this report.

Value Chain

Environmental data

Our environmental data refers to factories and warehouses (excluding some recent acquisitions), and safety and health data refers to approximately 339 000 employees.

Nestlé’s climate change disclosures were made in conformance with the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) framework requirements. We follow the standards of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol to establish our GHG inventory, which includes scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. We use boundaries based on operational control as this better reflects the reality of our business operations. We also refer to our response to the CDP Investor Information Request, which contains comprehensive details of the Group’s climate change disclosures and performance.


We have identified a wide range of stakeholders who have an interest in this report and hold regular dialogue with them, including NGOs, think tanks, foundations, organisations, governments, socially responsible investors, our consumers and our suppliers.


This report is subject to independent assurance by Bureau Veritas. The aim of this process is to provide reassurance to Nestlé’s stakeholders of the accuracy, reliability and objectivity of the reported information, and that it covers the issues material to the business. To view the scope of work and observations, please view the assurance statement on the Nestlé website.

Currency conversion

All the amounts cited in this report have been converted to Swiss francs (CHF) using the exchange rates as reported in the consolidated financial statements of the Nestlé Group 2014.

Contact us

We hope you find this report engaging and informative, and we continue to welcome your input and views: creatingsharedvalue@nestle.com


A market may include more than one country.