Our Corporate Business Principles

It is essential that we build our business on clear principles and sound governance. It helps us to maintain trust in the Nestlé brand and reduces risk throughout our value chain. The Nestlé Corporate Business Principles (pdf, 1 Mb) regulate the way we do business and they form the basis of our culture, our values and our Creating Shared Value strategy. They are regularly reviewed by our Executive Board and aligned with international best practice, incorporating global standards such as the UN Global Compact Principles.

The Nestlé Corporate Business Principles

All of our employees are required to comply with Nestlé’s Corporate Business Principles and we continuously monitor their application and effectiveness. Our principles are implemented every day, across the company, through relevant business codes, policies, processes and tools.

Consumers 1 Nutrition, Health and Wellness We aim to enhance the quality of consumers’ lives by offering tastier, healthier food and drinks and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
2 Quality assurance and product safety We want to ensure that, everywhere in the world, the Nestlé name represents the highest levels of product safety and quality.
3 Consumer communication We are committed to responsible, reliable communication that informs consumers, promotes healthier diets. We respect consumer privacy.
Human rights and labour practices 4 Human rights in our business activities We fully support the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) guiding principles on human rights and labour, and aim to set an example of good human rights and labour practices throughout our business activities.
Our people 5 Leadership and personal responsibility While fostering a culture of respect and dignity, we provide our people with equal opportunities for development, protect their privacy and do not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination against them. At the same time, we expect our employees to be responsible, motivated, and to respect our values.
6 Safety and health at work We are committed to preventing work-related accidents, injuries and illnesses, and to protecting employees, contractors and others involved along the value chain.
7 Supplier and customer relations We require our suppliers, agents, subcontractors and their employees to demonstrate honesty, integrity and fairness, and to adhere to our non-negotiable standards.
Suppliers and customers 8 Agriculture and rural development We aim to help rural communities become more environmentally sustainable by contributing to improvements in agricultural production and the social and economic status of farmers.
9 Environmental sustainability We are committed to environmentally sustainable business practices and strive to use natural resources efficiently, achieve zero waste and use sustainably managed renewable resources.
The environment 10 Water The world faces a growing water challenge, and we are committed to using water sustainably and improving our water management.