|Build knowledge leadership in children’s nutrition through a deep understanding of their dietary intakes and lifestyle habits
||Implement large-scale dietary surveys to identify key nutrient gaps, understand dietary and lifestyle patterns of pregnant women, babies and children up to 12 years of age through the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study and the Kids Nutrition and Health Study, as well as through the Nestlé Nutrition Institute, a professional scientific community of 210 000 members, 70% of whom are active in maternal and child nutrition.
||The Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS), for example, has been conducted twice in the USA and implemented in five other countries. FITS examines the specific intakes and eating patterns of children aged 0–4 in relation to recommendations from the authorities. The studies identified nutritional gaps and poor dietary patterns, including inadequate intake of key nutrients such as iron and vegetables.
||By 2016 – Launch large-scale research projects in at least 10 countries across the globe, including the USA, Mexico, China and France.
|Lead the industry in nutrition and health research through internal programmes and external collaborations with top institutions
||Launched in 2011, Nestlé Health Science is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nestlé. Its mission is to use the knowledge generated by the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences to pioneer innovative nutritional solutions for people with chronic medical conditions. Nestlé Health Science focuses on six areas: ageing medical care, critical care/surgery, paediatric medical care, brain health, metabolic health, and gastrointestinal health.
||The NIHS received two EU-funded grants, a European Research Council award on biological-clock-regulated metabolism, and a second on developing human models of metabolic dysfunction. The collaboration between the NRC and the EpiGen Consortium (an international alliance of the world’s leading epigenetics researchers) was extended in 2013. The aim is to understand and substantiate optimal nutrition for mothers during pregnancy and for infants to promote metabolic health throughout life.
||By 2016 – To further develop and integrate the molecular nutrition capabilities and clinical strategies of the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) and the Nestlé Clinical Development Unit to better define health globally for the prevention and management of disease using nutritional solutions. To refocus the Nestlé Research Center (NRC) on five key platforms: Healthy Ageing; Healthy Pleasure; First 1000 days and Healthy Kids; Sustainable Nutrition; and Food Safety and Integrity.
|Provide nutritionally sound products designed for children
||Nestlé Nutritional Profiling System/Nestlé Nutritional Foundation criteria Nestlé Children’s Healthy Growth Strategy
||At the end of 2013, 96% of our
products met all of the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation criteria for children (2012: 89%), which are based on international public health recommendations, such as those of the World Health Organization and the Institute of Medicine.
||By 2014 – 100% of our children’s products will meet all Nestlé Nutritional Foundation criteria for children.
|Help reduce the risk of under-nutrition through micronutrient fortification
||Nestlé Micronutrient Fortification Policy (2000, updated 2011) Nestlé Biofortification Programme: sourcing conventionally‑bred staple food crops which are biofortified with essential vitamins and minerals in order to promote their planting and consumption by rural populations in developing countries.
||In 2013, we provided over 167 billion servings of nutritious and fortified foods and beverages such as products used to prepare family meals, dairy products, powdered beverages or cereals for children (2012: over 150 billion). In 2013, six biofortified products (rice, wheat, maize, sweet potato, cassava and millet) were in development in our R&D centres (2012: eight crops).
||By 2016 – We will reach 200 billion micronutrient fortified servings of foods and beverages annually worldwide, with a special focus on children and women of childbearing age.
By 2015 – We will launch biofortified products in key markets as a complement to direct fortification.
|Reduce sodium (salt) in our products
||Nestlé Policy on Sodium (Salt) (2005, updated 2014) based on WHO recommendations
||In November 2013, we pledged to accelerate salt reduction across all of our savoury food products to support the WHO salt target. In 2012 our culinary and breakfast cereal recipes contained 14 043 tonnes less salt than in 2005, a 3.3% reduction of salt in culinary products (volumes) compared to 2011. In 2013, 96% of our children’s products met the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation sodium criteria (2012: 90%).
||By 2014 – 100% of children’s products meet the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation sodium criteria.
By 2016 – We will further reduce salt content by 10% in products that do not meet the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation criteria.
|Reduce sugars in our products
||Nestlé Policy on Sugars (2007, updated 2014) based on WHO recommendations
||At the end of 2013, 96% of our children’s products met the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation sugars criteria (2012: 90%).
||By 2015 – Reduce the sugar content in any serving of children’s or teenagers’ breakfast cereal brands to 9 g or less per serving.
By 2016 – We will further reduce sugar content by 10% in products that do not meet the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation criteria.
|Reduce saturated fats and remove trans fats originating from partially hydrogenated oils in our products
||Nestlé Policy on Saturated Fats (2009, updated 2014) based on WHO recommendations Nestlé Policy on Trans Fats (2003, updated 2014) based on WHO recommendations
||Since the establishment of the Nestlé Policy on saturated fat, saturated fat levels of numerous products – especially children’s products – have been significantly reduced. At the end of 2013, 96% of our children’s products met the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation saturated fats criteria (2012: 90%). With regard to trans fats, at the end of 2013, almost all our food and beverage products met our Nestlé Policy. In 2014, we are further strengthening our commitment to continuous improvement by updating this policy to remove all trans fats originating from partially hydrogenated oils from all of our foods and beverages.
||By 2014 – 100% of children’s products meet the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation saturated fats criteria.
By 2016 – We will further reduce saturated fat content by 10% in products that do not meet the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation criteria and we will remove trans fats originating from partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs).
|Help increase consumption of whole grains and vegetables, including via healthier home cooking
||Nestlé adding whole grains to breakfast cereals. Nestlé promoting vegetable consumption via teaching home cooking and healthy meal structure.
||At the end of 2013, our Maggi Cooking Lesson Programme was taking place in 16 countries (2012: eight countries), teaching balanced home cooking and a healthy meal structure. To date, 68% of the Maggi product portfolio promotes home cooking and meals with vegetables. We have also introduced more whole grains than any other ingredient in at least 74% of servings of our children’s or teenagers’ breakfast cereals (2012: breakfast cereals with the Green Banner on-pack contained at least 8 g whole grain per serving).
||By 2015 – More whole grain than any other ingredient in any serving of children’s or teenagers’ breakfast cereals.
By 2015 – Maggi Cooking Lesson Programme will be ongoing in 30 countries.
By 2015 – 90% of Maggi product portfolio worldwide promoting home cooking and meals with vegetables.
|Deliver nutrition information and advice on all our labels
||Nestlé Standard on Nutritional Compass Labelling (2005, updated 2011)Nestlé Standard on Nutrition/Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) Labelling (2006, updated 2013)
||At the end of 2013, we were featuring GDA-based labels on 53.5% of our relevant products and started preparing for using children’s reference values where regulations allow. In 2013, we also developed guidelines to help marketing teams provide nutritional information to consumers through QR codes. These are implemented on more than 160 product lines across 13 brands in 36 countries.
||By 2016 – All our relevant food and beverage products worldwide will have Guideline Daily Amount (GDA)-based labels on front of pack.
By 2016 – We will introduce GDA-based labelling, based on children’s reference values, to all products designed for children, where regulations allow.
By 2016 – Provide further product information and nutrition advice on pack, via Quick Response (QR) codes for smartphones.
|Provide portion guidance
||Nestlé Portion Guidance initiative: making the right size and frequency of consumption as intuitive as possible (launched 2011).
||By the end of 2013, children’s and family products amounting to sales of CHF 12.6 billion already offered specific portion guidance.
||By 2015 – Provide portion guidance on all children’s and family products.
|Promote healthy diets and lifestyles/physical activity
||Nestlé Healthy Kids Programme (launched 2009): teaching schoolchildren about healthy diets and active lifestyles, in partnership with appropriate stakeholders, including the International Association of Athletics Federations.
||At the end of 2013, we were actively working with more than 280 partners to deliver our Healthy Kids Global Programme in 68 countries (2012: 64 countries). These efforts increase children’s basic knowledge of the importance of nutrition and exercise, and reached 6.9 million children in 2013 alone.
||By 2015 – Nestlé Healthy Kids Global Programme will be ongoing in 80 countries, with the activation of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Kids Athletics programme.
|Promote healthy hydration as part of healthy lifestyles
||Gather medical evidence and raise awareness about the essential role of hydration for health, with a special focus on children (launched 2010). Water Education for Teachers (Project WET)
||In 2013, we completed additional research on children’s hydration status in Egypt and are preparing scientific publications on the results. We also launched new awareness-raising campaigns, for example in the USA and Turkey.
||By 2014 – Further implement our
fact-based healthy hydration awareness programme for healthcare professionals, caregivers and parents worldwide.
|Implement nutrition education programmes to promote good nutrition practices
||Nestlé Nutrition Institute led programmes and services for healthcare professionals focused on the first 1000 days of life, from conception to the second birthday. Nestlé provides employees with Nutrition Quotient training.
||We offer nutrition education for healthcare professionals through the Nestlé Nutrition Institute (NNI), an independent not-for-profit organisation, which is the world’s largest private publisher of nutritional information. It is active in nearly 200 countries and more than 210 000 healthcare professionals are registered members of its educational website.
||Maintain continuous nutrition education and intervention programmes for healthcare professionals addressing under- and over-nutrition problems.