Our governance and advisory structure


Within our general corporate governance structure, the Chairman, the CEO and other members of the Executive Board are ultimately responsible for the supervision and management of our role in society and Creating Shared Value, supported by a number of internal management bodies including: our Operations Sustainability Council, Issues Round Table, Audit Committee, Risk Management Committee, R&D Council for Sustainability and Nutrition, the Nestlé in Society Board and the Group Compliance Committee. External advisory groups specifically provide counsel on Creating Shared Value, including: the CSV Council and the Nestlé Nutrition Council.

Our governance and advisory structure

Nestlé in Society Board

The Nestlé in Society Board, chaired by our CEO, oversees the strategic implementation of Creating Shared Value across our businesses. It also leads the development and evolution of our Creating Shared Value, environmental sustainability, and all societal objectives and strategies. Specifically, the Board works to:

  • Ensure alignment and coherence of all activities and work streams related to Nestlé’s positioning in society;
  • Assess and draw appropriate conclusions from societal developments affecting Nestlé
  • Further strengthen Nestlé’s credentials in Creating Shared Value – with focus on nutrition, water and rural development – environmental sustainability and compliance, thereby covering all dimensions of the Nestlé in Society pyramid; and
  • Drive Nestlé’s nutrition, health and wellness agenda.

The Nestlé in Society Board reverts to the Executive Board for input and confirmation.

CSV Council biographies

The Nestlé CSV Council brings together external experts in corporate social responsibility, nutrition, water and rural development to assess Nestlé’s progress and discuss Creating Shared Value opportunities and challenges. The CSV Council has 12 members. They are designated for three years and meet annually. In addition to advising Nestlé Management on the specific tools of implementation of the Creating Shared Value concept, the CSV Board members also participate in Nestlé’s annual CSV Global Forum and select the winner of the Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value. CSV Council meetings are chaired by Nestlé’s Head of Public Affairs, Ms. Janet Voûte.

Nancy Birdsall is the founding president of the Center for Global Development. Before founding the Center, she served for three years as Senior Associate and Director of the Economic Reform Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From 1993 to 1998, she was Executive Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank. Before joining the Inter-American Development Bank she spent 14 years in research, policy and management positions at the World Bank.

Robert E. Black is Chairman of the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has devoted his research and professional activities to reducing the number of unnecessary child deaths from diarrhoea, pneumonia, malaria, measles and malnutrition. His many studies are also focused on the impact of nutrition programmes in developing countries and the strengthening of public health training.

John Elkington is co-founder of SustainAbility, and Founding Partner and Director of Volans. He is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development. In 2004, BusinessWeek described him as “a dean of the corporate responsibility movement for three decades” and in 2008, The Evening Standard named John among the “1000 Most Influential People” in London, describing him as “a true green business guru” and “an evangelist for corporate social and environmental responsibility long before it was fashionable.”

Venkatesh Mannar is former President of the Micronutrient Initiative (MI), having overseen the implementation of MI’s global mandate to support national actions to eliminate micronutrient malnutrition. MI works in collaboration with major international agencies, national governments, private industry and NGOs to expand and strengthen national programmes through a combination of technical, operational and funding support.

Ruth Khasaya Oniang’o is formerly Professor of Food Science and Nutrition at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya and adjunct Professor of Nutrition at Tufts University in the USA. She is also Founder and Executive Director of the Rural Outreach Program Kenya, as well as Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development. She has published and communicated widely on household food and nutritional security, women’s nutrition and children’s health, works in rural developments focused on women smallholder farmers and is a former member of parliament in Kenya.

Prabhu Pingali is Professor and Director of the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition initiative at Cornell University and Full Professor in Applied Economics. He has more than 25 years of experience in assessing the extent and impact of technical change in developing agriculture in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He was formerly the Deputy Director of the Agriculture Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Director of the Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University in 1982.

Michael E. Porter is Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at the Harvard Business School. He is a leading authority on competitive strategy, the competitiveness and economic development of nations, states and regions, and the application of competitive principles to social problems such as healthcare, the environment and corporate responsibility.

Robert L. Thompson is a visiting scholar at John Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. He is Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Policy at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, is an international authority on agricultural development and international agricultural trade policy. He is a Senior Fellow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and serves on the USDA-USTR Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade and the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council. Formerly, he was Director of Rural Development at the World Bank, Dean of Agriculture at Purdue University, and Assistant Secretary for Economics at the US Department of Agriculture.

Kraisid Tontisirin is Director of the Institute of Nutrition at Mahidol University in Thailand and FAO’s former Director of the Nutrition and Consumer Protection Division. He is President of the 2009 International Congress of Nutrition Organizing Committee, which was held in Bangkok in October 2009. He has an extensive background in successful efforts to improve diets and reduce nutritional deficiencies in developing countries.

Ajay Vashee was, most recently, President of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP), which represented farmers at the world level. Elected at the 38th IFAP World Farmers’ meeting in June 2008, he was the first President from a developing country (Zambia).

Ann M. Veneman has a distinguished career in public service. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of UNICEF from May 2005 to April 2010; previously, she was US Secretary of Agriculture from 2001 to 2005. While at UNICEF, she worked to advance issues to support child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all, access to clean water and sanitation, and the protection of children and women from violence, exploitation and HIV/AIDS. In 2009, she was named in the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list, ranking 46th. Ann M. Veneman serves as co-Chair of Mother’s Day Every Day, a bipartisan campaign to raise awareness and resources to improve the health of mothers and newborns globally.

Alexander J.B. Zehnder is the Scientific Director of the Alberta Water Research Institute in Edmonton, Canada, founder and director of triple Z Ltd, Visiting Professor at NTU, and Professor emeritus of ETH Zurich. His major knowledge areas comprise qualitative and quantitative aspects of water, water policy, relation between food and water security, virtual water trade, water infrastructures; scientific and economic fundamentals for sustainable development; developing capital market instruments; microbiology; managing small and medium enterprises and large public institutions and universities.

Nestlé Nutrition Council

The Nestlé Nutrition Council is an independent advisory panel, composed of leading international nutrition scientists. The Council considers aspects of nutrition and health relevant to Nestlé and organises the Annual Nestlé International Nutrition Symposium. The Council is chaired by Executive Vice President, Stefan Catsicas, and meets twice a year.