Our governance and advisory structure

Within Nestlé’s general corporate governance structure, the Board of Directors, the Chairman, CEO and Executive Board are ultimately responsible for the supervision and management of our role in society, and for the Creating Shared Value strategy. They are supported by internal management bodies including the Nestlé in Society Board, Operations Sustainability Council, Issues Round Table, R&D Council for Sustainability and Nutrition and the Group Compliance Committee. We also take advice from external advisory groups, including through the Creating Shared Value Council and the Nestlé Nutrition Council.

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 Creating Shared Value, and all societal commitments, 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; and
  • 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.

Members of the Nestlé in Society Board are: Paul Bulcke, Patrice Bula, Stefan Catsicas, Magdi Batato, Peter Vogt, Rudolf Ramsauer, Janet Voûte and Thomas Buday. The Nestlé in Society Board reverts to the Executive Board for input and confirmation.

For more information on our governance and advisory structure, please see Nestlé’s Annual Report (pdf, 9Mb).

Internal governance structure

Nestlé Creating Shared Value Council

The Nestlé CSV Council brings together external experts to assess Nestlé’s progress and discuss Creating Shared Value opportunities and challenges. The CSV Council has 12 members with expertise covering corporate social responsibility, strategy, sustainability, nutrition, water and rural development.

In addition to advising Nestlé Management on the best ways to implement Creating Shared Value, members take part in Nestlé’s annual CSV Global Forum and form the judging panel for 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 “1 000 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 was 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, and women’s nutrition and children’s health. She works on 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 PhD 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 Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC. He is Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Policy at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and 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, the 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.

The Nestlé Nutrition Council

The Nestlé Nutrition Council is an independent advisory panel made up of leading international nutrition scientists. It is instrumental in advising on and challenging the reviews of our research programmes. The Council considers and advises our senior management team on nutrition challenges and their potential impact to Nestlé’s policies and strategy. It also organises the Annual Nestlé International Nutrition Symposium. The Council is chaired by Executive Vice President, Stefan Catsicas, and meets twice a year. Nestlé members include: Edward Baetge, Thomas Beck, Gregory Behar, Stefan Catsicas, Jose (Pepe) Saavedra, and Heiko Schipper.

  • Keiko Abe is Professor Emeritus and Project Professor at the University of Tokyo. She leads a Health and Anti-Aging project at Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) and is a committee member on several governments and corporate boards. She also heads Prime Minister Abe’s Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (2014–2019) on next-generation functional foods and agricultural-fishery products. She has received many honourable awards, including the Purple Ribbon Medal.

    Dominique C. Belli is Head of the Pediatric Department in the University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland. He is a member of the Swiss Pediatric Committee on Nutrition, as well as of the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN), having also served as a council member and Treasurer of ESPGHAN for several years.

    Zulfigar Ahmed Bhutta is the Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, the Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, and the Founding Director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health, at the Aga Khan University. He represents global academic and research organisations on the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) Board, is the Co-Chair of the Maternal and Child Health oversight committee of WHO EMRO, and also of the Global Countdown for 2015 Steering Group.

    Adam Drewnowski is Director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition; Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, and a member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. He has advised governments, foundations and industry on issues related to sustainable food and nutrition security and is the author of over 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Drewnowski is a trustee of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) and Chair of the board of trustees of ILSI Research Foundation.

    Susan M Gasser is the Director of the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research. She holds a professorship at the University of Basel, before which, she was Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Geneva. Recognised for her groundbreaking work in epigenetic inheritance and genome stability, she has been elected to the Académie de France, the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, EMBO, and has received multiple awards including the FEBS-EMBO Women in Science Award. An advisor to the European Commission, Susan Gasser also serves on scientific review panels for institutes across Europe.

    Michael Gibney is Professor of Food and Health at University College Dublin. He has previously held academic posts in nutrition at the medical schools of Trinity College Dublin and The University of Southampton. He served as the President of the Nutrition Society and has participated at high-level advisory committees to the EU and the UN, as well as national agencies. His research is focused on the integration of public health nutrition and molecular nutrition.

    Josef Penninger is founding director of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, and formerly a lead researcher at the Amgen Research Institute in Toronto. He has been awarded the Descartes Prize, the Wittgenstein Prize of the Austrian Federal Government, the Ernst Jung Prize for medical excellence, the Award as Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Innovator Award from Era of Hope/DOD and a second ERC Advanced Grant.

    Susanne Suter is the president of the Nestlé Foundation for the study of problems of nutrition in the world. She is the former Head of the Department of Pediatrics, Medical Faculty, University of Geneva and Director of the University Children’s Hospital, Geneva. She served as a member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation, and later as the President of the Swiss Science and Technology Council, as well as a member of the senate of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She is a member of the Senate of the Leibniz Gemeinschaft in Germany.

    Bruno Vellas is currently Chairman of the Toulouse Gerontopole, Chief of the Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the Toulouse University Hospital, and Chief of the Alzheimer Disease Clinical Research Centre, University of Toulouse and member of INSERM (the National Institute of Medical Research) 1027 Unit on Aging. He was nominated Officier de la Légion d’Honneur and is a corresponding member of the French National Academy of Medicine.

    Weiping Wang is Honorary Director of the Pediatrics Research Institute at the Children’s Hospital of Fudan University. He has also served as President of the Children’s Hospital and Executive Vice-President of the former Shanghai Medical University (SMU). He is the Administrative Committeeman of the Committee of the Chinese Medical Association, and serves as a consultant to the Committee of the National Association of Growth and Development in children, in China.