Measuring our progress


We measure our performance in Creating Shared Value against our own high standards and the criteria of many external organisations. This process helps us to improve. We recognise that further quantifiable evidence is needed to demonstrate the value delivered by linking business performance and social impact, and will continue to pursue it and share it.

Our approach

We’ve been monitoring our progress across a wide range of issues for many years, whether through comprehensive KPIs or using measures attached to specific initiatives, such as the Nestlé Cocoa Plan and the Nescafé Plan.

We use internationally recognised systems and standards, such as the GRI’s G3.1 Framework, to help us monitor our social and Creating Shared Value impacts in areas where measurement is underdeveloped.

We are also developing internal approaches to measuring Creating Shared Value, particularly in the focus areas of nutrition, rural development and water. In 2013, we began rolling out our new Rural Development Framework, written in consultation with farmers, traders and NGOs. It helps us to align business activities with local priorities, and sets an appropriate level of ambition for this important area. The framework roll-out will continue during 2014.

In 2013, our approach and performance were analysed by leading independent environmental and sustainability rankings and indices, as follows:

Organisation Results
Access To Nutrition Access to Nutrition Index In March 2013, Nestlé was named as one of the top three performers in the Access to Nutrition Index, which rates how effectively some of the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturers provide consumers with access to nutritious products.
Carbon Disclosure Project Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index In 2013, Nestlé topped a list of global companies in efforts to disclose and cut carbon emissions. We achieved the maximum score for the second year running in the CDP Climate Disclosure Leadership Index and the Climate Performance Leadership Index.
Carbon Disclosure Project Water CDP Water promotes sustainable corporate water stewardship to safeguard water resources and address the global water crisis. Nestlé has participated in the CDP Water programme every year since its launch in 2010.
Dow Jones Sustainability Indices Dow Jones Sustainability Indices The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices measure the performance of the world’s sustainability leaders. In 2013, Nestlé was named as the leading food products company in the Indices for the first time.
FTSE4Good FTSE4Good Nestlé remains included in FTSE4Good, which measures the performance of companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards. Nestlé is the only infant formula manufacturer included in the Index.
Oxfam Behind the Brands We scored the top rank in Oxfam’s Behind the Brands scorecard, which provides people with the information they need to hold the world’s 10 largest food and beverage companies to account for what happens in their supply chains.


Nestlé also participates in independent external surveys, carried out by major rating agencies, such as the STOXX Global ESG Leaders indices.