Partnerships and collective actions

As a global company, Nestlé faces a wide range of challenges from rising obesity to deforestation and child labour. We recognise that the issues involved are complex and they call for joint action to achieve sustainable results. We are engaged in collective activities with partners and like-minded stakeholders at a global and a local level, which include multi-lateral agencies, international organisations, governments, academia and NGOs and industry. Our involvement helps us to listen and learn from different opinions, share experiences and contribute positively to the implementation of best practice.

A strategic approach

We benefit from engaging with diverse stakeholders and working together, maximising what can be achieved. At all levels, we seek opportunities for non-competitive solutions that:

  • Address economic, social and environmental challenges;
  • Support our own Creating Shared Value focus areas; and
  • Build trust in our company.

To make each partnership or collective action effective, a key challenge is to clearly define the roles and responsibilities within each multi-stakeholder group. We believe long-term relationships also play an important role in delivering successful outcomes, as they help to build the trust that is necessary to inspire and deliver results.

Key partnership highlights

  • Our partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) began in 2002, and since 2005, 228 861 people have been reached through water, sanitation and hygiene programmes. The partnership has grown organically, developing from a philanthropic focus to increased support towards Creating Shared Value focus areas. The IFRC has provided speakers at associated events such as World Water Week and our stakeholder convenings. Together, we have fostered local collaborations, encouraging Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies and Nestlé business units around the world to cooperate better and establish relationships. We have also donated over CHF 230 288 to support emergency relief operations. The IFRC has helped us improve our response to high-profile natural disasters and ensure that Nestlé’s contributions worldwide are managed efficiently.
  • The biennial Creating Shared Value Global Forum is a unique day-long event that brings together development and business experts from around the world. It is designed to stimulate thinking about the increasingly important role of business in helping to address major socio-economic challenges in the context of limited natural resources and climate change. The 2016 Creating Shared Value Global Forum will be held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on 21 June 2016. Entitled ‘Investing in Sustainable Development in Africa’, the forum will bring together business, civil society and government leaders from Africa and beyond to discuss a range of key topics affecting the African continent, such as building stronger economies and communities, health and nutrition security, increasing farmer resilience, and approaches to inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
  • The Consumer Goods Forum brings together the CEOs and senior management members of some 400 retailers, manufacturers and service providers across 70 countries with combined sales in excess of CHF 3.01 trillion. In 2015, the CGF board of directors (which includes Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke as the manufacturers’ co-sponsor of the health and wellness pillar) voted on the following:
    • Appointment of a Health & Wellness External Scientific Advisory Council;
    • Resolution on food waste to contribute to the UN goal to halve food waste by 2025 within member retail and manufacturing operations.
    • Resolution on social sustainability/human rights: the board recognised its role as a group of responsible businesses to respect and promote human rights and decent working conditions; and
    • Commitment on marketing to children: the board reinforced its pledge to stop targeted marketing to children under 12 for products that do not fulfil specific nutrition criteria based on scientific evidence and/or applicable national and international dietary guidelines.