Partnerships and collective action

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 2014

  • At this year’s Creating Shared Value Forum, we renewed our long-standing partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), contributing CHF 5 million over five years to the organisation. Together, we are rehabilitating water and sanitation infrastructure and improving health and hygiene awareness in Côte d’Ivoire, and we will extend activities to Ghana. We are continuing to support the emergency relief operations of the IFRC and its national societies, and at present, we are preparing a response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, through cash and product donations, and volunteer efforts from the company and its employees. We have now implemented an online system for convenient cash contribution towards emergency relief operations and are also sponsoring the production of the World Disasters Report.
  • The Consumer Goods Forum brings together the CEOs and senior management members of some 400 retailers, manufacturers and service providers across 70 countries. In June 2014, the Board of Directors (including Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke) issued a set of Health and Wellness commitments, and reaffirmed its commitment to the implementation of its Health and Wellness and Climate Change Resolutions. The board asked members for increased alignment and engagement for the forum’s ambitious five-year plan.
  • In a September 2014 letter to WHO Director-General, Dr Chan, the CEOs of leading food and non-alcoholic beverage companies and members of the International Food & Beverage Alliance (including Nestlé) announced a set of enhanced global commitments that will guide their health and wellness strategies over the coming years.