Corporate Governance

Our Board of Directors sets our long-term strategy and provides oversight on the basis of strong principles and an appropriate tone from the top. It ensures the long-term success of our company based on a clear strategy and good corporate governance. Its focus on corporate culture helps us align the interests between our business, our wider stakeholders and society.

In 2016, our Board of Directors announced its succession plans for the Chairman and the CEO. The proposed solution will help ensure the long-term strategic direction of the company set by the Board of Directors and concludes a process that the Board had started two years ago.

Also in 2016, we created a new Nomination and Sustainability Committee. This Committee prepares the succession planning of the Board and periodically reviews other measures which ensure our company’s sustainability and how its long-term strategy relates to our ability to create shared value.

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Nestlé’s purpose is enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Beyond a strong focus on board composition, structure and processes, our Board ensures that the company’s purpose and its values, strategies and business model are aligned. Performance management and rewards are consistent with this approach.

Our strategy, as set by the Board and enshrined by our shareholders in our Articles of Association, aims for long-term, sustainable value creation. Transparency and reporting on a wide range of financial and non-financial commitments ensure our accountability. Through our Chairman’s Roundtables, roadshows, investor meetings, analyst and engagement calls, as well as stakeholder convenings, we actively engage with the providers of capital and other stakeholders to ensure our sustainable long-term growth.

We recognize that for our company to be successful over the long term and create value for shareholders, we must also create value for society.


Share capital distribution by geography

Share capital distribution by geography 
  • Switzerland 35.68%
    United States 30.37%
    United Kingdom 4.94%
    Germany 4.69%
    Belgium 4.16%
    Canada 2.31%
    Japan 2.29%
    Luxembourg 2.23%
    France 2.14%
    China 1.86%
    Others 9.33%


Share capital by investor type, long-term evolution

Share capital by investor type 
  • Institutions 79%
    Private Shareholders 21%

    Percentage derived from total number of registered shares. Registered shares represent 58.73% of the total capital. Statistics are rounded, as at 31.12.2016.