Work environment

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We are a people-inspired company. People are at the heart of everything we do. We look to promote a healthy lifestyle inside and outside work wherever possible.

Our culture is based on our values rooted in respect: for ourselves, for others, for diversity and for the future. Our ways of working and flexible environment allow us to adapt to the ever-changing world. Promoting an inclusive environment helps us bring our purpose and values to life every day.

Work life balance

Offering employees good working conditions and helping them to stay safe, healthy and engaged are top priorities.

Therefore, we support a flexible work environment. This means employees and their managers can agree on when, where and how employees work, in order to better balance personal needs and business requirements. We put the emphasis on individual responsibility, opportunity and autonomy.

Workplace

We have around 328,000 people and some 418 factories in 86 countries around the world. Above all else, we make sure that our workplaces are safe and healthy for the people who work there.

Health framework

Enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future begins with safeguarding the safety and health of our people. We work hard to create a culture in which safety and health are leading principles, and our aim is to achieve zero work-related injuries and illnesses. We also help our employees make more informed decisions about their own health, take personal responsibility and choose to live and work in a safe and healthy way.

Our strategic priorities are set out in the Nestlé framework for employee health, which is based in three areas. ‘Learn’ is about helping people enhance their health knowledge to lead healthier and happier lives. ‘Feel’ is about providing accessible information that allows employees to take ownership of their health. While ‘Choose’ refers to the way we help people develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Protection of parenthood

Our global Maternity Protection Policy (pdf, 1 Mb) is one of the most progressive programmes of its kind in the industry. It includes maternity protection for all primary caregivers of newborns, including fathers and adoptive parents. This means at least 14 weeks’ paid maternity leave and the right to extend leave up to 6 months. The policy covers employment protection and non-discrimination, a healthy and breastfeeding-friendly work environment, and flexible work arrangements.

Breastfeeding

In addition to 6 months’ maternity leave, flexitime and breastfeeding breaks, we’ve provided over 302 breastfeeding sites in our workplaces around the world. By 2018, we’ll have equipped all offices and sites of more than 50 female employees with breastfeeding areas.

Dual Careers

Dual careers are increasingly becoming the family working norm. They could be local or expatriate, and they may have to make compromises from time to time, but we do our best to facilitate joint career moves where we can.

Nestlé With other multinationals has launched the International Dual Career Network (IDCN) to help dual career spouses with their local job search and professional integration in a new country. With several locations around the world, the IDCN also provides advice, connections and support. More information about IDCN