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What is your immediate response to the Call to Action from WHO, UNICEF and civil society organizations?

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Nestlé welcomes fair feedback from stakeholders that helps us and the sector as a whole to continuously improve. We highly respect the role that WHO, UNICEF and civil society organizations have played in advancing the issue of breastmilk substitutes marketing practices.

We share the common goal of working together to ensure breastfeeding and optimal nutrition for all mothers, infants and young children worldwide. We also share the Call to Action's ambition of full compliance with the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes by industry and its implementation globally by 2030. We are currently reviewing the Call to Action in depth and will publish our response soon.

We believe breastmilk is the ideal nutrition for babies and we support and promote the WHO's recommendation on breastfeeding. We comply with the WHO Code and relevant WHA resolutions as implemented by national governments everywhere in the world, as a minimum. Over the years, we have taken significant steps to strengthen our breastmilk substitutes marketing practices and will continue to do so.

The Call to Action recognizes that a level playing field for all companies is essential. In the absence of legislation, achieving such a level playing field will require everyone to work together, including us. Nestlé is committed to leading the way and encourages all stakeholders to work together to achieve this important goal.

Our response will reflect our commitment to improving the health of mothers and children across the world and we look forward to engaging in this important work.

How does Nestlé support breastfeeding?

We believe that breastfeeding is best for babies and support the World Health Organization’s recommendation calling for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, followed by continued breastfeeding along with the introduction of complementary foods as advised by a health care professional or health authority.

We include the wording 'breastfeeding is best' whenever and wherever possible and relevant, such as on infant formula packaging and in all communications. We also develop educational materials for health care professionals and parents on the benefits of breastfeeding. We also run campaigns and seminars on breastfeeding for the medical community in partnership with governments and medical institutions.

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