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Malnutrition comes in many forms: under-nutrition, obesity or being overweight, and micronutrient deficiencies. Combating malnutrition remains one of the greatest global health challenges. We encourage balanced diets, healthy hydration and active lifestyles.

Creating shared value...

For society

We can improve health by promoting balanced diets, age-appropriate portions and home cooking. This has the potential to reduce the number of noncommunicable diseases around the world.

For our business

By making sure our brands provide healthy recipes, clear nutrition information and portion guidance, we build trust with our consumers.

Why it matters

Approximately 1.9 billion adults globally are obese or overweight, with 462 million more underweight. Adding to the problem, 52 million children under the age of 5 have low weight for their height and 40 million are overweight or obese (WHO).

Regardless of demographic, there has been a clear upward trend in the levels of refined grains and sugars in global diets and a decrease in nutrient-rich foods such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains (Global Nutrition Report). At Nestlé, we want to help consumers live healthier lives by providing transparent nutrition information and inspiring them with healthier recipes and lifestyle tips.

Our contribution

We are on track to meet most of our commitments by 2020. We have been able to achieve this by developing a range of programs to promote healthier lives globally, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to zero hunger, good health and reducing inequalities.

Through our brands, we promote healthy cooking and eating as well as active lifestyles to encourage adults and children to lead healthier lives, while we continuously work to provide clear and easily understandable nutrition and portion information both on-pack and online.

This strategy helped us to progress faster in implementing our commitment to double outreach by 2020 by focusing the communication actions of our bigger brands for more impact.

We support individuals and families throughout their lives, from conception to old age. Our dedicated research and development teams create healthy products that address a range of nutritional requirements. Additionally, we run a variety of campaigns and collaborate with other industry partners to offer information on topics such as healthy hydration and infant nutrition, encouraging people to live healthier lives.

Our work on inspiring people to lead healthier lives contributes to SDGs 2, 3, 5, 10, 12 and 17.

SDGs 2, 3, 5, 10, 12 and 17

How we map our material issues to the UN SDGs and their targets (pdf, 600Kb).

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Creating Shared Value Progress Report