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Supporting breastfeeding

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Our commitment

Support breastfeeding and protect it by continuing to implement an industry-leading policy to market breast-milk substitutes responsibly


Every mother should feel supported whether she chooses to breastfeed or explore alternative options. That is why we have installed breastfeeding rooms and why we market breast-milk substitutes (BMS) responsibly, in compliance with the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (WHO Code).

Demonstrating our commitment

Since 2015, we have installed nearly 6000 breastfeeding rooms within Nestlé facilities and our local communities around the world. Today, breastfeeding rooms are a requirement for any Nestlé building with more than 50 female employees.

We have a long-standing commitment to market BMS responsibly. We are leading the industry in promoting breastfeeding and responsibly marketing BMS. In 2011, we became the first manufacturer of BMS to be recognized in the FTSE4Good index and have maintained our inclusion in the index every year since. We report our efforts annually and are committed to continuous improvement, ensuring we are always in compliance with the WHO Code.

Transparency is very important because it leads to trust, and therefore it is important that we share […] what we do and how we do it, but also the challenges we face and how we are going about addressing them.

Leanne Geale
Leanne Geale Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Corporate Governance and Compliance, Nestlé


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Launching our Parental Support Policy across the Philippines

When we launched our new, inclusive Global Parental Support Policy at the end of 2019, several markets were quick to implement it. One such country was the Philippines.

Coinciding with Valentine’s Day, the day’s theme – ‘Love Like No Other’ – recognized the special bond between parents and their children.

Nestlé Philippines will have fully implemented the new, gender-neutral policy by December 2022.

Following the updated standards, primary carers will be entitled to 18 weeks’ parental leave, regardless of gender. Secondary carers will also be offered four weeks’ paid leave.

parents with baby