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Creating shared value

For society

Human rights are non-negotiable across our supply chains. We are dedicated to upholding these for everyone who works for and with us.

For our business

Our ability to sustainably source the raw materials we need depends on our ability to safeguard the rights of the people in our supply chains. 

Why it matters

Human rights abuses have no place in any society. At Nestlé, we are determined to keep violations out of the value chains we control and to foster systems that can help keep them out of those we do not.

As the world’s biggest food company, we can and do use our scale to protect people – but it requires constant perseverance. Best practices will always evolve. There will always be more to learn and new ways to engage. We will keep learning, listening and raising standards everywhere.

Respecting and promoting human rights

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Demonstrating our commitment

We have actively raised the bar for transparency and understanding around child labor, as the first company in the cocoa industry to introduce a Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS). We were also the first to openly report the prevalence of child labor in our cocoa supply chain.

Rural poverty is a primary cause of child labor and many other human rights violations. We have significantly scaled up our efforts to support fair and resilient livelihoods for farmers, including launching multiple living income pilots.

Our ability to respond to violations depends on people feeling confident enough to report them. Grievance reporting mechanisms are a lifeline to help stakeholders protect their rights, which is why we are always refining and improving our external stakeholder grievance system. At the same time, we continue to enhance our due diligence work by refining our corporate policies, standards and commitments. We have also increased our efforts around impact assessments in at-risk countries and trained hundreds of thousands of employees on human rights awareness.

Our contribution to the UN SDGs

Our work respecting and promoting human rights contributes to the following SDGs:

SDG logos 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17


How we map our material issues to the UN SDGs.

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