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Our values are rooted in respect, including respect for the human rights of every single person who works for or with us. Respecting and promoting human rights in our business activities is one of our three priorities in our Communities impact area, and the basis of our ambition to improve 30 million lives.

Why it matters

Human rights abuse has no place in all our activities. We take our responsibility to ensure human rights are respected and upheld throughout our value chain very seriously. Safeguarding the people who work for or with us helps build a resilient, stable and sustainable supply chain. It is an essential part of how we as a business live our values.

Our contribution

Our human rights work is embedded in our activities and policies, supported by training on key topics for all employees. Our biggest challenges are found in our supply chains, and we have a particular focus on addressing these issues.

Clear roles and responsibilities have been defined at the Board of Directors and Executive Board levels (see the Governance section for more information).

Tackling human rights abuses requires a collaborative effort with suppliers, governments, NGOs and other stakeholders. In particular, we work closely with expert organizations such as the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), the Fair Labor Association (FLA), the International Cocoa Initiative, Verité, Issara Institute, Earthworm Foundation and ProForest. These collaborations help us understand the challenges and their underlying causes. Together, we design and implement interventions that have a real impact.

We recognize the important role that human rights defenders, including trade unionists, play in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide. We do not tolerate threats, intimidation or physical attacks against human rights defenders in relation to our operations. We expect our suppliers to follow the same approach.

Issues around human rights go far beyond any company’s supply chain, and solving them is a long-term challenge. In 2019, the FLA created a new committee dedicated to agricultural supply chains to coordinate efforts on these issues. As a business that has been working with the FLA and others to lead on human rights for many years, Nestlé has been appointed to chair this new committee, enabling us to drive its future work across the industry.

Our work on respecting and promoting human rights contributes to SDGs 1, 5, 8, 9, 10, 16 and 17.

SDGs 1, 5, 8, 9, 10, 16 and 17

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

  • Putting our values at the heart of what we do
    Building our business on clear principles and sound governance maintains trust in the Nestlé brand and reduces risk in the value chain.

    Governance and policies
  • Talking to the right people
    We always seek the advice of the best experts and advocates to make Creating Shared Value as robust as it can be.

    Stakeholder engagement
  • Doing business right
    Ethical principles are fundamental to how we operate. This means zero tolerance for fraud, bribery and corruption, while focusing on protection of personal data and open disclosure of tax payments.

    Ethical business

Reporting transparently on our progress


Nestlé UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework Index of Answers (pdf, 800Kb)

We’re committed to transparency, and this index provides access to Nestlé human rights-related information.

Nestlé’s 2018 Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Report (pdf, 5Mb)

Modern slavery and human trafficking have no place in the world, and we are determined to work with our partners on addressing this problem in our supply chains.

Download our Creating Shared Value Progress Report

See performance and reporting
Creating Shared Value Progress Report