Assess and address human rights impacts across our business activities
We can only tackle human rights abuses when we understand them. Raising awareness and equipping our people to recognize, report and address violations are key to managing supply chains where people are protected.
Demonstrating our commitment
By the end of 2020, we had trained almost all our employees on human rights, with 157 250 completing their training during the year. This is a significant achievement given the size and diversity of our operations as well as the geographic spread of our company. We also expanded our online training in response to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to meeting our training goals, we were able to achieve our commitment to complete six human rights impact assessments in our upstream supply chain. These assessments have given us deep insight into the areas where we need to focus our efforts and resources. Our approach to this is overseen internally, in part by our new Human Rights Community, which was established to lead the human rights agenda throughout Nestlé.
Expanding due diligence with our new Human Rights Community
We want our approach to human rights to be credible. Complying with all relevant regulations and performing due diligence ensure we achieve this. Assessing, addressing and reporting human rights violations are crucial steps to building trust and driving the systemic change needed to foster a truly just transition to a regenerative food system.
To continuously embed due diligence into our operations, we launched a new internal Human Rights Community in 2020. The Community comprises 25 members, who meet bi-monthly. As part of their work, they oversee all relevant functions that manage human rights within Nestlé, undertaking advocacy, coordination and implementation of the Human Rights Framework and Roadmap (pdf, 11Mb) and monitoring progress. In addition, a new ESG & Sustainability Council composed of eight Executive Board members was created in 2021. Its mandate includes the management of salient issues in the upstream supply chain.