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Our approach: Creating shared value

Creating Shared Value is fundamental to how we do business at Nestlé. We believe that our company can only be successful in the long term by creating value both for our shareholders and for society. Our activities and products should make a positive difference to society while contributing to Nestlé’s ongoing success.

The business case for Creating Shared Value

Creating Shared Value is about ensuring long-term, sustainable value creation for shareholders while tackling societal issues at the same time. Companies that create shared value demonstrate that business can be a force for good.

We focus our work on three interconnected impact areas: the individuals and families who place their trust in our products and brands, the communities where we operate and the planet. We are driven by our purpose to unlock the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come. Our long-term ambitions are:

  • For individuals and families, to help 50 million children lead healthier lives. 
  • For our communities, to improve 30 million livelihoods in communities directly connected to our business activities.
  • For the planet, to strive for zero environmental impact in our operations. 

In order to achieve these ambitions, we have formulated a series of public commitments that we operationalize across our business. We report on our progress every year. Particular emphasis is on global initiatives to promote healthier lives for children, help young people access economic opportunities and demonstrate our protection of water resources. We also act decisively to tackle the current plastic pollution challenge and are working to become carbon neutral.

Measuring shared value

We continue to explore ways to better measure the shared value we create and our impact. Our goal is to invest with greater confidence and continue to build trust with stakeholders by demonstrating tangible results. We welcome work in this area so that it can inform our own methodology and stimulate further debate on this important topic.

The detail about our approach

CSV - Our approach - The detail about our approach

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

CSV - Our approach - Putting our values

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

CSV - Our approach - Prioritizing key issues

Prioritizing key issues

To ensure our sustainability efforts keep up with a changing world, we conduct a materiality analysis every two years.


CSV - Our approach - Talking to the right people

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

CSV - Our approach - Collaborating for major change

Collaborating for major change

Collaboration is an essential element in our bid to tackle global issues like rising obesity, child labor and climate change.

Partnerships and collective action

CSV - Our approach - Awarding good work

Awarding good work

The Nestlé CSV Prize is awarded every two years to help expand initiatives that address nutrition, water and rural development.

Creating Shared Value Forum

CSV - Our approach - Bringing new ideas to life

Bringing new ideas to life

Through the CSV Prize and our open platform [email protected]é, we aim to nurture the ideas that will determine the future.

Supporting innovative ideas

CSV - Our approach - Working toward the UN SDGs

Aligning our ambitions and commitments with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Creating Shared Value is closely aligned with the 17 SDGs .

Contributing to the global goals

CSV - Our approach - Being transparent at all times

Being transparent at all times

The tax we pay is an integral part of CSV, and we believe it is good practice to openly disclose information about our tax policy and contributions.


Download our Creating Shared Value Progress Report