Creating Shared Value (CSV) is mapped against the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We helped to shape the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and now we are working hard to achieve them.
Supporting the 17 SDGs
In 2015, the UN launched the SDGs to address global challenges, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, and peace and justice.
Linking the SDGs with CSV and our material issues helped us look more closely at where we can have the biggest impact. Today, our sustainability strategy is carefully mapped against the 17 goals, with each commitment and impact area corresponding to one or more of them. See how our material issues link to the SDGs.
In 2017, we went further and integrated the SDGs into our three global initiatives: Nestlé for Healthier Kids, Caring for Water and Nestlé needs YOUth.
SDG 3 Good health and well-being
A good life from the start
By promoting good health and well-being, we can help people live longer, happier lives. The world has already made great strides in reducing childhood mortality and eliminating diseases, but there is still a long way to go. Our scale enables us to make a difference, and we believe that through nutrition, initiatives and better farming practices, we can help prevent disease and make the world a healthier place.
This goal is threaded through our nine sub-impact areas and many of our 36 commitments. This includes everything from transforming our recipes to be healthier to inspiring people to choose water.
Our work is about encouraging kids around the world to eat nutritious food and get active by creating new and better products, promoting education and conducting industry-leading scientific research. By 2030, our global initiative Nestlé for Healthier Kids aims to help 50 million kids lead healthier lives, and we have already reached 79.33 million.
SDG 6 Clean water and sanitation
Water is essential to life and our business
Water scarcity affects more than 40% of people around the world, and that number is increasing. Water is the planet’s most precious resource and access to it is a fundamental human right. It is also essential to our business, for our bottled water, the crops grown by our suppliers and the processes used to manufacture our products.
Under the sub-impact area ‘Caring for water’, four of our commitments are directly related to this goal, while our Caring for Water initiative is an integrated approach to promoting good water stewardship across our business.
Our global efforts to improve our environmental performance involve stewarding water resources for future generations. We focus on reducing withdrawals, reusing water and working with others to protect water at a catchment or community level. This way, we aim to increase access to safe water and sanitation.
SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth
Nestlé needs YOUth
Over the last 25 years, the number of workers living in extreme poverty globally has declined dramatically. However, during the 2008 economic crisis, growth and inequality were significantly impacted, leaving many people around the world struggling to find decent work. We believe work should offer dignity, respect and fair pay, and as a major global employer, we are proud of providing employment to hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
Under our Communities impact area, we are focused on everything from enhancing diversity within our (already very diverse) business to providing effective grievance mechanisms for stakeholders in our supply chain.
We are especially interested in empowering young people. Through our global youth initiative, we provide youth with skills and education, offering help to young entrepreneurs and making agriculture a more prosperous sector for young people. Our goal is to help 10 million young people access economic opportunities by 2030.
Collaborating with the UNGC Action Platform for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
In September 2018, the UN Global Compact (UNGC) launched the collaborative Action Platform for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions to advance SDG 16. We joined as one of its founding patrons because we believe it is crucial to build businesses based on strong corporate governance and compliance. This is the foundation not only of a sustainable and fair society, but of our success as a business, providing the basis for long-term investment and growth.
The Action Platform is a three-year program which brings together business, UN agencies, civil society and governments to achieve a peaceful and inclusive society for sustainable development, the provision of effective, accountable institutions and justice for all. It aims to develop and promote global business standards in understanding, implementing and reporting on engagement in these areas. This framework will be published in the course of 2021. Nestlé supports this initiative by co-hosting or facilitating country consultations in over seven markets and piloting initiatives in Ecuador and Colombia.
We are also signatories of the Statement from Business Leaders for Renewed Global Cooperation along with 1000 other CEOs from large, medium and small enterprises. The Statement, which was developed by the Action Platform, serves to publicly show organizations’ commitment to international cooperation.