Contributing to the global goals

We frame our Creating Shared Value (CSV) agenda closely with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Having helped to shape the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we – and many companies like us – are working hard to achieve them.


Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals

Integrating the SDGs into our CSV approach has enabled us to identify areas where we can create a positive impact or, at the very least, mitigate a negative impact. We also mapped our material issues against the global goals to see where our activities are most able to contribute towards their aims.

In 2017, we focused on integrating the SDGs into key partnerships and global initiatives, including Nestlé for Healthier Kids, Nestlé needs YOUth and improving our environmental performance with a focus on water. We indicate where these and other activities support particular SDGs throughout this report; these are also summarised in the PDF below.

We remain committed to leveraging our scale to make progress towards the UN’s ambitious 2030 agenda, and our own 2030 ambitions. But we cannot do it alone. Achieving the SDGs will only be possible through effective and dynamic partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders.

Materiality and the SDGs

We welcome the opportunity to continue contributing to the global agenda, first through the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and now SDGs.

With SustainAbility, we also undertook a mapping exercise to show the alignment between our material issues and the SDGs. This exercise helps us draw insights into where our activities are best placed and most able to contribute, both directly and indirectly, towards meeting the aims of the goals.

Download a PDF showing how our material issues support the SDGs (pdf, 0.1Mb)

How our global initiatives support the SDGs

SDG 3: Good health and well-being

Everything starts with healthier kids

We believe that by helping new generations eat and drink better and move more, we will enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future.

Nestlé for Healthier Kids is a global initiative that brings together all our efforts to support parents and caregivers on their journey to raise healthier kids.

From leading research and product formulation to education, innovative nutrition and lifestyle services, our ambition is to help 50 million children lead healthier lives by 2030. To date, Nestlé for Healthier Kids has helped over 8.3 million children across the world.

SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

Investing in young people

Our aim for our global youth initiative, Nestlé needs YOUth, is to help 10 million young people around the world have access to economic opportunities by 2030. This global initiative combines and coordinates all our activities that support young people around the world, including the Alliance for YOUth.

In addition to employability, the initiative now also focuses on the next generation of farmers and entrepreneurs across Nestlé’s value chain, and seeks to encourage innovation, not least through a challenge on the HENRi@Nestlé open innovation platform.

SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation

Water: our most precious resource

Water is essential to life and critical to our business, from the crops grown by our suppliers to the processes we use to manufacture our foods and beverages. That’s why it’s important we have an integrated, global 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 continuing to reduce withdrawals and reuse water in our operations, working with other stakeholders to protect and manage water at a catchment or community level, and helping increase access to safe water and sanitation.



See how we’re supporting the SDGs through our engagement with the UNGC

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