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, 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.
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 think it is crucial to build environments based on strong corporate governance and compliance. This is the foundation not just of a sustainable society, but of our success as a business, providing the basis for long-term investment and growth.
The Action Platform is a two-year program bringing 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. Currently, we have two Nestlé markets piloting initiatives:
In Ecuador, we launched a tailor-made program for small and medium-sized enterprises, focusing on the prevention of bribery and corruption (SDG 16.5), based on international standards (from Transparency International and ICC). Following the pilot, in 2020 the project will be rolled out to other cities in Ecuador, creating a widespread Transparency Enterprise Network. We are also part of an innovative awareness campaign.
In Colombia, we are working with several stakeholders to reduce all forms of violence and death in the zone where we operate, in line with target 16.1. Our project includes work with employees and young people in our communities and cooperation with external stakeholders.
How our global initiatives support the SDGs
In 2017, we went further and integrated the SDGs into our three global initiatives: Nestlé for Healthier Kids, Nestlé Needs YOUth and Caring for Water.
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. Already, the world has 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 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 six sub-impact areas and many of our 41 commitments. This includes everything from transforming our recipes to be healthier to inspiring people to choose water.
We are particularly focused on 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 27.2 million.
SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth
Nestlé Needs YOUth
Around the world, the number of workers living in extreme poverty has declined dramatically over the past 25 years. But the 2008 economic crisis has left a lasting impact on growth and inequality, and many people around the world still struggle 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.
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 a fundamental human right. It’s also essential to our business, for our bottled water, the crops grown by our suppliers and the processes used to manufacture our products.
Falling under the sub-impact area ‘Caring for water’, four of our commitments are directly related to this goal. We have developed our global initiative, Caring for Water, 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.