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Governance and policies

We want to be the trusted leader in our sector. Building our business on clear principles and sound governance helps us maintain trust in the Nestlé brand and reduce risk throughout our value chain.

The Nestlé Corporate Business Principles

We regulate the way we operate using the Nestlé Corporate Business Principles, which form the basis of our culture, our values and our Creating Shared Value (CSV) strategy. The principles are available in more than 50 languages, and all employees must comply with them through the ongoing implementation of relevant business codes, policies, processes and tools. We monitor their application and effectiveness through various channels, including our CARE audits, and have a formal public commitment to provide employees with training on them.

Our Corporate Business Principles are reviewed by our Executive Board and aligned with international best practice and standards such as the UN Global Compact (UNGC) Principles.

Our internal governance structure

The Board of Directors, the Chairman, CEO and Executive Board are responsible for the supervision and management of our role in society, and for the Creating Shared Value (CSV) strategy. They are supported by internal management bodies such as the Nestlé in Society Board (see below), as well as relevant Committees to drive our ambitions and commitments.


Nestlé in Society Board

The Nestlé in Society Board is chaired by our CEO. It leads the strategic development and implementation of Creating Shared Value (CSV) across our business, including for all societal commitments, objectives and strategies, and reverts to the Executive Board for input and confirmation.

Specifically, the Board works to:

  • Ensure all activities and workstreams align with Nestlé’s positioning in society.
  • Assess and draw appropriate conclusions from societal developments affecting Nestlé.
  • Further strengthen our credentials in CSV, environmental sustainability and compliance.

The Nestlé in Society Board currently comprises: Mark Schneider, Magdi Batato, Tom Buday, Patrice Bula, Christian Frutiger, Stefan Palzer and Eugenio Simioni. As of 2019, the Nestlé is Society Board meetings will be included in the agenda of the Executive Board meetings twice a year.

Nomination and Sustainability Committee

The Nomination and Sustainability Committee was established in 2016. It prepares the succession planning of the Board and periodically reviews other measures to ensure our company’s sustainability and how its long-term strategy relates to our ability to create shared value.

The Nomination and Sustainability Committee currently comprises: Paul Bulcke, Henri de Castries (chair), Ann M. Veneman and Eva Cheng.

External advisory groups

Our internal governance structure is supported through a wider network that includes external advisory groups.

The Nestlé Creating Shared Value Council

Chaired by Janet Voûte, the Nestlé CSV Council currently comprises six external members, whose expertise spans corporate social responsibility, strategy, sustainability, nutrition, water and rural development. The group advises Nestlé management on implementing Creating Shared Value (CSV) and assesses our progress. Council members also participate in Nestlé’s CSV Global Forum and form the judging panel for the Nestlé CSV Prize.

The external members of the Council

  • Georg Kell is Chairman of Arabesque, an ESG Quant fund manager that uses self-learning quantitative models and big data to assess the performance and sustainability of globally listed companies. He is the Founding Director of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability movement with over 9 000 corporate and 4 000 noncorporate participants in more than 160 countries. Georg also oversaw the conception and launch of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative (SSE) and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

  • Mark R. Kramer is co-founder and Managing Director of FSG, a nonprofit consulting firm established in 2000 and specializing in strategy, evaluation and research. As the primary overseer of FSG‘s consulting practice, he helps drive the vision and growth of the firm and leads engagements across all FSG’s impact areas, with a particular focus on shared value. A prolific author, Mr. Kramer’s work is featured regularly in major publications, and he is a frequent speaker around the world on topics including catalytic philanthropy, collective impact, creating shared value for corporations, new approaches to evaluation, impact investing and social entrepreneurship. He is the co-author of four Harvard Business Review articles with Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School.

  • José Lopez is a senior leader with 36 years of general management and operational experience in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry. Most recently, he held the role of Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, at Nestlé SA, until his retirement in September 2015. His previous roles in the company included Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Japan Ltd and Managing Director of Nestlé Malaysia and Singapore. He has recently become a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and the Executive in Residence at IMD Lausanne.

  • Prabhu Pingali is Professor and Director of the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition initiative at Cornell University and Full Professor in Applied Economics. He has more than 25 years of experience in assessing the extent and impact of technical change in developing agriculture in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He was formerly the Deputy Director of the Agriculture Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Director of the Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and earned a PhD in Economics from North Carolina State University in 1982.

  • Ann M. Veneman has had a distinguished career in public service. She served as Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from 2005 to 2010, prior to which she was US Secretary of Agriculture from 2001 to 2005. She also served as Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 1995 to 1999, overseeing the state agency responsible for the United States’ largest agricultural producing region. From 1986 to 1993, she served in various positions in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), including Deputy Secretary, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs and Associate Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service. Veneman’s leadership and vision has been recognized both nationally and internationally. In 2009, she was named in the Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list, and she has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In 2016, she received the Women Making History Award from the National Women’s History Museum. Veneman currently serves on a number of boards of directors, advisory councils, committees and nonprofit boards. She is a frequent speaker on a range of topics including poverty alleviation, empowering women and girls, food security and nutrition, and global health.

  • Janet Voûte is the Chairperson of the Creating Shared Value Council and a Non Executive Director at Bupa, the leading international health insurance and healthcare company. She is currently a member of the Advisory Council at SustainAbility and is an Ambassador for the International Integrated Reporting Initiative. Previously, Janet served as Global Head of Public Affairs at Nestlé. She spent ten years in public health, serving as Partnership Advisor at the World Health Organization in the area of noncommunicable diseases and mental health, and as CEO of the World Heart Federation. She began her career in corporate strategy consulting where she was Vice President and Managing Partner at Bain & Company, Switzerland, focused on consumer goods, and health related industries

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