Human rights and compliance

Responsibility for the supervision and management of the Group ultimately rests with the Chairman, the CEO and other members of the Executive Board, supported by a number of other governance bodies, including our Group Compliance Committee. All relevant functions within the Group are represented at senior level, and minutes of the committee’s meetings are shared with the CEO.

Specific activities of the committee include:

  • Driving Nestlé’s cross-functional compliance programme and key compliance initiatives and continuously enhancing the compliance culture across the Group;
  • Providing a platform for internal coordination;
  • Receiving briefings on compliance-related initiatives and providing cross-functional input;
  • Identifying deviations from best practice and driving the implementation of appropriate action; and
  • Promoting the implementation of the Nestlé Corporate Business Principles and other policies.

The Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) complements the mandate of the Group Compliance Committee by focusing on human rights-related issues exclusively. Other important bodies dealing directly or indirectly with human rights and compliance issues include the Nestlé in Society Board, the Issues Round Table, the Operations Water Task Force, the Child Labour and Women’s Empowerment Steering Group, and the Nestlé Water Task Force.

Our commitment to work against corruption and bribery is integral to the Corporate Business Principles, the Nestlé Code of Business Conduct and The Nestlé Supplier Code. Our Human Resources, Legal and Group Compliance departments work together to train employees in these policies and to monitor behaviour. Ensuring local compliance is the responsibility of each country business leader.

Anti-corruption is included within the Corporate Compliance Framework, a dedicated compliance function that reports to the Group Compliance Committee and the Executive Board. Nestlé also demonstrates its commitment to business integrity through being a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact. Principle 10 of the compact requires signatories to work against corruption in all its forms.

Our policies and standards

To maintain best practice, our teams are guided by a series of policies, procedures and documents, including:

As well as complying with all national laws, we expect all Nestlé business entities to respect internationally recognised human rights standards set out in:

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