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Partnerships and collective action

As a global company, Nestlé faces a wide range of complex challenges, from rising obesity to child labor and climate change. We need to pursue joint action to achieve sustainable results. By building relationships with partners and like-minded stakeholders at all levels, we enable our people to listen, learn and contribute effectively.

We partner with others to deliver a bigger impact

We benefit from engaging with diverse stakeholders, and, by working together, we maximize what can be achieved. These stakeholders include multilateral agencies, international organizations, governments, academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and industry bodies.

Nestlé only considers partnerships that are relevant to our Creating Shared Value (CSV) commitments and that have a significant impact. To identify the best matches, we have established specific criteria that guide us in the selection process.

Our partnership selection criteria

  • Relevance of partnership focus to CSV and our commitments.
  • Partnership ability to solve a problem or to add value.
  • Impact and scale of proposed partnership, to make a difference.
  • Financial value and other resources, aligned with impact and scale.
  • Little overlap with existing partnerships.
  • Geographical scope: global, regional or local.
  • Alignment with the Nestlé Corporate Business Principles.

Collaborating for a positive impact

To offer an insight into and transparency around our main relationships, we have outlined them in the following table. We include links to the organizations’ external websites and to associated information in this report.

Key organizations Achievements and outcomes
Ashoka Nestlé has partnered with Ashoka, the world’s leading network of systems-changing social entrepreneurs, to search for, support and accelerate solutions tackling the biggest social and environmental issues. This agreement fosters powerful co-creation with social entrepreneurs and deepens the social impact on the communities and beneficiaries they serve.
Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Through the CGF, we contribute to shaping the industry strategic development through an end-to-end value chain manufacturer and retailer collaborative action. This is organized in coalitions of action on efficient supply chains, food safety, collaboration for healthier lives, human rights, ending forced labor, food waste and loss and plastics waste management, among others.
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) We have a memorandum of understanding with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to explore further partnership opportunities. We are currently developing a project to address irrigation in our Brazilian coffee supply chain through the partnership. We are also working with the SDC to ensure our coffee projects in Rwanda and Kenya guarantee positive results in terms of gender equality.
United Nations Global Compact LEAD Nestlé is one of 36 Global Compact LEAD companies. This recognition is given to companies that are committed to the UN Global Compact and its Ten Principles.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Nestlé is member of the WBCSD and is playing an active role in the following programs: Food & Nature, People, Climate & Energy and Redefining Value. Our EVP Magdi Batato is on the WBCSD Executive Committee.
World Cocoa Foundation We are a member of the World Cocoa Foundation, an industry association representing more than 80% of the global cocoa market, which works pre-competitively to address challenges affecting the cocoa sector.

Key organizations Achievements and outcomes
EpiGen Global Research Consortium (EpiGen) In one of the largest public–private partnerships of its kind, we are looking at the impact of nutrition and lifestyle on maternal and infant health as part of the EpiGen Global Research Consortium. Through EpiGen’s NiPPeR study, we are exploring whether a specific combination of nutrients and probiotics, taken before conception and during pregnancy, improves the health of mothers and their babies.
International Food & Beverage Alliance (IFBA)

In 2008, we helped create the International Food & Beverage Alliance, to help individuals and families around the world achieve balanced diets and lead healthy, active lifestyles. Together with 10 other leading food and non-alcoholic beverage companies, we work to support the:

  • World Health Organization’s 2004 Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health.
  • The WHO Global Action Plan on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, 2013–2020.
  • The recommendations of the 2011 UN Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases.

Key organizations Achievements and outcomes
The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) We work closely with external bodies such as the DIHR and the Fair Labor Association (see below) to ensure our human rights policies are aligned with national and international standards and effectively implemented across our business activities. The DIHR has been a key partner in the development and implementation of our Human Rights Due Diligence program. Since 2009, we have carried out 13 human rights impact assessments together. The most recent assessment, performed in April 2018, focused on labor rights in the palm oil supply chain in Indonesia.
Earthworm Foundation

Nestlé works with Earthworm Foundation (formerly The Forest Trust) on several initiatives. In 2017, it helped to carry out our first human rights assessment in an upstream supply chain, with a palm oil supplier in Indonesia. It also carried out supplier assessments in Ghana, Indonesia and Côte d’Ivoire.

With Earthworm Foundation, we also participated in Starling, a scheme using satellite imagery technology to monitor deforestation.

The Rurality Initiative is another Earthworm Foundation scheme that we have been involved in. It aims to connect key stakeholders in palm oil supply chains and share innovation and knowledge to help farmers overcome the challenges they face. The project helps hundreds of farmers in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Malaysia, Indonesia and Peru to develop good agricultural practices and gain improved access to tools and equipment.

Fair Labor Association (FLA) The FLA works with us to improve working conditions in our supply chain and to identify and address child labor in the cocoa and hazelnut sectors. In Côte d’Ivoire, the FLA was at the origin of our flagship Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System. In Turkey, the FLA has led the implementation of a grant from the US Department of Labor to identify and remedy child labor in the hazelnut sector. In 2019, the FLA established an agricultural committee, of which we are the chair.
Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW) The Global Coalition for Animal Welfare brings together seven of the largest food production and food services companies worldwide, including Nestlé, as well as animal welfare experts. The coalition collectively addresses systemic barriers to improving animal welfare, accelerates the development of welfare standards and drives progress on key issues. In particular, we are working with GCAW on extending our commitment to source cage-free eggs.
International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) ICI is the implementing partner of our Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
International Dual Career Network (IDCN) Together with other multinationals, we launched a network that helps dual-career spouses with their local job search and professional integration in a new country. The IDCN is an independent nonprofit association and is currently chaired by the Head of Diversity at Nestlé. We lead 4 out of 15 networks and provide office space and logistics support to the independent Global IDCN Coordinator.
International Dual Career Network (IDCN) We participate in the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment developed by the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB). This is a company-led collective advocacy platform that harnesses the leverage of major international brands to promote responsible recruitment practices among business, the recruitment industry and government.
Issara Institute Issara Institute is an NGO that tackles human trafficking and forced labor. We are a strategic partner of Issara and work with it to identify and remediate labor rights abuses in our Thai seafood chain.
Proforest Proforest supports our activities toward meeting our commitment to eliminate deforestation from our supply chain. It works with our soya suppliers on continuous improvements, focusing on deforestation and biodiversity. We also work with Proforest to address human rights, including working and living conditions, and sustainability risks in our sugar supply chain. In 2017, its assessments identified challenges in Negros Occidental, the Philippines’ largest sugar-producing region. As a result, we were able to start implementing effective solutions, such as training farming households and facilitating the removal of children from the workforce.
Rainforest Alliance The Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, developed in collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance, aims to protect the highest-quality coffees required for Nespresso Grands Crus, preserve the environment and enhance farmer welfare. Both the Nespresso Program and the Nescafé Plan work closely with the Rainforest Alliance to assess and measure the impact of our actions on farmers, communities and landscapes.
Responsible Labor Initiative (RLI) We are members of the RLI, a multi-industry, multi-stakeholder initiative focused on ensuring that the rights of workers vulnerable to forced labor in global supply chains are consistently respected and promoted.
Solidaridad Our Rural Development Framework, a diagnostic tool to support a consistent approach to rural development and enhancing rural livelihoods, was developed in collaboration with several key partners, including Solidaridad. We have also worked with Solidaridad since 2013 to improve food security and nutrition in Kenya and Ethiopia. Targeting 120 000 smallholder coffee farmers across 77 cooperatives, the FOSEK public–private partnership aims to increase nutrition security through improving coffee production to boost farmer incomes, support them in becoming self-sufficient in food and improving their awareness of healthy diets.
Verité We work with Verité, an NGO specializing in fair labor, to assess the extent and causes of labor rights abuses in our seafood supply chain. Its investigations in the Thai seafood industry have enabled us to identify several serious challenges and develop an action plan to address them. In 2017, we began working with Verité to assess labor rights violations in our coffee supply chain in Mexico. We are now developing a system to help address such violations.

Key organizations Achievements and outcomes
2030 Water Resources Group (WRG) We currently chair the WRG, a collaboration between public, private and civil groups seeking to reform water resources in water-stressed economies.
Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) The AWS International Water Stewardship Standard provides a framework for evaluating our water stewardship practices, using a range of environmental, social and economic criteria. 27 [#356] of our factories have now been certified by the AWS Standard, and 18 [#540] additional sites will be audited this year. Nestlé Waters has committed to have all its factories AWS-certified by 2025.
California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC) Nestlé Waters North America co-founded the CWAC to help improve water security across the state. We are involved in two projects to determine how large-scale restoration can improve water supplies and exploring how the private sector can support the measurement, management and stewardship required.
Champions 12.3 We are a member of Champions 12.3, a coalition of business executives dedicated to supporting the UN’s efforts to reduce food loss and waste via SDG target 12.3. We have contributed to the latest progress report as well as the launch of The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) The IFRC aims to provide equitable, affordable and sustainable solutions to improve the health and quality of life in vulnerable communities. We have partnered with the IFRC in Africa since 2002, improving access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for over 406 000 people in rural cocoa-growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) We are members of the Tropical Forest Alliance, a global public–private partnership that helps drive collective action to reduce the tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp.
UNGC CEO Water Mandate We are a founding signatory of the CEO Water Mandate, endorsed by leading companies looking to develop, implement and disclose their water sustainability policies and practices. In 2019, we officially joined the WASH4Work initiative of the CEO Water Mandate.
World Resources Institute (WRI) Together with the WRI, we are working on practical and open-source methodologies to assess the cost/benefit of water stewardship. One evaluates the cost of water stewardship for all major river basins worldwide, while another offers to quantify the outcomes of water stewardship initiatives implemented (Water Stewardship Benefit Accounting Methodology – WSBAM). We are also working with the WRI to calculate the value, both nutritionally and environmentally, of milk losses in our supply chains in 30 major countries.

An indicative list of key relationships is provided below.

2030 Water Resources Group
Alliance for Water Stewardship
Alliance for YOUth
Bancos de Alimentos de México (BAMX)
California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC)
Climate Disclosure Standards Board
Compassion in World Farming
Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Earthworm Foundation
EpiGen Global Research Consortium (EpiGen)
Fair Labor Association (FLA)
Fairtrade International
Global Coalition for Animal Welfare
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Global Road Safety Partnership
High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) Steering Group
International Cocoa Initiative (ICI)
Institute for Human Rights and Business Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment
International Dual Career Network (IDCN)
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Issara Institute
Natural Capital Coalition
The Nature Conservancy 
Neumann Foundation
One Planet Business for Biodiversity
Project STOP
Rainforest Alliance
Responsible Labor Initiative (RLI)
Stockholm International Water Institute
Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
Tropical Forest Alliance
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
UNGC CEO Water Mandate
We Mean Business
World Association of Chefs Societies (Worldchefs)
World Cocoa Foundation and CocoaAction
World Federation of Advertisers (WFA)
World Health Organization (WHO)
World Resources Institute (WRI)

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