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Supporting our people

Our operations, activities and our success all rely on the people who work for us. For Nestlé to grow and prosper, we must ensure our employees are engaged, fairly remunerated and given the knowledge and skills to fulfill their potential.

Respect for diversity is one of our fundamental values at Nestlé. With a presence in almost 200 countries around the world, we know that having a diverse and inclusive culture is the foundation of our strength. Nestlé is strongly committed to cultivating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment, to shape a better society and future.

Paul Bulcke Nestlé Chairman


An inclusive, inspiring work environment

Nestlé aims to reach out to diverse talent and embrace the different skills, cultures, ways of thinking and experiences that talent brings. We believe this creates an employment experience that:

  • Enhances lives
  • Provides a fulfilling work environment
  • Inspires people
  • Offers personal and professional growth

We aim to create workplaces where everyone feels included and able to bring their whole selves to work. Each of our markets has a diversity and inclusion action plan designed to create leadership and environments that provide equal opportunities for everyone to contribute, grow and feel valued.

Our global diversity and inclusion efforts are centered on four key areas: Gender Balance; People with Disabilities, LGBT + Community and Race & Ethinicity.

Empowering women across our business and beyond

Women globally still experience discrimination in the workplace. Throughout our operations and our value chain, we work to address the many challenges they face. From increasing management and senior representation in our own business to supporting skills development for women in farming communities, we aim to empower women to overcome barriers to fulfilling their potential.

We have been a member of the United Nations Global Compact since 2001. Through our participation, we have adopted the Women's Empowerment Principles - seven principles to uplift women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

Our Gender Balance Acceleration Plan (the Plan) aims to increase the proportion of women in our top 200+ senior executive posts from around 26% at present to 30% by 2022. The Plan contains a series of specific actions:

  • Supporting all managers to foster an inclusive workplace and ensuring that they are trained in unconscious bias.
  • Encouraging the use of the gender neutral Nestlé Global Parental Support Policy and Nestlé Global Flexible Working Guideline in all Nestlé operating companies.
  • Enhancing mentoring and sponsorship programs to prepare high-potential women for senior executive positions.
  • Hiring and promoting more women in senior executive positions.
  • Reviewing results with senior leaders to promote gender balance and ensure progress.
  • Continuing our efforts to champion equal pay and eliminate conditions that create gender pay gaps (In September 2018, we pledged to accelerate the pace toward equal pay for equal work).
  • Reporting progress in Nestlé's Creating Shared Value and Sustainability Report.

Gender balance is also embedded in all our human resources practices, including recruitment, succession planning and promotion.

During 2020, we partnered with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) to develop an In Business Online Soft Skills Training course for women working in Nestlé factories and offices. Launched to address gender disparities and support women who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, over 300 female Nestlé employees had completed the interactive, activity-based training by the beginning of 2021.

Read about our specific commitments to support women, and our projects and progress.

Empowering all abilities

We are an equal opportunities employer dedicated to creating a business that encourages people with different abilities. That is why we are a member of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network. Through this employer-led initiative, we are promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities across our global workforce. Ten principles guide our efforts to make Nestlé a more accessible and supportive organization. We also signed in 2020 The Valuable 500 commitment together with other enterprises to put disability inclusion on our business leadership agenda.

Nestlé France has been recognized by the European Diversity Awards 2014 as the Most Inclusive Employer of the Year, being particularly praised for its work around disability in France, as one of the signatories of the first Disability Group Agreement in the French food industry, founded upon three pillars: Job retention for people with disabilities, recruitment and integration of people with disabilities and training and communication to make mindsets progress on the topic. The Chocolates Garoto Factory in Nestlé Brazil is also committed to the inclusion and training of people with disabilities. More than 100 employees with hearing-impaired disability benefit from the project 'Garoto em sintonia com a diversidade', program developed to guarantee their integration - for example, their newsletter and training sessions are available in the Brazilian sign language. Nestlé Pakistan was recognized as a diversity and inclusion (D&I) champion at the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) Awards 2021. The program 'Hai Tum Pe Yaqeen' (We believe in you) was considered as a best practice, by offering full-time employment opportunities, exclusively for people with disabilities, on a contractual role for 8 months (in various departments).

Proud to celebrate Pride

We are proud to support the United Nations Free & Equal Standards of Conduct for Business on tackling discrimination against LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, +) people.

In recognition of our efforts to create a supportive environment for LGBT+ employees and allies, the Nestlé UK&I LGBT+ Network was included in the 2020 British LGBT Awards' top 10 networks and employee resource groups. The network of over 200 members was formed in 2016 to provide a space where members of the LGBT+ community are visible and feel valued.

We have also been recognized in Switzerland by the Swiss LGBTI Label for our open, inclusive culture that promotes and supports LGBT+ employees.

Promoting racial justice for all

Nestlé has longstanding efforts on advancing racial and ethnic inclusion and more than 85% of market management committee positions are held by local employees. Our global workforce represents approximately 177 nationalities and we want our culture to be one that celebrates and respects this diversity. In January 2021, The World Economic Forum launched the Partnering for Racial Justice in Business initiative. Nestlé is among the 48 founding members who have committed to putting racial and ethnic justice on their board’s agendas and setting long-term strategies to develop anti-racist workplaces.

Throughout 2020, our team in the US stepped up diversity and inclusion efforts, developing an action plan to tackle racial inequity based on employee listening forums and education sessions. Through the new approach, we will target efforts in four areas: drive accountability and leadership; enhance learning and development; engage future talent; and act in our communities. Read more about how Nestlé US is taking action on diversity and inclusion. Nestlé South Africa has also made great strides in this area, achieving Level 3 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) certification in August 2020. In response to continued acts of injustice and the subsequent protests across the UK and Ireland, the UK&I Eradicating Racism Network was set up in Nestlé UK&I. The network collaborated with an external partner to conduct listening sessions to collectively build a plan which connects with and builds on our broader, existing work on Diversity and Inclusion.