Business benefits and positive societal impact must be mutually reinforcing. This is the core of our Creating Shared Value approach to business. Our company can only be successful in the long term if we create value for all stakeholders.
Our purpose is to 'unlock the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come'. This purpose drives us to make a positive impact on the lives of people, pets and the environment now, and in the future. Guided by our purpose, we are pursuing ambitious goals and commitments across areas that align with and support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Enabling healthier and happier lives
Consumer preferences are evolving – and so are we. We are developing products that are more nutritious and more natural. Our flagship initiative Nestlé for Healthier Kids brings together our efforts to inspire people to lead healthier lives. Through product reformulation efforts, healthy nutrition programs, portion guidance and healthy recipes, we promote healthy behaviors in children. We plan to help 50 million children per year live healthier lives by 2030. We continuously expand our nutrition knowledge – so that we can address the specific nutritional requirements of our consumers at every stage of life.
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Helping develop thriving, resilient communities
We work with farmers and suppliers across the world, aiming to develop thriving communities, support rural development, while promoting gender equality and respect for human rights. We run a series of sustainability programs aimed at tackling the diverse range of challenges the agricultural sector is facing – from an aging farm population to low farmer income to climate change. We promote sustainable farming practices and work to revive coffee farming where it is on the brink of extinction. Through our Nestlé needs YOUth initiative, we aim to help 10 million young people worldwide access economic opportunities by 2030. We celebrate diversity and inclusion in the workplace, driven by the belief that a diverse workforce fosters innovation and makes our business stronger.
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Stewarding resources and the environment
We want to be a more sustainable business, for a more sustainable society. This means protecting and restoring biodiversity, minimizing our use of natural resources, while encouraging others to act responsibly. We commit to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. To do this, we are expanding our portfolio of plant-based products with a smaller environmental footprint – among many other things. Safeguarding the environment is a priority and requires a multi-faceted approach: our Institute of Packaging Sciences will help us achieve our commitment to making 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. We are cutting water use in our factories and working with farmers globally to improve water efficiency in our supply chain, while increasing communities’ access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
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