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In 2020, Nestlé remained a dependable company. We responded to COVID-19 based on three clear priorities: Safeguarding people's health, ensuring business continuity and supporting communities.

Our value creation model continued to balance the pursuit of top-line and bottom-line growth with capital efficiency. We bring relevance to consumers through science- and consumer-driven innovation and develop solutions to meet fast-changing consumer needs.

We refreshed our company purpose statement to reflect our strategy: We unlock the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come.

We continued to engage on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues which are material to our business and impactful on society. We use our scale, resources and influence to be a force for good, creating shared value through ESG.

We engaged on climate action, aiming to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in our value chain by 2050. We focused on sustainable packaging pursuing our vision that none of our packaging ends up in a landfill or as litter. We managed our human and social capital based on our values of respect, openness and inclusiveness.

Our diverse Board of Directors was engaged to effectively oversee the direction of our company. Since 2015, we have strengthened the Board through ten new independent directors with diverse experience and expertise directly relevant to Nestlé including e.g. additional digital, strategic and food & beverages expertise. We already meet the gender quota which Swiss law requires as from 2026.

We listened to our shareholders through our roadshows, investor meetings and analyst calls. Our Chairman's Roundtables took place in Singapore, New York, Zurich, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London and Paris. Through virtual meetings, we continued to listen to all our shareholders and other stakeholders despite the pandemic.

In 2020 our Board of Directors reviewed our Board Regulations and Committee Charters to reflect all aspects of its ESG responsibilities and make our risk management framework more explicit.

Our Chair's and Corporate Governance Committee regularly reviews aspects of our governance, as well as our asset and liability management. Additionally, it receives regular reports on quality, cyber risk as well as significant legal matters. In 2020 it reviewed our governance structure and internal reporting.

Our Nomination and Sustainability Committee, chaired by our Lead Independent Director, evaluates Board composition, structure and succession planning. It assesses candidates for nomination to the Board. Additionally, it reviews all aspects of our environmental and social sustainability. It oversees our response to climate change, our human rights due diligence program and our human capital management at Board level including our strategies for diversity and inclusion. In 2020 it helped develop our new Commitments framework, which will be rolled out in 2021. As from the AGM 2021, the Company is splitting this Committee into a separate Nomination Committee and a focused Sustainability Committee. This reflects the importance of sustainability in Nestlé’s corporate governance and allows Board members to dedicate more time, focus and action on each of these important topics.

Our Compensation Committee sets our remuneration principles and submits the proposals for remuneration to the Board and the AGM. It ensures the alignment of our values, strategies and performance. Our compensation proposals and our compensation report are submitted to annual votes by our shareholders. In 2020 it helped develop a set of ESG-related KPIs.

Our Audit Committee oversees internal and external audit, financial reporting, internal controls, compliance and risk management. It reviews reports regarding compliance, fraud, enterprise risk management and the Group's annual risk assessment. Last year, it oversaw the rotation of our external auditors.

We recognize that for our company to be successful over time and create sustainable value for shareholders, we must also create value for society. We see state-of-the-art governance as a driver of long-term value creation and broad-based prosperity.

Download our Corporate Governance Report 2020 in English (pdf, 2Mb) | Français (pdf, 2Mb) | Deutsch (pdf, 2Mb) and our 2021 Half-Year Corporate Governance Report in English (pdf, 1Mb).

Share capital

 

Share capital distribution by geography

Share capital distribution by geography

Switzerland 34.9%
United States 33.5%
United Kingdom 6.6%
Germany 4.4%
Japan 2.6%
Canada 2.5%
Luxembourg 2.2%
Belgium 1.7%
Sweden 1.5%
Australia 1.3%
Others 8.8%

 

Share capital by investor type, long-term evolution (a)

Share capital by investor type

Institutions 81%
Private Shareholders 19%

(a) Percentage derived from total number of registered shares. Registered shares represent 58.2% of the total capital. Statistics are rounded, as at  12/31/2020.

Compensation

Our Compensation Committee sets our remuneration principles and prepares the proposals for remuneration. In 2015, we implemented the new Swiss 'say on pay' law both in letter and in spirit. Our proposals were adopted with large majorities of our shareholders. Our Compensation Report explains our compensation system and pay-outs. It is submitted annually to an advisory vote of our shareholders.

Compensation Committee Charter - September 2021 (pdf, 100 Kb)
Compensation Report 2019 (pdf, 300 Kb)
Compensation Report 2020 (pdf, 500 Kb)

   

Changes to compensation

For 2020 the following changes have been implemented:
  • The Board of Directors will be paid in arrears (25% of total remuneration in October and 75% of total remuneration at the end of the Board year in April).
  • Performance Share Units are valued at market price instead of Fair Value.
For 2021 the following change will be implemented:
  • Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) related KPIs will be included in the Short-Term Bonus framework of the Executive Board. In 2021 fifteen percent of that bonus will be linked to the achievement of ESG-related objectives.

 

Ten-year evolution

The following chart presents the evolution of the total compensation to the Board of Directors and Executive Board in relation to Nestlé’s share price and dividend payout.

Ten-year evolution

Year Nestlé Dividend Nestlé Share closing price Total Compensation (BoD + EB)
2010 100 100 100
2011 122 108 101
2012 128 119 101
2013 134 130 100
2014 138 145 97
2015 141 149 105
2016 144 146 100
2017 147 167 86
2018 153 159 88
2019 169 209 92
2020 145 190 83