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Oct 24, 2019

Nestlé reinforces commitment to offer professional development opportunities for youth in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay

young people attending the summit

According to the International Labor Organization, one out of five young people in Latin America cannot find employment. Reason enough for Nestlé and 58 partner companies to reaffirm their 'Mercosur Youth Employability Agreement' to young people from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. On the occasion of the second Mercosur Youth Summit in São Paulo, Brazil, the coalition committed to providing 45,000 professional development opportunities by the end of 2020 – 5,000 more than initially envisaged in the ‘Mercosur Youth Employability Agreement’ signed last year in Montevideo.

"We continuously invest in the next generation of talents in order to provide them with the skillset that will be required for the jobs of the future", Laurent Freixe, Nestlé CEO for the Americas, said. "We want young people to become successful innovators, entrepreneurs and creators regardless of their field or level of expertise."

Under Nestlé’s leadership, the 'Mercosur Youth Employability Agreement' was launched in 2018 during the first Mercosur Youth Summit in Montevideo, Uruguay, bringing together companies from the private sector, the International Youth Organization for Ibero-America (OIJ) and the governments of the four Mercosur countries to promote youth employability and entrepreneurship.

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