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Sustainability governance

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We want to be the trusted leader in our sector.

Building our business on clear principles and sound governance helps maintain trust in the Nestlé brand and reduce risk throughout our value chain.


Governance at Nestlé

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Our governance structure

The Board of Directors, Chairman, CEO and Executive Board supervise and manage our role in society and the CSV strategy. They are supported by the internal management bodies and relevant committees (as noted below) to deliver on our ambitions and commitments.

Governance structure

The Nestlé Corporate Business Principles

Our Corporate Business Principles form the basis of our culture, our values and our Creating Shared Value (CSV) strategy. The principles are available in various languages, and we have a formal commitment to provide all employees with training on them. The ongoing implementation of relevant business codes, policies, processes and tools ensures compliance. We monitor their application and effectiveness through various channels, including our CARE audits. 

The Corporate Business Principles are reviewed by our Executive Board and aligned with international best practice and standards such as the UN Global Compact (UNGC) Principles.

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ESG and Sustainability Council

Our new ESG and Sustainability Council advises Nestlé’s Executive Board on how to make informed and science-based decisions, while providing strategic leadership and execution support for the business. It drives the focused and aligned actions to deliver our Net Zero Roadmap for example.  

Members of the ESG and Sustainability Council include Executive Board Members:

Having joined Nestlé in 1985 as a Brand Manager, Bernard has spent most of his career with the company holding various roles across Europe. He is currently Head of our Strategic Business Units and Marketing and Sales.

Currently serving as our Chief Executive Officer, Zone Latin America (LATAM), Laurent joined Nestlé France in 1986 in the field of sales and marketing and has spent his whole career with the company.

With a business degree Marco joined Nestlé in 1987 in the field of marketing. Having spent over 35 years with the company he is now our Chief Executive Officer, Zone Europe.

A board member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Magdi holds a PHD from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale, Lausanne, Switzerland. He joined Nestlé in 1991 as a technical engineer and became a Factory Manager for Nestlé Lebanon in 1997.  Following several other progressively senior roles he now serves as our Head of Operations.

With a PHD in Process engineering and an MBA in marketing, Stefan is an Associated Professor of Food Science and Technology at the University of Copenhagen. He joined Nestlé as a project manager over 20 years ago and has progressively risen to his current position as Chief Technology Officer.

With a legal background and a career that has included positions in the Royal Bank of Canada, Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Canada, Leanne joined Nestlé in 2019 as an Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Corporate Governance and Compliance.

In a career that has taken him all around the world, François has held senior financial roles since 1991 and took his first Chief Financial Officer position in 2000. He joined Nestlé as Chief Financial officer in 2015.


Sustainability Committee

Our Sustainability Committee reflects the importance of sustainability in Nestlé's corporate governance.
The Sustainability Committee currently comprises:

Following a successful career that included ten years in senior roles at McKinsey & Company, Hanne co-founded and served as Chairperson of Swiss-based management consultancy a-connect in 2002. She was elected to the Nestlé Board of Directors in 2020.

A former President and CEO of Dutch retail multinational Ahold Delhaize, Dick was elected to the Board of Directors in 2019. He also serves on the Compensation Committee.

With a Master’s degree in Agriculture/Grassland Science and a PHD in Agriculture/Animal Physiology, Lindiwe is a Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and Director and Chairwoman of the African Research Universities Alliance Center of Excellence in Sustainable Food Systems. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2021.

As Chief Marketing Officer and Member of the Executive Committee at Schneider Electric, Chris brings deep experience in Asia through her global and regional roles. She was elected to the Nestlé Board of Directors in 2022.


Creating Shared Value Council

The Creating Shared Value Council is an external advisory council formed in 2009. The Council helps ensure the sound development of long-term sustainability and positive social and economic impacts of the CSV business strategy.

Chaired by Janet Voûte, the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Council comprises nine external members, whose expertise spans corporate social responsibility, strategy, sustainability, nutrition, water and rural development. 

The Nestlé Creating Shared Value Council is made up of recognized global leaders in the fields of nutrition, water, rural development, business strategy and corporate responsibility. The members serve as advisors to help facilitate the ongoing development of the Company’s Creating Shared Value business strategy.

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Georg Kell is Chairman of Arabesque, an ESG Quant fund manager that uses self-learning quantitative models and big data to assess the performance and sustainability of globally listed companies.

Georg is the Founder of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability movement, with over 9000 corporate and 4000 noncorporate participants in more than 160 countries. He is also Chairman of the VW Sustainability Council.

Georg also oversaw the conception and launch of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

Mark R. Kramer is a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, where he teaches courses on Creating Shared Value and Purpose & Profit.

He is best known as the co-author of seminal articles on Creating Shared Value, Collective Impact, and Catalytic Philanthropy.

Mark co-founded FSG, a global consulting firm that helps develop social impact strategies for many of the world’s largest foundations, corporations and nonprofit organizations.

He is a summa cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, The Wharton School, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Bryan Meehan is the former owner, CEO and Chair of Blue Bottle Coffee. Since acquiring Blue Bottle in 2012, he has grown the company from seven to more than 100 locations across the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong and China.

Bryan's career has been focused on smaller companies that are challenging larger ones primarily around the areas of product quality, sustainability and innovation. Previously, he co-founded Nude Skincare and Fresh & Wild natural food stores in London (now Whole Foods).

He serves on the Board of Trustees at De Young and Legion of Honor museums in San Francisco.

Ms Neo Gim Huay is Managing Director and Head of the Center for Nature and Climate at the World Economic Forum. Prior to the Forum, Gim Huay held various Managing Director roles in Temasek International, including Climate Change Strategy, Sustainability, and Enterprise Development. She was responsible for spearheading Temasek's climate and sustainability strategy and initiatives including ESG policy, decarbonisation, impact investing and blended finance as well as capability building and stakeholder engagement.

Gim Huay has also worked as a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Co where, among others, she co-led the set up of the company's first office in Sub Saharan Africa in Lagos, Nigeria. In addition to McKinsey, Gim Huay has held multiple positions in the Singapore Government, including in the trade and finance ministries and US Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Gim Huay holds an MBA from Stanford University, graduating in the top 10% of the class as an Arjay Miller Scholar. She has a Masters in Engineering (Distinction) and Bachelor of Arts (First Class) from Cambridge University. She was selected an Eisenhower fellow in 2015.

Stuart Orr is the Leader of WWF’s Freshwater Practice at World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). He has spent his career devising and testing innovative approaches to freshwater conservation by engaging business and finance, and focusing on emerging themes such as the water-food-energy nexus, economic incentives, bankable financing and water-related risk. He has written numerous scientific papers and publications on issues ranging from corporate water governance to fish protein. He serves on a number of advisory councils and non-profit boards as well as supporting conservation projects in over 40 countries. Stuart holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia, UK.

Prabhu Pingali is Professor and Director of the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative at Cornell University and Full Professor in Applied Economics.

He has more than 25 years of experience in assessing the extent and impact of technical change in developing agriculture in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

He was formerly the Deputy Director of the Agriculture Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Director of the Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and he earned a PhD in Economics from North Carolina State University in 1982.

Frederick K. Swaniker is the co-founder of the African Leadership Group – an ecosystem of organizations that aim to catalyze a generation of ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders.

Collectively, these institutions aim to develop 3 million leaders for Africa by 2035.

Fred previously worked as a McKinsey consultant in South Africa before earning an MBA from Stanford. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; an Echoing Green Fellow; an Aspen Institute Fellow; was named one of Forbes magazine’s ‘Top ten young “power men” in Africa’ in 2011; and, most recently, was recognized as one of TIME magazine’s most influential people of 2019.

Janet Voûte is the Chairperson of the Creating Shared Value Council and a Non Executive Director at Bupa, the leading international health insurance and healthcare company.

She is currently a member of the Advisory Council at SustainAbility and is an Ambassador for the International Integrated Reporting Initiative.

Previously, Janet served as Global Head of Public Affairs at Nestlé. She spent 10 years in public health, serving as Partnership Advisor at the World Health Organization in the area of noncommunicable diseases and mental health, and as CEO of the World Heart Federation.

She began her career in corporate strategy consulting, where she was Vice President and Managing Partner at Bain & Company, Switzerland, focused on consumer goods and health-related industries.

With a Master’s degree in Agriculture/Grassland Science and a PHD in Agriculture/Animal Physiology, Lindiwe is a Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and Director and Chairwoman of the African Research Universities Alliance Center of Excellence in Sustainable Food Systems. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2021.
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