Nestlé: Transparent on commitments

Latest Press ReleasesMar 11, 2014

Nestlé’s efforts to meet a series of commitments in areas where the company engages withsociety are detailed in a new report, Nestlé in Society2013 (pdf, 3Mb).

The35 pledges cover nutrition, water, rural development, sustainability andcompliance.

Nestléaims to fulfil all these commitments by 2020 or earlier. Ten are new this yearand six are updated, based on feedback from stakeholders over the last 12months.

Thereport underlines Nestlé’s fundamental belief that, for a company to besuccessful over the long term and create value for shareholders, it must alsocreate value for society. The commitments show our determination to achievethis.

Theyinclude, for example, leading the industry in nutrition and health research,and providing nutritionally sound products designed for children.

Thelong-term view

“We believe that this2013 report on Creating Shared Value at Nestlé represents a significant stepforward in our drive to communicate transparently,” said Nestlé Chairman PeterBrabeck-Letmathe.

“Fora company like ours to prosper, we must take a long-term view, framed in arobust set of principles and values based on respect,” he added.  


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Nestlé Chief ExecutiveOfficer Paul Bulcke said he hoped the report would enable shareholders andstakeholders to hold the company accountable, and to offer guidance andfeedback.

“This is a set offorward-looking commitments covering every part of our business, providing aclear sense of the strategic direction we are heading in and the standards towhich we hold ourselves accountable,” Mr Bulcke said.

“They are real, they arecredible, and we will do everything in our power to make sure they aredeliverable. But we know that there will be challenges along the way, and thesetoo we will share with you.”


Nestlé’s renewedpolicies for the reduction of salt, sugars and saturated fats and the removalof trans fats originating from partially hydrogenated oils highlight itsongoing commitment to global public health.

Nestlé is committed toreducing both sodium (salt) and sugars in its products.

When reducing thesaturated fats and removing trans fats originating from partially hydrogenatedoils in its products, Nestlé will prioritise those products consumed bychildren and families, such as soups, snacks, pizzas and ready-made meals.

Ongoing investments inits network of research and development centres, and through its externalcollaborations and partnerships, will help Nestlé achieve these targets andcontinually and positively contribute to society’s nutrition, health andwellness needs long into the future.

The new commitmentsadded to this year’s report are the result of specific recommendations receivedon the 2012 report during engagement with stakeholders.

Five cover Nestlé’sexisting W.A.T.E.R. commitments, giving them greater emphasis and making thecompany publically accountable for their attainment.

Othercommitments that the company has undertaken focus on people – including apromise to assess and address human rights impacts in its operations and supplychain, to eliminate child labour and to enhance gender balance.

Keyachievements in 2013

  • 7,789 products have been renovatedfor nutrition or health considerations
  • More than 67 billion servings offortified products have been provided.
  • Packaging material has been reducedby 66,594 tonnes, saving CHF 158 million
  • Overall water withdrawals have beenreduced by 33% per tonne of product since 2005.
  • 300,000 farmers have been trainedthrough capacity-building programmes
  • An absolute reduction in direct GHGemissions of 7.4% has been achieved since 2005.


  • Work to achieve water efficiencyacross our operations
  • Advocate for effective waterpolicies and stewardship
  • Treat the water we discharge effectively
  • Engage with suppliers, especiallythose in agriculture
  • Raise awareness of water access andconservation


  • Ranked number one by the charityOxfam in its 2013 Behind the Brands scorecard.
  • Ranked one of the top 3 global foodand beverage manufacturers in the Access to Nutrition Index
  • Lead its industry group in the DowJones Sustainability Index 2013
  • Remains the only infant formulamanufacturer included in FTSE’s responsible investment index
  • Achieved the maximum score in theCDP Climate Performance Leadership Index

Related Information:

Nestlé in Society(pdf, 3Mb)
What is CSV?
Creating SharedValue Global Forum 2013
Annual Report (pdf,5Mb)
Year in Review(pdf, 6Mb)
CSV case studies:Around the world
How we implementour commitments: Nutrition
The Cocoa Plan
The Nescafé Plan 

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