Our commitments

   

As the world’s leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company, we are creating shared value in nutrition, water and rural development while protecting the environment in which we operate. To support our aims, we are making forward-looking worldwide commitments. We believe sharing our commitments is important.

Communicating our policies and commitments year-on-year over the medium to longer term, provides a focus for all involved. Commitments help us assess our progress and, most importantly, share this with stakeholders.

Our commitments demonstrate our intent and allow stakeholders to hold us accountable for our achievements and shortcomings. We welcome this level of transparency, which incentivises us to achieve continuous improvement in our CSV, environmental sustainability and compliance performance. This is what matters most.

We have a number of short- and longer-term commitments in place on a global level, many in the form of corporate policies and we have developed key performance indicators for many of them.

All our commitments are built around our Corporate Business Principles. Those related to CSV are continuously refined through engagement with our stakeholders and our CSV Advisory Board.

  • Topic How Progress Future
    Improving the nutrition profile of our products
    Provide nutritionally sound products designed for children Nestlé Nutritional Profiling System / Nestlé Nutritional Foundation criteria, and Nestlé Children’s Healthy Growth Strategy 2012
    89% children’s products (sales value) meeting all Nestlé Nutritional Foundation criteria for children
    2014
    100% children’s products (sales value) meeting all Nestlé Nutritional Foundation criteria for children
    Help reduce risk of under‑nutrition through micronutrient fortification Nestlé Micronutrient Fortification Policy (2000, updated 2011) 2012
    Over 150 billion micronutrient‑ fortified servings worldwide per annum
    2016
    200 billion servings worldwide, with a special focus on children and women of child‑bearing age
    Nestlé Biofortification Programme: sourcing conventionally‑bred staple food crops which are biofortified with essential vitamins and minerals in order to promote their planting and consumption by rural populations in developing countries 2012
    8 conventionally‑bred staple crops biofortified with zinc/iron/pro‑vitA in development by R&D Abidjan and Singapore
    2015
    Launch biofortified products in key markets as a complement to direct fortification
    Reduce salt in our products Nestlé Policy on Salt (2005, updated 2012) 2012
    90% of children’s products (sales value) meeting the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation sodium criterion
    2014
    100% of children’s products (sales value) meeting the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation sodium criterion
    2011
    Our culinary and breakfast cereal recipes contained 12 500 tonnes less salt than in 2005
    2015
    further 10% reduction in other relevant products
    Reduce sugars in our products Nestlé Policy on Sugars (2007) 2012
    90% of children’s products (sales value) meeting the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation sugars criterion
    2014
    100% of children’s products (sales value) meeting the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation sugars criterion
    2011
    9000 tonnes less sugars in breakfast cereals overall vs. 2003
    2015
    Less than 9g of total sugars in any serving of children’s or teen’s breakfast cereals
    Reduce saturated fats in our products Nestlé Policy on Saturated Fats (2009) 2012
    90% of children’s products (sales value) meeting the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation saturated fats criterion
    2014
    100% of children’s products (sales value) meeting the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation saturated fats criterion
    Reduce trans fats in our products Nestlé Policy on TFAs (2003) 2012
    99% of all existing products comply with Nestlé Policy on TFAs
    2013+
    Apply Nestlé Policy on TFAs to all products, including newly acquired businesses
    Help increase consumption of whole grains and vegetables, including via healthier home cooking Nestlé adding whole grains to breakfast cereals 2012
    Breakfast cereals with Green Banner on pack contain at least 8 g whole grains per serving
    2015
    More whole grain than any other ingredient in any serving of children’s or teen’s breakfast cereals
    Nestlé promoting vegetable consumption via teaching home cooking and healthy meal structure 2012
    Maggi Cooking Lesson Programme on‑going in 8 countries
    2015
    Maggi Cooking Lesson Programme on‑going in 30 countries
    2012
    65% of Maggi product portfolio worldwide promoting home cooking and meals with vegetables
    2015
    90% of Maggi product portfolio worldwide promoting home cooking and meals with vegetables
    Information
    Deliver nutrition information and advice on all our labels Nestlé Standard on Nutritional Compass Labeling (2005, updated 2011) 2012
    96.8% (sales value) of all relevant products worldwide featuring the Nutritional Compass
    2016
    Provide further product information and nutrition advice, via QR codes on‑pack
    Nestlé Standard on Nutrition/GDA Labeling (2006, update 2013) 2012
    46.3% (sales value) of all relevant products worldwide with GDA labeling on front of pack
    2016
    100% (sales value) of all relevant products worldwide with GDA labeling on front of pack
    2016
    Introduce GDAs based on children’s reference values on all products designed for children where regulations allow
    Services
    Provide portion guidance Nestlé Portion Guidance initiative: making the right size and frequency of consumption as intuitive as possible (launched 2011) 2012
    CHF 26.2 billion sales of products with specific guidance
    2015
    Portion Guidance on 100% of children and family products, i.e. more than double sales coverage
    Promote healthy diets and lifestyles/physical activity Nestlé Healthy Kids Programme: teaching schoolchildren about healthy diets and active lifestyles, in partnership with appropriate stakeholders (launched 2009) 2012
    Programme on‑going in 64 countries, with 5.4 million children reached
    2015
    Programme on‑going in 80 countries, with activation of IAAF Kids’ Athletics
    Promote healthy hydration Nestlé Healthy Hydration Programme: promoting adequate water consumption as part of a healthy balanced diet, with a special focus on children (launched 2010) 2012
    Research on children’s hydration status in five countries with different drinking habits/climates and scientific publications in preparation
    2014
    Fact‑based healthy hydration awareness programme targeted at healthcare professionals, caregivers and parents worldwide
  • Topic How Progress Future
    Roll‑out Rural Development Framework Development of framework covering farmers, farm workers and communities Framework in place and Commitment document published (December 2012) By 2015 baseline assessments in place in 21 emerging economies of key importance to our business that show pronounced social need
    Roll-out Nestlé Cocoa Plan By enabling farmers to run profitable farms, eliminating child labour while developing a sustainable supply chain for Nestlé cocoa 2012
    27 000 farmers trained; 1.1 million plants propagated; Fair Labor Association Report; 13 schools built or refurbished; More than 46 000 tonnes of Cocoa Plan cocoa
    2013
    60 000 tonnes cocoa; 8 coops certified; Roll‑out of child labour monitoring and remediation to a further 6 coops; 10 schools built or refurbished; At least 20 000 farmers trained
    2015
    100 000 tonnes cocoa; Completion of WCF programme “40 schools in 4 years”
    Roll‑out Nescafé Plan Focus on sustainable consumption, production and manufacturing
    Membership of Common Code for Coffee Community (4C)
    Partnership with Rainforest Alliance
    2012
    More than 133 000 tonnes sourced from Farmer Connect
    More than 48 000 farmers trained
    22.5 million coffee plantlets distributed
    2015
    Source 180 000 tonnes from Farmer Connect, 100% in line with 4C baseline sustainability standard
    2020

    Source 90 000 tonnes SAN compliant coffee and distribute 220 million coffee plantlets
    Implement responsible sourcing and traceability Nestlé Supplier Code
    Nestlé Responsible Sourcing and Traceability Programme
    Partnerships with third parties
    2261 audits of First Tier suppliers
    Responsible Sourcing Guidelines for palm oil, paper, sugar, soya, vanilla, seafood
    Partnerships with TFT, Conservation International, Proforest
    2015
    Complete 10 000 responsible sourcing audits

    2013
    Achieve 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil, two years ahead of our public commitment
  • Topic How Progress Future
    Improve water efficiency
    Improve water stewardship outside factories
    The Nestlé Policy on Environmental Sustainability
    Nestlé Commitments on Water (2006)
    Nestlé Environmental Management System
    Water withdrawals down 29%, 2002 to 2012
    Water discharges down 45%, 2002 to 2012
    By 2015, reduce direct water withdrawal per tonne of product by 40% vs. 2005
    Revised Commitment document to be published 2013
  • Topic How Progress Future
    Improve resource efficiency The Nestlé Policy on Environmental Sustainability
    Nestlé Environmental Management System
    Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
    2012
    39 factories generating zero waste for disposal
    Ecodesign tool roll‑out initiated
    By 2015, 10% of Nestlé factories with zero waste
    By 2015, reduce energy consumption per tonne of product by 25% vs. 2005
    Improve environmental impact of our packaging The Nestlé Policy on Environmental Sustainability
    Packaging Impact Evaluation Tool (PIQET)
    47.1 kilotonnes of packaging material saved by weight 2012
    4000 projects and more than 13 000 scenarios evaluated
    Transition to a broader holistic Value Chain approach using EcodEX
    Assess and optimise the environmental impact of products The Nestlé Policy on Environmental Sustainability
    New Ecodesign tool EcodEX covering the entire value chain
    LCA completed in all main product categories
    Systematic sustainability assessment in new product development
    Initial Nestlé Sustainability Category Profiles (SCP) established and communicated
    Initial roll‑out of EcodEX
    Food database under development
    By 2013, roll‑out of EcodEX to all Product Technology Centres
    Provide climate change leadership The Nestlé Policy on Environmental Sustainability
    Commitment on Climate Change
    Commitment on Deforestation and Forest Stewardship (2011)
    Direct GHG emissions declined 24% between 2002 and 2012 while production increased 53%
    At end of 2012 9.3% of direct energy from renewable sources
    Better dairy farm practices
    Top company – all sectors combined – in Carbon Disclosure Project 2012
    By 2015, reduce direct GHG emissions per tonne of product by 35% vs. 2005 resulting in an absolute reduction of GHG emissions
    Preserve natural capital Responsible Sourcing Guidelines palm oil (2010)
    Assessment of factory locations and biodiversity (2011)
    Commitment on Natural Capital (2012)
    Assessment of biodiversity key issue areas and Nestlé responses (2012)
    Responsible Sourcing Guidelines on sugar, soya, paper, vanilla and seafood (2012)
    Dairy business RISE tool roll‑out
    RSGs for milk, coffee and cocoa
    Annual reporting on progress
    No deforestation Commitment on Deforestation and Forest Stewardship (2011) Responsible Sourcing Guidelines for Forest Based Materials (2012)
    Top food company in Forest Footprint Disclosure Project 2012
    Roll‑out of further RSGs (milk, coffee, cocoa)
    Annual reporting on progress
  • Topic How Progress Future
    Assess and address human rights impacts Nestlé Corporate Business Principles
    UN Global Compact Principles
    Partnership with the Danish Institute of Human Rights
    2010 - 2012
    7 Human Rights Impact Assessments completed

    2011 - 2012
    27 922 employees trained on human rights
    2015
    All significant FTSE4Good countries of concern covered and employees trained
    Eliminate child labour Membership of Fair Labor Association Action plans developed and being implemented in cocoa, hazelnuts and vanilla Roll‑out to further commodities and countries

Watch our progress

Specifically in nutrition, we take very seriously our commitment to enhance the quality of consumers' lives. We are proud of what we’ve achieved so far but have even bigger ambitions for the future, with work underway on many fronts to accelerate our contribution. Watch this space as we share more details with you over the next 18 months. Here, as in all our Nestlé in Society dimensions, we are committed to continuous improvement, and will report on our performance every year. We will also provide updates about our CSV, environmental sustainability and compliance performance and publish relevant case studies throughout the year.