A Message from the Chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA

Paul Grimwood 
Chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA

 

In support of the release of the global 2016 Nestlé in Society report, Nestlé in the U.S. is pleased to share our 2016 Creating Shared Value Report focused on the core themes: Nutrition, Health and Wellness; Water; Environmental Sustainability; Rural Development and Responsible Sourcing; and Social Impact.

As 2016 marked Nestlé’s 150th anniversary, we celebrated a major milestone and took time to reflect on what we learned in our first 150 years of business. To thrive in today’s business environment means we must be more nimble and innovative than ever. And our continued success will be driven by how we bring our purpose to life—enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.

At Nestlé, Creating Shared Value (CSV) remains the fundamental guiding principle for how we do business. CSV is a business strategy that we use to ensure we create long-term positive impact for shareholders and society through everything we do. As part of the largest food and beverage company in the world, the changes we make in how we make food, run our factories, or manage our supply lines can make a difference.

Our products reach nearly every household in the United States, with 97% of homes purchasing Nestlé brands. We listened to consumers and changed 1,830 recipes in 2016 to respond to their needs, whether to reduce sodium, remove artificial colors and flavors, or increase essential nutrients. As of 2016, we’ve hired more than 1,400 employees for internships, trainee and development programs, and apprenticeships through our Project Opportunity initiative. Additionally, we’re increasing our emphasis on recruitment of military veterans, and we remain focused on matching veterans to jobs that utilize their specialized training and skill sets. And we made progress toward our goal to send zero waste to landfill; 47 of our 77 factories have achieved this milestone.

Contributing to a healthier future means holding ourselves to the highest standard, whether it’s food quality, community engagement, or our continued commitment to sustainability. Our U.S. based businesses will significantly contribute to the three overarching ambitions our global parent company, Nestlé S.A., has set out to achieve by 2030:

Driving purposeful change would not be possible without the dedication of our 51,000 employees in the U.S. market. Throughout this report, we highlight employees whose jobs directly impact and influence the implementation and assessment of our commitments to society. These examples will provide just a small window into who we are and what we’re achieving.

We want to be the trusted leader in our sector, and the first step is being transparent about our progress against our goals. We will responsibly embrace our size and use our reach to create shared value for individuals and families, our communities, and the planet.

We look forward to your feedback on our performance.




Paul Grimwood 
Chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA