Meaningful Dialogue

Our commitment: Provide meaningful and accurate environmental information and dialogue

 

By 2015 – Increase engagement with stakeholders in the environmental community to advance our U.S. commitment to environmental sustainability.

A fundamental aspect of CSV within our communities is effective communication and dialogue with our stakeholders. Here in the U.S., we have a vast network of people, organizations, communities and influencers whose input helps us better understand the issues that are important to our business.

Our Progress

A fundamental aspect of Creating Shared Value within our communities is effective communication and dialogue with our stakeholders. Here in the U.S., we have a vast network of people, organizations, communities and influencers whose input helps us better understand the issues that are important to our business.

In 2015, Nestlé held a CSV Convening in Washington D.C. for the first time since 2008 to determine which issues are most material to our external stakeholders here in the United States. The convening drew 61 external stakeholders representing organizations spanning academia, foundations, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, faith based organizations, investors, government agencies and think tanks. The objective of the convening was to build understanding of Nestlé’s work on CSV including our commitments, hear and respond to what is most material to our internal and external stakeholders, and build relationships to promote collaboration and collective action.

Our stakeholder engagement work determined that water stewardship, childhood obesity and nutrition, health and wellness are the top three issues for our stakeholders in the United States. Environmental stewardship also ranked high among our United States stakeholders. Rural development and food security ranked lower in importance, and although respondents considered these issues to be of lower priority, they continue to play a part in Nestlé’s Creating Shared Value strategy globally and in the United States as they are so critical to our business.