Nestlé in the United States is committed to enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future--for individuals and families, for our thriving and resilient communities, and for the planet. We are transforming our product portfolio – from pet care, bottled water, frozen meals, and infant nutrition – to meet changing consumer needs by focusing on high-growth food, beverage and consumer health categories with brands consumers love.
Our operations in the U.S. are composed of seven operating companies: Nestlé USA, Nestlé Waters North America, Nestlé Purina, Gerber, Nestlé Health Science, Nestlé Professional, and Nespresso.
Nestlé is home to more than 300 U.S. locations in 36 states, including 79 manufacturing facilities. We employ 48,000 people in the United States.
Our founding story is one of American ingenuity if not geography. American entrepreneurs George and Charles Page from Lee County, Illinois, built Europe’s first condensed milk factory in 1866 when they founded the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company. When the company merged with rival Henri Nestlé, who in 1867 began selling his life-saving infant cereal in Vevey, Switzerland, the Nestlé and Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company was born. Since then, Nestlé in the U.S. has contributed to the growth, innovation, and success that has defined the global company for over 150 years.
Creating Shared Value in the U.S.
Creating Shared Value remains the fundamental guiding principle for how Nestlé does business across the globe and we are committed to creating that same shared value in the U.S. CSV is the strategy tool that Nestlé uses to operationalize and manage all the actions we take to ensure we create value for shareholders and for society. This is how we bring our purpose to life — to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future.
Our focus areas are firmly embedded in our purpose. Individuals and families, our communities and the planet as a whole are interconnected, and our efforts in each of these areas are supported through our commitments, the vast majority of which have been reframed and feature objectives to 2020. These commitments will, in turn, enable us to meet our ambitions for 2030 in line with the timescale of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Take a look at our 2018 Creating Shared Value Report.
Nestlé Parent Support Policy
At Nestlé, we continue to institute our global Parent Support Policy (PSP) that launched in 2015 and offers employees a minimum of 14 weeks paid leave and the right to extend that leave up to six months. PSP is open to all Nestlé employees in the U.S. who have been with the company for at least six months and are regularly scheduled to work at least 30 hours per week, including hourly workers and commissioned sales force team members. The policy is already yielding positive results: take a look at some of the stories and latest data from the implementation of the policy.
Nestlé in the U.S. has joined state and local governments, universities, and other companies to say that #WeAreStillIn the Paris Climate Agreement. In line with the Nestlé principle to Create Shared Value, we have undertaken initiatives aimed at achieving zero environmental impact from business operations by 2030. Our renewable energy investment in southeastern Pennsylvania will allow five of our factories in the region to run on 80% clean electricity over the next 15 years. In 2017, 47 of all 75 U.S. factories sent zero waste to landfills. Nestlé has also redesigned its packaging to help save 22.5 tons of plastic – the equivalent of taking 93,000 cars off the road for an entire year. For Nestlé, continuing on the path of environmental sustainability is beneficial for consumers, business, and the planet. Learn more about Nestlé’s plans to contribute to a healthier planet.