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 200 U.S. locations in 34 states, including 68 manufacturing facilities. We employ more than 36,000 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 (CSV) is 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 operate in a way that is good for the business, while creating 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.
We have identified three pillars to maximize our impact. 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 CSV commitments. In turn, these commitments 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.
2050 Climate Ambition
We have a global ambition to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. As a food company, addressing climate change is not only a business imperative, as extreme weather patterns continue to impact our raw material supply chains, but also critical in our target to improve livelihoods in communities connected to our business. To achieve our ambition, we are pioneering renewable energy alternatives, scaling up initiatives in agriculture to absorb more carbon, and innovating across our portfolio to include more products with a better environmental footprint. In the U.S., we are also advocating for policies that inspire the development and use of cleaner energy alternatives. Learn more about our climate goals.
Nestlé Parent Support Policy
Nestlé is implementing an enhanced Parent Support Policy (PSP) in the U.S. The policy applies to employees at every level of the business, offering 18 weeks of paid leave for primary caregivers with an ability to extend total leave to 26 weeks. The parent not designated as the primary caregiver is eligible to four fully paid weeks. With the enhanced PSP, we are reinforcing our commitment to creating a workplace that supports and empowers its people so they can achieve their best results. The policy is already yielding positive results: take a look at some of the stories and latest data from the implementation of the policy.