About Nestlé in the U.S.
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. Our diverse portfolio of foods and beverages provides nutritious options for every member of the family, and supports both the first 1000 days of life and healthy aging for people and pets.
Our operations in the U.S. are composed of eight separate corporate entities: Nestlé USA, Nestlé Waters North America, Nestlé Purina, Gerber, Nestlé Health Science, Nestlé Professional, Nestlé Skin Health, and Nespresso.
Nestlé is home to 120 U.S. locations in 47 states, including 77 production facilities and 10 R&D facilities. We employ 51,000 people in the United States.
Our founding story is really one of American ingenuity if not geography. 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. In a merger 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. It was this partnership that launched Nestlé on the path to the work we do today. You can download our full history eBook "Nestlé in the United States: A Celebration of Good Food, Good Life" on your iPhone or iPad.
Creating Shared Value
Creating Shared Value remains the fundamental guiding principle for how Nestlé does business. CSV is the strategy tool that Nestlé uses to operationalize and manage all the actions it takes to ensure it creates value for shareholders and for society. This is how Nestlé brings its 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 2016 Creating Shared Value Report:
Project Opportunity is a career acceleration initiative to help people of all ages gain work experience and strengthen their professional development skills in food and beverage manufacturing. Part of Project Opportunity contributes to the Nestlé Global Youth Initiative to help people develop skills and become more employable. Nestlé has pledged to use Project Opportunity efforts to expand its apprenticeship program to 31 Nestlé factories in the United States, hire 1,000 paid interns and trainees by 2017, and reach 300,000 people with “readiness for work” activities annually. Additionally, the initiative includes two national partnerships focused on veteran hiring and career readiness with Hiring Our Heroes and The Mission Continues. Learn more about Project Opportunity and veteran hiring partnerships.
On August 10th 2017, Nestlé in the U.S. embarked on a national day of volunteering, supporting 150 communities in the 47 states in which Nestlé businesses operate. In support of #NestléCares, the company partnered with the Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s largest and most effective youth conservation service organization. More than 6,000 Nestlé employees donated their time and talents in activities primarily focused on water stewardship, sustainability and caring for the environment.Learn more about the #NestleCares day of service and take a look at our 2016 volunteer event, #Nestle150for150, which celebrated our company's 150th anniversary.
Parent Support Policy
In June 2015 Nestlé announced the launch of a global Parent Support Policy (PSP) that would offer 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 United States 2016 Creating Shared Value Report
Nestlé Brands in the US
Nestlé Media Contacts in the US