Accelerating Career Growth

Fair employment, diversity and inclusion are integral to Nestlé’s culture. We aim to provide a safe, rewarding workplace that inspires employees to fulfill their potential. We provide people with equal development opportunities and treat each other with dignity and respect.

Project Opportunity

In 2015, we launched our career acceleration program, Project Opportunity, in the US. It is designed to help people of all ages gain work experience and strengthen their skills in our industry.

  • We’ve established Nestlé in the U.S. as an employer of choice for veterans, supporting them with employment and training opportunities, which build upon their already impressive skills. We’re proud to employ more than 2,400 veterans across our operating companies.
  • In 2017, we hired 1,000 paid interns and trainees in manufacturing, supply chain, sales, finance, marketing, audit, IT and human resources roles.
  • We remain committed to our goal of reaching 300,000 people annually through “readiness for work” activities like mock interviews and career path role models.
  • Nestlé USA recently announced a new partnership with La Cocina VA, a Virginia-based nonprofit that provides culinary arts training to people who are unemployed to help created living wage opportunities for the unemployed. Through this partnership, La Cocina VA is able to enhance its culinary training program, feed more people, and move the group out of a church basement where it now operates and into a new state-of-the-art facility. The move will triple the organization’s capacity and the number of people it trains.

Diversity & Inclusion

  • Nestlé USA and Nestlé Purina, scoring 90/100 and 100/100, respectively, are proud to be among top U.S. businesses embracing inclusive policies for LGBT workers, as highlighted in the 2017 Corporate Equality Index report.
  • Diversity doesn’t just stop at our hiring practices, but we are committed to supplier diversity in our supply chain as well. Recently, we paid $2.3 billion to 7,264 small, minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses and helped sustain jobs across the country.
  • In 2016, as part of the White House Equal Pay Pledge, each Nestlé business in the U.S. committed to reviewing its hiring practices, assessments, and promotion decisions at the business level on an annual basis and will work towards improving our ability to achieve gender balance and foster an equitable and inclusive environment for all of our employees. We recommitted ourselves globally in 2018 by joining the Equal Pay International Coalition, led by the International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Women, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Learn more about Diversity and Inclusion at Nestlé in the U.S.

Parental Leave Support

  • The health of our business is linked to the health of the society in which we operate. Paid family leave is an important part of that equation. Available to all Nestlé employees who have been with the company for six months and work at least 30 hours per week, our Nestlé Parental Support policy is gender-neutral and open to biological parents, adoptive parents or any primary caregiver of a newborn child. We offer up to 14 weeks of paid leave and an additional 12 weeks of unpaid leave following the birth or adoption of a newborn child. In the first year, we had 585 employees take advantage of the new program, 30% of which were hourly and/or commissioned workers. Of the 585 employees who took advantage of the new program, 97.6% returned to Nestlé after their leave.
  • In addition to the Parental Support policy, we offer employees a broad network of parenthood support, including medical benefits and prescription drug benefits for infertility treatments, a free breast pump, 24-hour-a-day consultation with lactation specialists, children’s books, full-value coupons for Gerber formula or baby food, and a credit for other new parent essentials. In 2018, we joined with other major companies to partner with Panorama to share our paid leave data and to encourage other likeminded companies to share their analytics as we collectively work across industries to build even stronger programs for employees and their families.

Where we make an impact

Driven by our company purpose to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future, we have defined three overarching ambitions which will guide our work towards achieving our 2020 commitments and supporting the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our global efforts in these areas are supported through 42 commitments.

Learn more about Nestlé's global approach to support the planet