09 August 2019
Driven by the Nestle purpose, enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future, our 2030 ambitions align with those of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and support the Every Woman Every Child movement. Specifically, we contribute to this important work through: supporting breastfeeding, delivering nutrition and fostering healthy behaviors, empowering women throughout the supply chain, and increasing access to safe water and sanitation in rural communities.
We promote the benefits of breastfeeding through dedicated campaigns for World Breastfeeding Week. This includes an online platform where parents can find tips, advice and information on breastfeeding and how to support their baby in the 1000 days from conception to their second birthday. We foster breastfeeding-friendly workplaces through our Maternity Protection Policy. We have set up breastfeeding rooms on our premises with more than 50 female employees (425 sites). We have also installed 5437 breastfeeding rooms for public use in India, Bangladesh and China.
We engaged thousands of healthcare professionals through conferences, workshops and partnerships with hospitals to reach an estimated 75 million people during World Breastfeeding Week this year. In Egypt, we organized an online educational session on the country’s most popular forum for women, while our media campaigns reached 2.5 million people in Poland and 3 million in Ecuador.
To ensure women and children get sustained benefits from nutrition, we fortify affordable products like Maggi condiments and noodles, cereals and children’s milks. We delivered 184.7 billion servings of fortified foods and beverages incorporating at least one of the Big 4 micronutrients (iron, iodine, vitamin A and zinc) in 64 countries with higher vulnerability to micronutrient malnutrition in 2018. Of our popularly positioned products for lower-income consumers, 83.9% were also fortified with at least one of the Big 4 (as defined by the WHO). As a result of our global efforts, we ranked second out of the 18 largest food and beverage manufacturing companies assessed by the 2018 Access to Nutrition Index™(ATNI) in the category of Addressing Undernutrition.
We believe that communities cannot thrive if they cannot improve the livelihood of women. We have specific commitments to promote gender balance, within our own operations and in the societies and communities we source from. We are also pledged to closing the gender pay gap, with equal pay for equal work for our employees and have entered in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. In addition, we have a commitment to empower women across the entire value chain. As an example, we provide training on farming, finance and leadership to women throughout raw material supply chains. We have also created a tool to understand gender equality in coffee suppliers and partnered with the Fair Labor Association to investigate grievance mechanisms for women in cocoa communities. We also work on ‘income-generating activities’ for women in Côte d’Ivoire’s cocoa-growing regions as a key remediation action for tackling child labor. By empowering women and generating income, risk is reduced and communities’ benefit.
Together with the IFRC we also partner to improve rural communities access to water, sanitation and hygiene. This initiative benefits women and children. At the end of 2018, 75, 8604 people around the world were benefiting from our WASH programs.
Driven by the Nestle purpose, enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future, our 2030 ambitions align with those of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and support the Every Woman Every Child movement. Specifically, we contribute to this important work through: supporting breastfeeding, delivering nutrition and fostering healthy behaviors, empowering women, and increasing access to safe water and sanitation in rural communities.
We believe breast milk is the ideal nutrition for infants. That’s why we promote the WHO’s recommendation to exclusively breastfeed infants for the first six months of life, followed by the introduction of adequate nutritious complementary foods, along with sustained breastfeeding up to two years and beyond. On 26 June, 2015, Nestlé launched its Global Maternity Protection Policy for its employees worldwide. The policy applies to all primary caregivers of a newborn including male employees and those who adopt children. It is based on the ILO Maternity Protection Convention. It gives employees a minimum of 14 weeks paid maternity leave, the right to extend their maternity leave up to six months, employment protection, and flexible working arrangements and guaranteed access to breastfeeding rooms during working hours in head offices and site with more than 50 female employees.
To ensure that children and women get sustained benefits from the best nutrition, in addition to fortifying products, we have have launched new nutritional products for mothers-to-be, new mothers, infants and children. We also aim to foster healthy behaviours in children and families through Nestlé for Healthier Kids efforts which support parents and caregivers with our research, product formulation, education and lifestyle services.
We believe that communities cannot thrive if they cannot improve the livelihood of women. As a global company, we recognize that agriculture is important for rural women, and we aim at strengthening women’s access to resources and training and improving their safety, health and well being. For our employees, we track and monitor gender balance, achieving progress, through a rigorous succession planning process, clear development plans and awareness-raising sessions. We also have women empowerment activities Women’s empowerment activities through our cocoa, Nescafé and dairy plans.
Together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, we partner to improve rural communities’ access to water, sanitation and hygiene. Over the 15 year partnership, we have reached more than 215,000 people in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana with access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene – and several thousands more are benefitting from local partnerships across the globe. In 2017, we expanded the partnership to Ethiopia where we will provide WASH services to communities surrounding our factory there.
Nestlé launched its Global Maternity Protection Policy for its employees worldwide in June 2015. The policy, based on the ILO Maternity Protection Convention, gives employees a minimum of 14 weeks paid maternity leave and the right to extend their maternity leave up to six months; employment protection and nondiscrimination; health protection in the workplace for all pregnant or nursing women; flexible working arrangements; and a conducive work environment to breastfeed, including guaranteed access to breastfeeding rooms, and daily breaks or reduction of work hours to breastfeed. By 2018, Nestlé will implement these five (5) minimum standards in all its markets.
Additionally, Nestlé is committed to providing access to clean water and sanitation through its partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Nestlé has partnered with the IFRC Societies since 2002. In an evolving relationship that today provides access to clean water and sanitation almost 200,000 people in Ivorian cocoa farming communities. The Partnership has been renewed in 2014 for 5 million Swiss Francs over five years which will enable further programming in Cote d’Ivoire and an extension to Ghana.
Nestlé contributes to Every Woman Every Child with several initiatives. In 2015, Nestlé launched its Global Maternity Protection Policy for its employees. The policy applies to all primary caregivers of a newborn including male employees and those who adopt children. Employees have a minimum of 14 weeks paid maternity leave, the right to extend their maternity leave up to six months, employment protection, and flexible working arrangements and guaranteed access to breastfeeding rooms during working hours in head offices and site with more than 50 female employees.
We aim to foster healthy behaviours in children and families through three programmes. Stay Healthy First 1000 Days Nutrition programme is an engaging e-learning course, that helps mothers understand what to feed, how to feed and why the first 1000 days are crucial to their baby’s future health. By the end of 2016, the programme was live in more than 40 markets. During The World Breastfeeding Week, Nestlé “Start Healthy, Stay Healthy” Programme reached more than 55 million people through activities such as the Superbabies campaign to support breastfeeding. The superbabies videos have been viewed more than 21 million times. 8.3 million children have been reached by the Healthy Kids Global Programme. With new programmes established in Gabon and Palestinian territories, we are now active in 84 countries. The United for Healthier Kids is a pioneering, comprehensive, science-based programme with a social media core. The engagement with local public and private partners provides parents of children under 12 years with new tools to inspire and enable behavioural change. Over the last two years, United for Healthier Kids has reached more than 170 million parents.It is now active in 10 countries. To address undernutrition, in 2016 Nestlé delivered 207billion micronutrient-fortified servings of foods and beverages worldwide helping to address global micronutrient deficiencies.
As the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company, Nestlé makes considerable investments designed to enhance the quality of life of its employees, consumers, suppliers and the communities in which it operates. Overall, Nestlé maintains nearly 300 business-related activities and programmes which directly support the MDGs – particularly related to women’s empowerment and health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, and community development, especially in rural areas. This unique engagement experience with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is based on Nestlé’s fundamental business philosophy of Creating Shared Value whereby healthy communities, lead to healthy economic systems for growth and development.
Nestlé’s commitment to Every Woman Every Child is anchored in continuing and scaling up a host of programmes, including the expansion of Nestlé Healthy Kids Global Programme (HKP) to 51 new countries at the end of 2011. HKP has been designed to address today’s complex health challenges, such as poor nutrition and obesity, by teaching school-age children the value of good nutrition and physical activity. Each programme has been developed in collaboration with national health and education authorities, and child nutrition experts, to address the specific needs of children in target areas. In 2010, alone, HKP reached 3.35 million children.
Nestlé commits to expanding nutrition education to teenage girls in all its milk villages in India to help increase their knowledge about good nutrition and healthy diets. Nestlé also aims to double the number of countries covered by its “Healthy Kids Global Program” launched in 2010, and already has programs in over 50 countries reaching 5 million children. Nestlé is rapidly expanding the training of women to be door to door entrepreneurs and distributors of healthy food products, earning on the average 40% more than minimum wage. In Brazil alone, 6,000 have been trained, to expand to 10,000 by the beginning of 2011. Nestlé supports over 250 programs in countries around the world aimed at empowering women to gain economic independence and escape poverty in three primary areas: farming, nutrition, and small-scale distributors of food products.
· 600,000 women reached through workplace business and entrepreneurial skills training through local initiatives in Central and West Africa, Argentina and Venezuela
· Over 130,000 women reached through technical assistance programs in dairy farming and food safety in India, Pakistan, and Morocco and in cocoa and coffee farming in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana
· 17 Women’s Economic Empowerment programs in 20 countries
· Over USD $10 million in total investments as of 2013
Socio-economic benefits for women participants include:
· Poverty reduction & social inclusion
· Additional income
· New business start-ups
· Improved financial management skills translating into greater economic independence
· Improved economic situation of women farmers
· Better yield for women dairy farmers
· Improved animal healthcare
· Increased awareness of food safety and health hazards
· Healthier cooking habits and awareness of obesity