February, Monday 21, 2014
Nestlé Congo participated in the 9th COMESA Business Partnerships Forum & Linkages Fair held on 21 – 22 February, 2014.
Opening remarks were provided by the Secretary General of COMESA, President of the Federation des Entreprises du Congo (FEC), and DRC Minister of Economy & Trade, acting for the Prime Minister.
During the 2 day forum, Franck Otete, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs/Corporate Affairs Manager at Nestlé Congo participated by discussing 2 key topics:
The Dynamics of Chains – from product to market
Promoting Authentic African Products – supporting COMESA origin products into regional markets
Key points highlighted were on our success story of establishing Nestlé footprint in the Congo, leveraging our corporate values and principles and creating value for the community. MAGGI® business and our operations linked to the Kingabua factory served as illustration to show our holistic approach of delivering quality products, developing our people and making sure all business stakeholders’ expectations are taken in account in the value chain.
On the second topic, Franck stressed the importance of benchmarking industry best practices. This included food safety (as a key priority); safety assessment needs (commodities sourced in Africa) - these should be based on international standards; the need to enhance harmonization of standards & technical regulations regionally (EAC/COMESA/SADC) and internationally (Codex); aligning & meeting regional standards to enhance volume of intra-EAC/COMESA/SADC trade.
The recommendations from the forum will be submitted for consideration at the 17th Heads of States and Governments Summit under the theme, Consolidating intra – COMESA trade through micro, small and medium enterprises development, from 26-27 February, 2014.
Nestlé Congo hosted an important a Private Sector seminar on Good governance and Anti-Corruption initiative
On Tuesday 28th, Nestlé Congo hosted an important Private Sector seminar under the theme of Good Governance and Fight against Corruption in the private sector. The initiative against corruption led by the private sector started a few years ago. More than 20 companies are currently involved in this process. A draft code of conduct is currently being circulated in order to get signatures from interested companies. In recognition of our alignment on good conduct in doing business in Congo the DRC Anti-Corruption initiative requested us to share our experience so that together we can build a benchmark for best practices which can allow the private sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo to conduct business in an ethical and responsible manner.
During his presentation, the country manager, Hervé Barrere showed how compliance is laid out in policies covering our people and values and dealing with our external stakeholders such as suppliers and government organizations. We maintain regular and consistent internal communication, we train our employees and conduct regular reviews through our audit function. Keeping company credibility is an active process implying:
- Consistent and continuous communication from Management to sensitise our people and external stakeholders (suppliers, lawyers, etc.)
- Regular training for our staff.
- Immediate and consistent follow-up and sanctioning on reported non-complaint conduct.
- Internal Compliance Integrity Reporting System (whistleblower line)
- Regular audits
Three other presentations were done by Ernst & Young, Fondation Entreprendre and Racines which highlighted the need from the private sector to synergize their effort in order to tackle the issues and to lay grounds for public-private discussions to find sustainable solutions.
In the presence of the participants and the delegate of the British Ambassy, Mr.Jean-Carol Pelletier, the Ambassador of Canada in DRC congratulated Nestlé Country Manager for hosting such an important event and for sharing best practices which are aligned with the efforts to create sustainable development of the DRC.
MAGGI celebrates Congolese women
March 2013 started on a high note for Congolese women. MAGGI had plenty of activities for our women consumers and business partners, affectionately called “Mammies”.
MAGGI has built a strong trust with ‘Mammies’ by continuously keeping its promise through its loyalty program. From March 1 - 9 the MAGGI team conducted diverse and multi-location activities; celebrating women around one focus, MAGGI.
Two women wholesalers were awarded a 5-day trip to Johannesburg, South Africa while three of them enjoyed their shopping hamper for their excellent contribution towards MAGGI’s high sales performance in 2012.
MAGGI delighted its partners with a Women’s Day celebration party from March 7 – 9, 2013. The brand activation was conducted in different counties; Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Kisangani, Goma, Bukavu, Butembo and Pointe Noire. A total of 7 locations and 10 markets were covered, with 420 Mammies in attendance during the 2-day activation program.
In both activities, outside home and at home, one could notice how much women were delighted and pleased to participate in the MAGGI-powered activities. In the Congolese community, women play a key role in creating good home ambiance and in helping develop the nation. This is illustrated in the saying “Moi et MAGGI, le Secrêt du Bonheur” (Maggi and I, the secret to happiness)
Let’s stay tuned, there is more to come! Long life to MAGGI, long life to Congolese Women!