Human Rights Impacts

Our commitment: Assess and address human rights impacts across our business activities


Our responsibility to respect human rights is at the forefront of our business. We continually review and assess the human rights risks of our business activities, and strive to prevent and address any negative impacts we may have on the rights of those whom we employ, do business with or interact with along our value chain. Through our Human Rights Due Diligence Programme, we identify and manage salient human rights issues – those at risk of the most severe impacts through our activities and business relationships – and report on our progress through the UNGP Reporting Framework.

Our objective in 2016

By 2016: Develop action plans and targets for each human rights risk identified as salient.

Our progress to date

We continued to work on meeting our 2015 objective to train and cover all our employees in FTSE4Good Countries of Concern. Following our adoption of the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) on Business and Human Rights Reporting Framework, we developed action plans and targets for 10 of the 11 salient issues. A further Human Rights Impact Assessment was carried out in Egypt in 2016.

We maintained our focus on combating child labour, and placing more emphasis on identifying and addressing the root causes of child labour. To find out more about our actions on child labour please visit our cocoa page.

This year, we rolled out our action plan for seafood sourced from Thailand, which contains a series of actions to protect workers from abuses identified in the supply chain. We continue to work with the Thai Government and other key stakeholders to address this issue.

In response to the 2015 UK Modern Slavery Act, Nestlé UK launched a detailed report on modern slavery and human trafficking. The report highlighted the mechanisms we have in place, and the actions we are taking, to combat slavery and all forms of human exploitation for labour across our supply chains.

In 2016, we continued to work on our objective for 2015, to ensure that all FTSE4Good Countries of Concern where we operate are covered by human rights policies and our employees there trained to reduce human rights risks in our operations. In total, 12 out of 13 such countries are now covered by impact assessments.

Our objectives towards 2020

By 2017: Strengthen human rights mainstreaming into existing standards, audit protocols and due diligence procedures, in particular for: our own facilities, including green- and brown‑field projects; local communities; our business partners, including local distributors, co-manufacturers, joint‑ventures, etc.; and mergers and acquisitions.

By 2018: Carry out six additional Human Rights Impact Assessments in countries where we have significant business operations.

By 2019: Have a functioning governance structure in place in all markets that looks after human rights risks and opportunities.

By 2020: Train all Nestlé employees on human rights.

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