Youth Employment

Our commitment: Roll out the Global Youth Initiative across all our operations


The International Labour Organization estimates that 13.1% of the world’s young people are unemployed, an issue that adds to global poverty. As a major employer, we can make a positive difference, directly and through our contractors.

Our objective in 2016

By 2016: Nestlé will offer 10 000 job opportunities and 10 000 traineeships or apprenticeships to young people below 30 years of age in Europe, to help tackle unemployment in this age group (cumulative since 2014).

Our progress to date

From 2014 to 2016, 20 517 job opportunities and 12 385 traineeships or apprenticeships were provided for young people below 30 years of age in Europe. In 2016 alone, we offered 6778 permanent and temporary positions and 4206 traineeships or apprenticeships. Around 200 companies have joined the ‘Alliance for YOUth’ initiative, launched by Nestlé, which has helped more than 62 000 young Europeans find jobs or training opportunities.

From 2015 to 2016 in the Americas, 16 185 job opportunities and 7601 traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities were provided to young people under 30 years of age.

With the launch of the initiative in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Oceania in 2016, Nestlé is now in a position to make a global commitment covering all its three Zones, including the Americas, from 2017 onwards.

Our objectives towards 2020

By 2020: Nestlé Global Youth Initiative commits to deliver:

  • 45 000 to 50 000 apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities;
  • Continue readiness for work events globally, with increasing number of employees involved in such events;
  • Enhanced collaboration with external partners to motivate them to join and to increase impact; and
    20 000 to 25 000 job opportunities for people under 30 years of age every year.