Our Global Commitments

Our contribution to the global agenda

We are framing our Creating Shared Value (CSV) agenda closely with the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Having had the opportunity to participate in developing the SDGs, the private sector has also assumed responsibility towards delivering those goals.

We have integrated the SDGs into our CSV approach, allowing us to identify those goals where we can add most value. We have mapped our material issues against the SDGs to help us do this.

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 SDGs. These ambitions are to:

  • Enable healthier and happier lives: this will include helping 50 million children lead healthier lives;
  • Help develop thriving, resilient communities: this will include helping to improve 30 million livelihoods in communities directly connected to our business activities; and
  • Steward resources for future generations: this will include striving for zero environmental impact in our operations.


These ambitions stem from the recognition that we live in an interconnected world where our futures are inextricably linked.

We will leverage our scale to help meet these ambitions. However, achieving the SDGs will only be possible through more effective and dynamic partnerships at local, national and international levels. We strive to play our part and urge others to join this collective effort. We look forward to working with civil society, governments and others in making this a reality.


Our 2016 performance in leading indices We continue to prioritise key areas where value creation can be maximised for shareholders and society, and report transparently on our progress. Our progress can be tracked by our rankings in leading indices.

1st
We were the first breast-milk substitute manufacturer to be included in the FTSE4Good Index, and have retained our place for five years.

2nd
We were ranked second out of 22 global food and beverage manufacturers in the 2016 Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI)™.

1st
With an overall score of 92 out of 100 (pdf, 565Kb), we received industry-best scores in all three dimensions (economic, environmental and social) of the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). The DJSI is a globally recognised independent benchmark that measures the performance of the largest 2500 companies.

5th
We were ranked fifth in Fortune’s 2016 Change the World list, an annual ranking of 50 companies that are ‘doing well by doing good’.

A-
In October 2016, we received a ‘Leadership’ score of A- in the CDP Water Programme.

100A
In November 2016, we achieved a score of 100A in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index from environmental sustainability ratings agency CDP.

2nd
Nestlé ranked second on Oxfam’s Behind the Brands scorecard in April 2016.

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