Nestlé has grown from a company founded nearly 150 years ago on the success of a life-saving infant cereal to a global leader in Nutrition, Health and Wellness. Our growth has enabled us to help improve the lives of millions of people – through the products and services we provide and through employment, our supplier networks and the contribution we make to economies around the world. 4.1 million families earn a living because of Nestlé, including many rural smallholders in developing countries. In 2014, we supported the livelihoods of 695000 farmers and directly employed 339456 people. Our total group salaries and social welfare expenses were almost CHF 16 billion and we paid corporate taxes of CHF 2859 million. We see this value creation as a basic requirement for successful business, but it doesn’t stop there. Being a global leader brings not only a duty to operate responsibly, but also an opportunity to create long-term positive value for society. We call this Creating Shared Value, and we embed it firmly in our holistic management thinking across all parts of our business. Our ambition is to be the leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness company. As the population grows and healthcare challenges increase, the intrinsic value of our nutrition agenda will continue to expand. That’s why Nutrition, Health and Wellness are at the heart of Creating Shared Value. As critical issues facing society, water and rural development are also top priorities, representing both business opportunities and operational challenges. All this is underpinned by a duty to protect scarce natural resources for the future. Our commitments to environmental and social sustainability ensure we can continue to be part of the long-term solution. Finding better ways to collaborate and secure collective action is key to addressing society’s most critical challenges and maximising the shared value we can create.
Our 2014 performance in these leading environmental and sustainability indices illustrates our progress on the commitments: Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index – In October 2014, we received a Climate Disclosure Leadership Index Award from environmental sustainability ratings agency CDP, having achieved a score of 96 out of 100. CDP Water Programme – The CDP Water programme promotes corporate water stewardship. Nestlé’s response was scored for the first time in 2014. We received a ‘Leadership’ rating, with a maximum score of 20 and we were recognised for our water strategy and public policy commitments. Dow Jones Sustainability Indices – The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices measure the performance of the world’s sustainability leaders. In 2014, we maintained our score of 88, placing us second in our industry. FTSE4Good – Nestlé remains included in FTSE4Good, which measures the performance of companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards. Oxfam Behind the Brands – Once again in 2014, Nestlé topped Oxfam’s Behind the Brands ranking, which assesses the world’s ten largest food and beverage companies across seven themes including women in the supply chain, farmers and land rights.