By: Meghan Ennes | Manager, Digital Communications at Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship | March 9th, 2016

The nutrition company reports on ROI to both business and society. (Photo Credit: Nestlé Flickr)

Nestlé's corporate success is closely tied to delivering on both environmental and social issues. As a founding partner of this Initiative that has been driving shared value for nearly a decade, the nutrition company is a trailblazer for shared value in practice. That commitment is arguably most present when the company reports out on these activities each year, as it did this week in the 2015 installment of Nestlé in Society: Creating Shared Value and Meeting Our Commitments.  

As our shared value community can attest, measuring the social and business impacts of shared value is one of the biggest challenges of implementing the approach. Another huge barrier is leadership buy-in to investing in those social impacts, in which Nestlé has made tremendous progress. In the report, both Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe and CEO Paul Bulcke comment on Nestlé's ongoing, long-term commitment to the shared value approach:

"We continue to actively manage our commitments to environmental and social sustainability, necessary for operating our factories and for the sustainable growth and development of the communities and countries where we operate. We have always believed that in order to prosper we need the communities we serve and in which we operate to prosper as well, and that over the long term, healthy populations, healthy economies and healthy business performance are mutually reinforcing. This involves substantial training and education of people inside and outside Nestlé, as well as large investments in technology with lower environmental impact."

Here's a snapshot from the report on how Nestlé is delivering on its Creating Shared Value commitments, each tied to an issue that's core to the company's business model: 

Nutrition, health and wellness

  • 192 billion servings of fortified foods provided worldwide
  • 8,041 products renovated for nutrition or health considerations

Rural development

  • 760,000 farmers supplying directly to Nestlé
  • 10,950 Tier 1 suppliers audited from 2010–2015


  • 41.2% cumulative reduction since 2005 of direct water withdrawals per tonne of product in every product category
  • 7.7 million cubic meters of water in our operations either recycled or reused

Environmental sustainability

  • 42.7% cumulative reduction since 2005 of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • 105 factories achieving zero waste for disposal

Our people, human rights and compliance

  • 6049 work opportunities offered to young people by Nestlé in Europe
  • 34%: Percentage of women holding leadership roles


Read the full-length report to learn more:

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