Corporate Business Principles

The Nestlé Corporate Business Principles are at the basis of our company culture, which has developed over the span of 140 years.

Download the fully revised new version of The Nestlé Corporate Business Principles (2.00MB)

Since Henri Nestlé first developed his successful infant cereal Farine Lactée we have built our business on the conviction that to have long-term success for our shareholders, we not only have to comply with all applicable legal requirements and ensure that all our activities are sustainable, but additionally we have to create significant value for society.

At Nestlé we call this Creating Shared Value.

Our internal rules not only require strict compliance with the law, they also guide our actions even if the law is more lenient or where there is no applicable law at all. Upholding compliance goes beyond keeping checklists. It requires steadfast principles that apply across the whole company and provide clear guidance for all employees.

While our Corporate Business Principles are firmly established, we continue to adapt them for a changing world. For instance, we incorporated all ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact soon after their creation and we continue to implement them today.

We are committed to the following our Corporate Business Principles in all countries, taking into account local legislation, cultural and religious practices.

Our business strictly adheres to our Principles in accordance to the policies and commitments below:

1. Nutrition, Health and Wellness
Our core aim is to enhance the quality of consumers lives every day, everywhere by offering tastier and healthier food and beverage choices and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. We express this via our corporate proposition Good Food, Good Life.
Nestlé Nutritional Profiling System (PDF, 438 kB)

2. Quality Assurance and product safety
Everywhere in the world, the Nestlé name represents a promise to the consumer that the product is safe and of high standard.
Nestlé Quality Policy (PDF, 86 kB)

3. Consumer Communication
We are committed to responsible, reliable consumer communication that empowers consumers to exercise their right to informed choice and promotes healthier diets. We respect consumer privacy.
Nestlé Consumer Communications Principles (PDF, 123 kB)

4. Human rights in our business activities
We fully support the United Nations Global Compact's (UNGC) guiding principles on human rights and labour and aim to provide an example of good human rights’ and labour practices throughout our business activities.
International Labour Organisation

5. Leadership and personal responsibility
Our success is based on our people. We treat each other with respect and dignity and expect everyone to promote a sense of personal responsibility. We recruit competent and motivated people who respect our values, provide equal opportunities for their development and advancement, protect their privacy and do not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination.
Nestlé Management and Leadership Principles (PDF, 533 kB)
Nestlé Code of Business Conduct (PDF, 77 kB)

6. Safety and health at work
We are committed to preventing accidents, injuries and illness related to work, and to protect employees, contractors and others involved along the value chain.
Nestlé Policy on Health and Safety at Work (PDF, 2 MB)

7. Supplier and customer relations
We require our suppliers, agents, subcontractors and their employees to demonstrate honesty, integrity and fairness, and to adhere to our non-negotiable standards. In the same way, we are committed towards our own customers.
Nestlé Supplier Code (PDF, 1.67 MB) 

8. Agriculture and rural development
We contribute to improvements in agricultural production, the social and economic status of farmers, rural communities and in production systems to make them more environmentally sustainable.
Nestlé Policy on Environmental Sustainability (PDF, 2 MB)

9. Environmental sustainability
We commit ourselves to environmentally sustainable business practices. At all stages of the product life cycle we strive to use natural resources efficiently, favour the use of sustain ably-managed renewable resources, and target zero waste.
Nestlé Policy on Environmental Sustainability (PDF, 2 MB)

10. Water
We are committed to the sustainable use of water and continuous improvement in water management. We recognise that the world faces a growing water challenge and that responsible management of the world’s resources by all water users is an absolute necessity.
Nestlé Water Report (PDF, 3 MB)

Nestlé continues to maintain its commitment to follow and respect all applicable local laws in each of its markets.