Available in more than 50 languages, these principles reflect the basic ideas of fairness, honesty and a concern for individuals and families, as well as the communities and the planet that the company holds to heart.
Creating Shared Value
Ever 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, we not only have to comply with all applicable legal requirements while ensuring our activities are sustainable, but we must also create value for society.
Our internal rules not only require strict compliance with the law, they also guide our actions. This is so even when the law is more lenient or where there is no applicable law at all, because for us, upholding compliance goes beyond keeping checklists. It requires steadfast principles that apply across the whole company and provide clear guidance for all employees, without any exclusions.
While our Corporate Business Principles are firmly established, we continue to adapt them for a changing world. For instance, we incorporated all the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact soon after their creation. We continue to uphold and implement these on a daily basis up to this day.
We are committed to the following our Corporate Business Principles in all countries, taking into account local legislation, cultural and religious practices.
You can read all of the Company's Corporate Principles by downloading a pdf brochure available here: Nestlé Corporate Business Principles (English - pdf, 4Mb).
Code of business conduct
Since the very first day since the Company was founded, Nestlé's business practices have been governed by integrity, honesty, fair dealing and full compliance with all applicable laws.
As a multinational company, colleagues on a worldwide scale have upheld and lived this commitment in their every day responsibilities since their first day within the Company. Due to this and the Company's approach, Nestlé's reputation remains one of the Company’s most important assets today.
The Nestlé Corporate Business Principles prescribe certain values and principles which Nestlé has committed to worldwide. This Code of Business Conduct specifies and helps the continued implementation of the Corporate Business Principles by establishing certain nonnegotiable minimum standards of behaviour in key areas.
The nature of the Code is not meant to cover all possible situations that may occur. It is designed to provide a frame of reference against which to measure any activities. It is designed to provide a frame of reference against which to measure any activities. Employees should seek guidance when they are in doubt about the proper course of action in any given situation, as it is the ultimate responsibility of each employee to "do the right thing", a responsibility that cannot be delegated.
Employees should always be guided by the basic principles available in the pdf brochures which you can easily download.
When it comes to Nestlé's commitment against bribery and corruption, the below attached doument provides additional and complementary guidance on the two sections of the Code of Business Conduct which form the cornerstone of Nestlé's commitment against bribery and corruption: "Bribery and corruption" (Section 10) and "Gifts, meals, entertainment" (Section 11). It applies in every market, even if local law is more lenient. More stringent local laws or procedures always take precedence and local market and/or business rules may be introduced in order to detail specific local limits and procedures.