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Business Principles

Corporate Business Priciples

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

Download the fully revised new version of the Nestlé Corporate Business Principles (pdf, 2Mb)  Also available in more than 50 languages.

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.

The latest version of our Corporate Business Principles, updated in June 2010, has been handed over to our employees around the world and accompanied by basic learning and training tools.

Since 2011, a systematic and comprehensive modular training programme is being rolled out on the various components of the Corporate Business Principles. The depth and focus of the trainings is established in accordance with the materiality for the different functions within the company. For example, in 2011 the first step of the training on the human rights components focused on managers and employees in countries of higher human rights risks as a priority. In 2012, major efforts will be on training programs related to Management and Leadership, Conditions of Work and Employment and Compliance.

Our Corporate Business Principles will continue to evolve and adapt to a changing world, our basic foundation is unchanged from the time of the origins of our Company, and reflects the basic ideas of fairness, honesty, and a general concern for people.

Nestlé is committed to the following Business Principles in all countries, taking into account local legislation, cultural and religious practices:

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