Nestlé in the U.S.: Healthy Communities

Our 2030 ambition: Help to improve 30 million livelihoods in communities directly connected to our business activities

According to the UN, 1.2 billion people still live in extreme poverty. More than 75 percent of them live in rural areas and depend on agriculture, including family smallholdings, for their livelihoods. Over 200 million young people in the developing world have not completed primary school, almost 6 in 10 of them are young women.

Our ambition to improve livelihoods and develop thriving communities starts with education. We believe children should be in school, and be able to get an education. We also believe in supporting women and girls to be economically and socially active, so they can be successful and independent. So we work with local groups and partners, particularly in rural areas, to support farmers and their families. We provide training for farmers, both men and women, and give their children access to education to help them build a brighter future.

Nestlé began as a family business in a small town over 150 years ago. This local approach still informs everything we do. We are part of the local communities where our factories and offices are based. But being part of a community brings responsibility too. It means respecting the rights of those who work for us and with us wherever we operate. Respecting and promoting human rights is fundamental to our values, and we insist that our partners and suppliers uphold the same high standards that we do. This requires commitment and effort over the long-term. We know that sometimes we will be criticized by those who want us to tackle the problem differently. But we will always be open and transparent, so people can see the journey we are on.

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Philanthropy & Cause Initiatives

Meet Three of Our Neighbors Fighting Hunger Every Day

Supply Chain & the Circular Economy

How an Actress Helped Bring High-Quality Goat Cheese Mac to Your Kitchen
A deep affection for the goats that provide their product is built into Stickney Hill’s business model. Their ‘Happy Goat Program’ insists upon the highest standards of care from the local farmers who supply the dairy, ensuring that their cheeses aren’t only high-quality, but also kind. Their commitment to sustainability and animal-friendly practices make Frankie and Dave ideal partners for us at Nestlé.

Philanthropy & Cause Initiatives

Nestlé Employees Donate Backpacks Full of School Supplies to Local Elementary School
Nestlé US employees recently spent some time putting together backpacks full of school supplies for a local elementary school.

Social Impact & Volunteering

Nestle Waters North America Supports California’s Day of Emergency Preparedness
On Saturday, September 8th, Nestle Waters North America sponsored California’s Day of Preparedness in Sacramento, California. The annual event, hosted each year by California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), is open to the public and regularly sees over 5,000 attendees.

Philanthropy & Cause Initiatives

Nestlé Waters North America Provides Free Warehouse Space for American Red Cross to Help With Continued Response to Wildfires and Aftermath in Northern California
For the third time in four years, Nestlé Waters North America has turned over the keys to its former bottling facility in Calistoga, California to the American Red Cross to use as a staging area to help Northern California communities facing wildfires. “The American Red Cross has a critical need for temporary warehouse space to provide support for victims of the Northern California wildfires,” said Joe Lund, Director of Operations for American Red Cross in Northern California.

Philanthropy & Cause Initiatives

Nestlé Employees Across the U.S. Team Up with Feeding America® to Fight Hunger
Nestlé today marks its third annual Nestlé Cares day of service, an effort that unites its eight operating companies in 47 states to make a difference through more than 150 events nationwide. This year, Nestlé will expand its work with Feeding America®, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the U.S., to support local food banks and non-profit organizations that provide nutritious foods to families in need. Today’s day of service is part of an exciting week at Nestlé. On July 31, the company hosted a neighborhood celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony in Rosslyn, Virginia to mark the grand opening of its new U.S. headquarters.

Social Impact & Volunteering

PHOTO: City of Stamford Proclamation for "Nestle Cares" National Day of Service
August 2, 2018 marked Nestlé's third annual Nestlé Cares day of service, an effort that unites its eight operating companies in 47 states to make a difference through more than 150 events nationwide. This year, Nestlé expanded its work with Feeding America®, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the U.S., to support local food banks and non-profit organizations that provide nutritious foods to families in need.

Social Impact & Volunteering

Nestlé’s Day of Service Shows How Passion Feeds Purpose
As a leader at the world’s largest food and beverage company, I know that no single person, company, or organization can solve hunger, but our collective efforts can change lives.

I’m proud to say that Nestlé and our employees across the country take enormous pride in the role we play in working toward a solution. For 2018, Nestlé’s annual Day of Service in the U.S. will focus on combating hunger in our communities. Our employees will work at more than 75 events across the country, doing everything from preparing meals for families here in Northern Virginia, to serving at a Cleveland food bank, to leading a food drive in Oakland, California. These are only a few of the volunteer efforts organized across our factories, distribution centers, headquarters, and many locations in between.

Diversity & Inclusion

Women Help Women Reach for More In Life
‘Having it all’ is a concept that women have been discussing and aspiring to attain for nearly 40 years. Still, the conversation continues because no one has determined what having “it all” actually means. After decades of debate, women today are reshaping the definition. And female relationships are proving to be a powerful force.

Philanthropy & Cause Initiatives

La Cocina VA Is Driving a Remarkable New Model to Support Communities
It’s hard to imagine a more ideal community partner for Nestlé than La Cocina VA, an Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit that provides culinary arts training to people who are unemployed. By providing skills training and job placement services, La Cocina VA is creating living wage opportunities for the unemployed in our community. And the meals students make as part of the training are donated to families in need — more than 21,000 people already have benefited.

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