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Diversity & Inclusion

At Nestlé, we drive diversity & inclusion through our impact on:


by building an inclusive culture, leveraging on the differences of our employees when working together


by acting and engaging in an inclusive way with society and stakeholders in our diverse business environments across the entire value chain


by thinking about the needs of diverse consumers and customers in our products & services and being inclusive in their accessibility – whenever, wherever, however

Gender Balance has been a priority for us since 2008, and it helped us to increase the number of women at all levels in the organisation. We want to be a gender balanced company by creating the enabling conditions in our work environment to achieve annual increases in the percentage of women managers and senior leaders. Our global and local initiatives on gender diversity include:

  • Development opportunities: mentoring and coaching programs
  • A flexible and supportive work environment
  • Role model events, round tables and network discussions
  • Leadership development training and unconscious bias workshops
  • Maternity Protection Policy (pdf, 1Mb)


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So what is Diversity and Inclusion at Nestlé?

Diversity and inclusion is an integral part of our company’s culture and is one of the ways we bring our purpose and values to life.

Our values are rooted in respect: respect for ourselves, for each other, respect for diversity and respect for the future. We aim to embed diversity and inclusion across everything we do, focused on three core areas: culture, innovation and society. This involves building an inclusive culture that values the different talents and experiences of our employees, innovating to serve the needs of our diverse consumers and customers and engaging with society in the diverse markets where we operate.

We recruit competent and motivated people who respect our values, provide equal opportunities for their development and advancement and protect their privacy. We do not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination. Our commitment to provide equal opportunities starts from the point of recruitment until the end of the working relationship.

Gender balance isn’t just for us as an organisation. We know that gender equality, women’s rights, education for women and girls worldwide, and women’s empowerment are critical to creating shared value for our business and for society.

Respect for diversity means respect for other ways of thinking, other cultures, and all facets of society, and requires openness and inclusiveness in all our interactions both inside and outside our company.

Diversity and Inclusion are an integral part of the Nestlé culture. We aim to provide a workplace culture that generates equal opportunities for everyone, where people are treated with dignity and respect. We are expanding our efforts to strengthen this inclusive culture. It is helping us leverage the unique skills, knowledge and experiences of our diverse workforce.
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Creating an inclusive workplace for people with disabilities

As the world’s largest food and beverages company, including people with disabilities is a priority. We employ 2,696 people with disabilities*. We aim to promote a culture that builds on strengths and focuses on abilities.

A global self-assessment procedure was developed for all our markets to assess the level of inclusion and types of activities for people with disabilities in the workplace. The objective is to track best practices and actions in the following areas:

Training and awareness
Return to work practice
Accessibility of sites and workplace arrangements
* Due to privacy regulations, this number only reflects those countries that were able to report it.