Company Score

Industry Food, Beverage & Tobacco
Country Switzerland
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 3096
Impact Notes 49
SDG Covered 10 out of 17

About Nestle

Nestlé is a multinational food and beverage processing conglomerate headquartered in Switzerland. Nestlé is mainly famous for its brands: Nespresso, Nescafé, Kit Kat, Smarties, Nesquik, Vittel, and Maggi. Nestlé is also one of the main shareholders of L'Oreal, the world's largest cosmetics company. Nestlé has 447 factories, operates in 189 countries, and employs around 339,000 people.

Read about Nestlé and its impact below.

Impact notes

Good Health and Well-being

Nestle Uses Unethical Marketing To Sell Breast Milk Substitute

Profile Isabelle
Icon time Mon Feb 15th, 2021 at 9:52pm

Increasing mortality, malnutrition and diarrhoea in the developing world is believed to be due to aggressive marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes (BMS)1. A UK-based study showed that 20% of parents choose BMS products based on confidence in the ingredients and similarity to breast milk. 20% chose by price, some buying more expensive as they believed higher cost indicates better formula2;p36.

Responsible Consumption and Production

Nestlé recalled over 345,000 kgs of pepperoni Hot Pockets due to extraneous matter contamination

Profile Tanya Zachariah
Icon time Mon Feb 15th, 2021 at 4:15pm

Foreign material contamination was the leading cause of food recalls in 2019, affecting over 5.8 Mn kgs of food in the first half of the year, in contrast with less than 725,748 kgs throughout 20181. This form of contamination has become increasingly common in processed meats2. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued 34 processed meat recalls in 2019, exceeding 7.7 Mn kgs of food2. For consumers, ingestion of foreign materials poses severe health hazards, such as choking, organ injury, intestinal blockages, or even death2

Responsible Consumption and Production

Nestle continues to use child labor in cocoa farms in West Africa

Profile Isabelle
Icon time Fri Jan 29th, 2021 at 2:33pm

Child labour prevents children from receiving an education and proper healthcare. It can also lead to extreme bodily and mental harm, including sexual exploitation. Approximately 156 million children - nearly 1 in 10 - are forced into child labour worldwide1.

Good Health and Well-being

Nestle is using nutrition as a way to reduce the prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases

Profile Pooja.Katariya1
Icon time Mon Dec 7th, 2020 at 12:54pm

According to the World Health Organization, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill 40 million people each year, equivalent to 70% of all deaths globally1. More importantly, 17 million people die each year from NCD before the age of 70; 87% of these "premature" deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries2.

No Poverty

Nestle’s development programs for smallholder farmers benefited 550,000 dairy and coffee farmers

Profile Ankita Chatterjee
Icon time Thu Dec 3rd, 2020 at 3:07pm

Smallholder farmers produce more food crops and account for 70-80% of the world's food production, as compared to larger farms1. However, they suffer from "low-intensity farming, low yields, limited market access, and insufficient profits"2. Smallholder farmers produce 60% of the world’s coffee, but 66% of them live in poverty4On the other hand, dairy farmers are increasingly facing challenges like low prices3 and lack of skilled laborers9.