Nestlé is the world’s largest food producer, by revenue. It was formed in the 1950s, when two companies merged. At the start in the 1860s, the company produced soluble milk that could be given to infants and babies. From about the 1930s, Nestlé also produced soluble coffee. In 2010, Nestle’s revenue was about 109 billion Swiss Francs, and its net profit was about 32 billion Swiss Francs.
what is Diversity and Inclusion at Nestlé?
Diversity and inclusion is an integral part of Nestle’s culture and is one of their ways we bring our purpose and values to life. Nestle 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 believe that a more diverse workforce with more women at the top will reinforce our inclusive culture and make Nestlé an even better company. We are setting measurable goals to hold ourselves accountable. We know that improving gender balance will lead to better decisions, stronger innovation and higher employee satisfaction.
Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO
Empowering different generations at the workplace
At Nestlé, Diversity & Inclusion measures include ensuring integration and equality for people across all generations. In 2017, Nestlé France organised a Millennials Day, which involved reverse mentoring workshops and intergenerational exchanges and debates. The day also featured a Millennials Challenge, requiring teams of millennials to develop and present proposals on how to build the ‘Nestlé of tomorrow’. The teams selected as finalists were invited to present their proposals to senior management.
Nestle’s local efforts have for example been rewarded in the US: Nestlé USA and Nestlé Purina have both scored 100 on the 2019 Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This is recognition of the tangible efforts the company has made to improve the way LGBTQ employees are represented at work.
Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one’s tendency to organize social worlds by categorizing.