Nestlé reaffirms its commitment to the socio-economic development of Côte d’Ivoire

Jan 31, 2012

Nestlé has reaffirmed its commitment to the socio-economic development of Côte d’Ivoire, sustaining initiatives underway to rejuvenate the cocoa and coffee industries, the mainstay of the Ivorian economy.

Management of Nestlé Cote d’Ivoire, led by the Country Manager, Patricio Astolfi, re-echoed the pledge during a luncheon with the Ivorian Press Corps in Abidjan on Thursday, January 31, 2012.

While Nestlé is the world’s leader in Nutrition, Health and Wellness, Côte d’Ivoire, on the other hand, is the world’s largest cocoa producer.

Obviously, the Ivorian media were elated that Nestlé is partnering with the government and civil society groups in that country to revive aging cocoa plantations, under the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, to give livelihood to thousands of farmers and their dependents in line with the company’s Creating Shared Value approach to doing business.

In the articles attached, the Ivorian media returned a constructive conclusion on the role Nestlé is playing as a business ally in the development of that country. In particular, they appreciated the following: - Nestlé distributed one million cocoa seedlings, built 12 schools (out of 40 in ordered), formed about 21,000 growers, with nurseries established in about 30 cooperatives in that country; -

Nestlé will continue its commitment to the fight against child labor in its cocoa chain by working with Inter-Ministerial Committee for the fight against child labor; - Through the Water and Sanitation (WATSAN), over 75,000 people now have access to safe drinking water and sanitary facilities in 65 communities. - Nestlé Côte d’Ivoire currently employs 901 people, including 835 permanent and 66 temporary (fixed term and trainees). For more interesting stories on the media luncheon and how Nestlé instigates socio-economic development in the Central and West Africa Region. Click to read articles