At Nestlé, we believe that communities cannot thrive if they fail to offer a future for younger generations. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that two out of every five young people are either unemployed or have a job that keeps them in poverty.
As a global company, Nestlé is determined to help young people develop their skills so that they can find jobs or create their own businesses. We want to help equip the next generation for employment, to become inspiring leaders in our company – successful agripreneurs, entrepreneurs and game changers, regardless of their field or level of expertise.
This will help build thriving, resilient communities and support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Developing youth helps our business too, because young people are the employees who will keep our company dynamic and competitive, the farmers who will grow the crops we need, and the entrepreneurs who will help us reach new markets.
This is why, in 2017 we expanded our Nestlé needs YOUth initiative to encompass our entire value chain – from operations and supply, to agriculture and innovation. By doing so, we are supporting our ambition to help 10 million young people worldwide access economic opportunities by 2030.
Over the last decade we’ve helped prepare hundreds of thousands of young people for work, trained and supported 4 million farmers and helped 2 million women develop business skills. But we’re determined to do more.
Working towards our 2030 ambition, we're focusing on three key areas:
- Employment and employability