Public policy and advocacy

Collaboration. Open discussion. Deep dialogue. And the building and sharing of knowledge.

These are the ways to develop the sort of public policy which is transformational, addressing immense global challenges such as obesity and malnutrition, plastic waste or climate change.

It is a debate that needs everyone to contribute: governments, the private sector, NGOs, local authorities and all parts of civil society. Businesses share the same ambitions as many other stakeholders – aiming to create a healthier, prosperous and more stable society.

The need for public-private partnerships is even included in UN Sustainable Development Goal 17, which stresses that all of the other SDGs rest on a strong commitment to global partnership and cooperation.

Making a positive contribution

The private sector has a vital role to play in helping build healthier lives. Nestlé believes this, too, and will work alongside all interested parties to ensure positive outcomes for society. Our advocacy priorities are guided by our purpose to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future.

Advocacy – through education, engagement and thought leadership – fosters open discussion, which can in turn help inform public policy.

It means that Nestlé will join other companies and stakeholders to engage with public authorities at global, regional and local levels, working with the relevant industry bodies to inspire collective action.

Sustainable growth

Advocacy on key societal issues is also important for business. Advocacy and engagement help create market conditions where companies compete on an equal basis because they adhere to the same rules of play.

Companies can also support change by developing innovative products and services, creating value for shareholders at the same time as benefitting broader society.

All this supports sustainable growth, laying the foundations for the long-term interests of both companies and their investors.

An open book

Transparency is critical, ensuring that any engagement is carried out professionally and to high standards.

Transparency underpins Nestlé’s advocacy work, and our policy on interactions with public authorities (pdf, 2Mb) is available publically. Documents and reports are also publicly available, and our positions on key issues are published.

Global indices – such as the Access to Nutrition Index, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, FTSE4Good and CDP – are an additional way to monitor progress, as well as providing an incentive for firms to do even better. Nestlé, along with many other companies, invests time and effort to provide these indices with data to help inform the scorecards.

These independent third-party assessments increase transparency and accountability, helping to build trust with both stakeholders and customers.

Our advocacy priorities