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12 Dec 2018

Yann Wyss, Senior Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé (Switzerland)

Nestlé launches enhanced version of human rights training to commemorate 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

"Building human rights capabilities where it matters: Addressing the human rights issue head-on", Dec 2018

Our work on this issue started in earnest ten years ago. Back then, we asked the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) to conduct a human rights gap analysis of our corporate policies and procedures.... [W]e have worked relentlessly to embed the respect of human rights into our Corporate Business Principles and in 17 additional policies globally. This has helped us translate the human rights language...into practical...requirements for our employees and business partners. [W]e have established a clear and functioning governance structure first at headquarters level, and subsequently in all markets... Our Integrity Reporting System and 'Tell us', our external global grievance mechanism, were implemented. [W]ith DIHR, we have also conducted Human Rights Impact Assessments...in thirteen countries where we operate... 

We are launching today a[n]...enhanced version of our human rights training, which will help us meet our commitment to train all our employees worldwide by the end of 2020... Our focus on training has been supplemented by a strengthening of our human rights governance structure at market level...Compliance Committees in...every one of our markets are now responsible for managing human rights-related topics locally.