Nestlé publishes report on outcomes & challenges of human rights impact assessments in 7 countries

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7 January 2014

Nestlé & Danish Institute for Human Rights joint response

Author: Nestlé & Danish Institute for Human Rights

[We invited Nestlé to respond to an NGO statement criticising its human rights impact assessment undertaken with Danish Institute for Human Rights. Joint response by Nestlé and Danish Institute for Human Rights provided]. We read with interest the joint statement from Blue Planet Project, FIVAS, Food & Water Watch and Public Services International. We found that many of the observations in this statement are in stark contrast to the responses we have received from other stakeholders who have recognized Talking the Human Rights Walk as a step forward in the field of business and human rights...[W]e view [the report] as a tool that will help us to engage in more in-depth discussions with a broad range of individuals and organizations that are willing to contribute to the ongoing debate around HRIAs...We acknowledge that the methodology for the facilitated HRIAs is not yet perfect; it is work in progress, and Nestlé and DIHR are jointly improving their practice in this emerging field. We welcome all feedback on Talking the Human Rights Walk and encourage other stakeholders to send us their thoughts on this document...Regarding the specific issues raised in the joint statement, please see [the full response at the link above.]

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19 December 2013

Organizations denounce Nestlé’s new human rights impact assessment as a public relations stunt

Author: Blue Planet Project, FIVAS, Food & Water Watch, and Public Services International

Nestlé’s new human rights assessment, launched at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights last week, is full of holes say labour and civil society organizations...Nestlé’s “Creating Shared Value” program is touted in the report as a strategy to address the needs of impacted communities, yet...there are significant discrepancies between Nestlé’s so-called values and its actual practice...The parameters for the assessment were set by Nestlé and involved a limited set of criteria that overlooked key areas including the human right to water...[In a] village in Pakistan...local leaders and members of the community have accused Nestlé of draining groundwater resources to produce its Pure Life bottled water...[I]n 2009 a number of labour and human rights organizations launched a campaign demanding that Nestlé be expelled from the UN Global Compact for trade-union busting and child labour in Colombia...The organizations also denounce the growing role of Nestlé in shaping public policy through its involvement in multi-stakeholder bodies...“Given the selective focus, limited scope and glaring omissions, the report cannot be seen as anything more than the company’s latest public relations stunt,” says Jorgen Magdahl of the Norwegian NGO FIVAS.

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Author: AFP & Le Figaro (France)

Le groupe suisse Nestlé…a publié un livre blanc sur l'impact de ses activités sur les droits humains dans 7 pays, et la façon dont il gère cette question…Le livre "se concentre sur les actions que Nestlé a entreprises pour améliorer la situation des droits humains, à la fois au niveau des activités dans le pays et au niveau de la direction générale", indique le groupe dans son communiqué.

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9 December 2013

[PDF] Talking the Human Rights Walk: Nestlé's Experience Assessing Human Rights Impacts in its Business Activities

Author: Danish Institute for Human Rights & Nestlé

In 2010 the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) entered into a partnership with Nestlé to support the company in its commitment to respect human rights as stated in the Nestlé Corporate Business Principles. As part of this commitment Nestlé has developed and implemented an 8-pillar Human Rights Due Diligence Program, in which Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIAs) play a pivotal role. This paper describes the steps that Nestlé has undertaken together with DIHR to assess and address its actual and potential impacts in 7 country operations…It then presents the aggregated HRIAs findings and the actions taken by Nestlé at the country and corporate levels to address them. Finally, a number of lessons learnt drawn from the HRIA process and outcomes have been included throughout the paper…

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