Company Score

Industry Food, Beverage & Tobacco
Country Switzerland
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 2372
Impact Notes 47
SDG Covered 10 out of 17

About Nestle

Nestlé is a multinational food and beverage processing conglomerate headquartered in Switzerland. Nestlé is mainly famous for its brands: Nespresso, Nescafé, Kit Kat, Smarties, Nesquik, Vittel, and Maggi. Nestlé is also one of the main shareholders of L'Oreal, the world's largest cosmetics company. Nestlé has 447 factories, operates in 189 countries, and employs around 339,000 people.

Read about Nestlé and its impact below.

Impact notes

Good Health and Well-being

Nestle is using nutrition as a way to reduce the prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases

Profile Pooja.Katariya1
Icon time Mon Dec 7th, 2020 at 12:54pm

According to the World Health Organization, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill 40 million people each year, equivalent to 70% of all deaths globally1. More importantly, 17 million people die each year from NCD before the age of 70; 87% of these "premature" deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries2.

No Poverty

Nestle’s development programs for smallholder farmers benefited 550,000 dairy and coffee farmers

Profile Ankita Chatterjee
Icon time Thu Dec 3rd, 2020 at 3:07pm

Smallholder farmers produce more food crops and account for 70-80% of the world's food production, as compared to larger farms1. However, they suffer from "low-intensity farming, low yields, limited market access, and insufficient profits"2. Smallholder farmers produce 60% of the world’s coffee, but 66% of them live in poverty4On the other hand, dairy farmers are increasingly facing challenges like low prices3 and lack of skilled laborers9.

Good Health and Well-being

Nestle's bottled water contains up to 10,000 plastic particles per liter

Profile Homa Praveen
Icon time Mon Nov 30th, 2020 at 7:47am

In the US, approximately 50 billion water bottles are sold yearly from am industry expected to reach USD $334 billion by 20233. Studies found that bottled water contains a large number of microplastics, usually less than 5 millimeters in size3.

Good Health and Well-being

Nestle fails to reach 10% reduction target in sodium and saturated fat content and 5% in sugar level

Profile Veronica Khanna
Icon time Fri Nov 27th, 2020 at 9:20am

Processed food, with high sugar and salt content has become very popular in people’s lives today1. According to the World Health Organization guidelines, the salt intake needs to be kept to less than 5g per day, as this helps to reduce the risk of diseases like diabetes and heart problems2. Limiting the salt intake to 5g per day can avoid 1.7 million deaths every year2. Adults taking 17-21% of their calories from added sugar are at a 38% higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases1. Processed food may have more sugar, salt, and fat than the recommended amount3.

Clean Water and Sanitation

Nestlé's water footprint is 0.00135% of the world's water consumption

Profile Meenakshi Narayanan
Icon time Mon Nov 23rd, 2020 at 9:45am

The world consumes 4 trillion cubic meters of water annually1. Globally, 2.8 billion people suffer from water scarcity, about 31% of the world's population8. About 33% of the world's biggest groundwater sources are stressed out due to the growing demand for water8.