Nestlé has launched a global Maternity Protection Policy for its employees worldwide that is estimated to be one of the most progressive programmes of its kind in the industry.
The policy, which is based on the ILO Maternity Protection Convention, establishes minimum standards that must be implemented at Nestlé workplaces across the world by 2018.
The policy gives employees a minimum of 14 weeks paid maternity leave and the right to extend their maternity leave up to six months. This will be applicable to all primary caregivers of newborns, including male employees and adoptive parents.
It also includes employment protection, flexible working arrangements and guaranteed access to breastfeeding rooms during working hours in head offices and sites with more than 50 employees. Nestlé currently has more than 190 breastfeeding rooms across its global working facilities.
Peter Vogt, Deputy Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Nestlé S.A. said: “This policy will help us better support mothers and their families in our sites across the world and reinforces our support for exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of a child’s life.”
In the Philippines, Nestlé has a maternity package which is recognized as one of the best in the industry. Available to female employees since the 1990’s are 2 weeks of paid leave before delivery and 3 months maternity leave with pay after delivery. In January 2014, Nestlé Philippines improved this benefit even more to make available to female employees the option to avail of an additional up to 3 months leave without pay to allow them the flexibility to spend more time with their new-born children. Because parenting is a joint responsibility, the Company has likewise improved its paternity leave benefit, from 7 days to 10 days so husbands can provide full support to their wives immediately after delivery.
Watch Paul Bulcke’s interview with Fortune Magazine, where he discusses Nestlé’s new Maternity Protection Policy (pdf, 1Mb), and learn more about the company’s commitment to enhance gender balance in its workforce.
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We are all hoping to restart social and economic life safely, including visiting family and friends and getting back to work. A vaccine against COVID-19 is crucial to end the pandemic and to save lives and livelihoods. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) is playing an important role in funding and speeding up the development of COVID-19 vaccine candidates on a global basis.
That is why Nestlé has today announced we will support CEPI’s efforts with a donation of CHF 1 million (US $1.03 million). CEPI is working quickly and collaboratively with the ambition to develop a safe, effective and globally accessible COVID-19 vaccine within a 12-18-month timeframe. They have already raised over US $1 billion from governments, private donors and individuals around the world but need further funding to reach their goal of US $2 billon to allow their COVID-19 programmes to continue at pace.
In its latest initiative toward fulfilling a global commitment to make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, Nestlé Philippines is switching from plastic to paper straws for its ready-to-drink (RTD) products, the first packaged beverage manufacturer in the country to do so.
With completion expected by yearend, the shift to paper straws will eliminate 160 metric tons of plastic straws that Nestlé Philippines has been using for its RTD products.
“Our broader vision at Nestlé, as the world’s largest food and beverage company, is to achieve a waste-free future in which none of our packaging, particularly plastic, ends up in landfills, the oceans, or as litter. The transition from plastic to paper straws for our RTD products is one concrete milestone toward realizing that vision,” said Nestlé Philippines Chairman and CEO Kais Marzouki.
With the country’s work force confronting unprecedented fears and uncertainties as the COVID-19 pandemic rages, Nestlé Philippines is putting its over 5,000 employees first among its priorities, especially those on the frontlines assuring continued manufacturing of basic food products and their availability to consumers, by providing them with a package of benefits, working arrangements, and safeguards.
Likewise, the company is extending special assistance and arrangements for employees of its business partners.
“As a food manufacturing company, we at Nestlé Philippines are committed to the safety and welfare of our people and extending a hand to our business partners, while ensuring that our products continue to be available to people who need them during these trying times. We are grateful particularly to our frontliners who help make our products accessible to consumers. We recognize that they are facing great challenges and making tremendous sacrifices, and so for our part we can only find ways to support and care for them,” said Nestlé Philippines Chairman and CEO Kais Marzouki.
Pursuing its goal to achieve plastic neutrality at the earliest possible time, Nestlé Philippines, Inc. recently signed a new agreement with Republic Cement for the collection and co-processing of soft plastic wastes in the latter’s cement kilns, significantly expanding an initial agreement in 2019.
Plastic neutrality involves recovering post-consumer plastics equal to the quantity of plastic packaging used for products sold by companies. Therefore, Nestlé Philippines will collect plastic wastes equivalent to the volume it uses in its product packaging to achieve plastic neutrality.
The 2020 agreement, signed by Nestlé Philippines Chairman and CEO Kais Marzouki and Republic Cement Director Nabil Francis, aims to increase the amount of post-consumer plastic wastes to be collected and co-processed during the year.
As part of a long-term, priority program to address soft plastics in the country’s waste streams, Nestlé Philippines is engaged in collection and recycling efforts in partnership with other key stakeholders to recover plastics waste in significant amounts.
In a unique Valentine’s Day celebration themed “Love Like no Other,” Nestlé Philippines is launching today its local implementation of the Nestlé Global Parental Support Policy first announced by Nestlé S.A. CEO Mark Schneider last December, in line with the commitment to enhance the quality of the lives of its employees by providing a more supportive and nurturing environment for new parents.
“Every family is unique, and therefore we support gender equality and diversity. The policy takes an inclusive approach, its standards based on caregiver status regardless of gender, and designed to address different family structures,” said Nestlé Philippines Chairman and CEO Kais Marzouki, citing the rationale for the policy.
He added that the company, dedicated to being a family-friendly employer, is confident that the policy will enhance its existing commitment to be an equal-opportunity employer promoting diversity in the workplace.
Article by Edison Joseph Gonzales
Published in Malaya Business Insight on 3 September 2019
THE world’s largest food and beverage company, which has a strong presence in the Philippines, envisions that none of end users’ waste is dumped in landfills or ends up as litter.
“Tackling the problem of plastic waste in the environment and arriving at sustainable solutions are of paramount importance to Nestlé,” said Nestlé Philippines Chairman and CEO Kais Marzouki. “We will achieve our vision through three focus areas: developing the packaging of the future; helping shape a waste-free future; and driving new behaviors and understanding,” he added.
In a recent Sustainable Agriculture Forum sponsored by the European Chamber of Commerce themed “Towards a Sustainable and Responsible Agricultural Supply Chain,” Nestlé Philippines Chairman and CEO Kais Marzouki underscored the value of public-private sector partnerships (PPPs) in supporting agriculture because these harmonize public and private resources.
A partnership between Nestlé Philippines and Green Antz Builders, Inc., an innovative social enterprise based in Pulilan, Bulacan which produces alternative construction materials incorporating waste plastic laminates, is addressing an environmental issue while involving communities including schoolchildren in waste collection, and providing livelihood opportunities.
Green Antz, which was established with Nestlé’s support, collaborates with corporations, LGUs and NGOs to establish Green Antz Hubs for the production of eco-bricks using waste plastic laminates which are cheaper to use and offer better insulation. Eco-bricks are much more durable than regular hollow blocks. The production of eco-bricks utilizes compression unlike hollow blocks which are made through moulding. Making eco-bricks involves a proprietary process which hollow blocks do not undergo, and the formulation incorporates a special construction additive which makes eco-bricks stronger, enabling plastic and cement to adhere together.
Nestlé today announced its accelerated plan towards reaching the company’s 2020 No Deforestation commitment (pdf, 200Kb) by becoming the first global food company to implement Starling, a satellite-based service, to monitor 100% of its global palm oil supply chains. Starling was developed by Airbus and The Forest Trust (TFT) as a global verification system evidencing that no deforestation is taking place throughout the supply chain.
Deforestation is a serious and complex issue and addressing it requires the entire industry working together towards greater transparency, inclusiveness, direct supply chain engagement and capacity building throughout the supply chain.
Nestlé Philippines recently celebrated United Nations International Youth Day 2018 at its various worksites, with its Makati Administrative Office hosting a “NesTalk” forum for young employees and trainees. The celebration was part of a continuing international initiative dubbed #NestleNeedsYOUth which seeks to help young people across the world develop skills and become more employable.
Youth in the Philippines are defined as those aged 15 to 29.
The Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS) and the city government of Parañaque will address the environmental challenge of plastic waste by building and operating a sachet recycling plant in the city.
Recently, PARMS officers led by President Crispian Lao, concurrent commissioner and vice chairman of the National Solid Waste Management Commission, called on Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez in a design turnover event during which they presented the proposed design of the recycling facility. The design turnover event was held to celebrate Earth Day 2018.
PARMS had previously announced its intention to establish such a facility, and has secured a commitment from the city enabling it to proceed with its plan which will advance sustainable solid waste management.
The PARMS-Parañaque plastic recycling plant is expected to be operational within 2018, and is part of a movement to recover and transform waste into assets that communities can use.
“Nestlé for Healthier Kids” to help 50 million children lead healthier lives by 2030
On the United Nations International Day of Families, Nestlé announced its global “Nestlé for Healthier Kids” initiative. The program includes the further development of healthier products and advice for families on nutrition and exercise. It aims at helping 50 million children lead healthier lives by 2030.
Nestlé Philippines was one of five Philippine companies recognized by LinkedIn Asia Pacific for great work in engaging talent. The recognition was given during the Appreciation Night tendered by LinkedIn for selected and valued clients on November 20 at Fairmont Hotel in Makati. Nestlé was cited for Quality Employer Value Proposition (EVP) Representation.
Nestlé has announced today a new ambition for its global youth initiative: Nestlé needs YOUth. By 2030, Nestlé will help 10 million young people around the world have access to economic opportunities.
The global initiative brings together all of the efforts to support young people around the world that Nestlé undertakes on its own and with others, including the Alliance for YOUth.
Nestlé S.A. announces the launch of the 2018 Creating Shared Value (CSV) Prize, a global competition recognizing the accomplishments of individuals and businesses that are scaling up or generating new business models in the areas of nutrition, water or rural development.
CSV is defined as harnessing the power of private enterprise to tackle social challenges with business solutions, a philosophy that drives decision-making at Nestlé and is reflected in the company's purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.
In line with this philosophy, Nestlé S.A. devotes time and effort to find and support entrepreneurs who exemplify CSV through their business ideas and actions. Harnessing these innovations will put new solutions on the table while helping to spread wealth and prosperity. To recognize and promote the work of pioneers in this field, the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize was first launched in 2010.