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Nestlé first major multi-national to launch human rights white paper

Nestlé first major multi-national to launch human rights white paperNestlé has become the first major multi-national company to report publicly on its human rights impacts across seven countries, and what it is doing to address them. Ahead of international Human Rights Day tomorrow, the company has published a white paper (pdf, 910Kb) using information from human rights impact assessments performed in collaboration with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) in Angola, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Russia, Sri Lanka, and Uzbekistan. The paper (pdf, 910Kb), launched at the Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva last week, focuses on actions Nestlé has taken to improve its human rights performance at both country operations and corporate level. “This is a breakthrough in the field of human rights and business,” said Allan Lerberg Jorgensen, Director for Human Rights and Business, Danish Institute for Human Rights. “Human rights impact assessments are an emerging science. No one knows quite what they are or should be,” he continued. “By sharing the lessons we have learnt we hope to move practice forward. What we’ve done is by no means perfect and there will be things we may have missed. “Whereas corporate human rights impact assessments are still a rare best practice, publicly sharing the results takes it one step further. Nestlé deserves a lot of credit for being perhaps the first multinational company to take this step,” he added. More…

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