Communities

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Communities

What is the issue?

Nestlé UK and Ireland has 20 sites across the UK and Ireland. As a company with a large presence and influence in the communities where we operate, we want to make sure our impact is a positive one.

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Why is it important?

Supporting our communities is a vital part of our commitment to creating shared value. We work closely with some of the best community partners in the UK to make a positive difference in the life of the communities where we operate, with a particular focus on encouraging healthier lifestyles and improving access to education.

 

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  • By 2015 - Raise £750,000 for our Charity of Choice, Action for Children
  • We raised £700,000, falling shy of our target by £50,000.
Society

Creating opportunities for sustainable growth and development in the communities where we operate.

Business

Long-term, beneficial partnerships with our communities.

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What are we doing about it?

As part of our commitment to communities, we regularly join forces with charities and other community partners to support good causes.

Our sites around the country have strong relationships with their local communities. Examples include our direct engagement with local schools to promote the uptake of science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, raising awareness of good nutritional practices in schools via the PhunkyFoods programme, and support for local flood relief efforts as in York, Dalston and Tutbury. We are also involved in local charities, such as Nestlé Purina’s involvement in the Wisbech Reads initiative to promote literacy.

Recently we’ve been raising money to support vulnerable children in the UK through our partnership with Action for Children.

On behalf of everyone at Action for Children I would like to thank Nestlé for their wonderfully generous support throughout our three-year partnership. Nestlé has raised an incredible £700,000, helping us to continue to deliver our vital support to the most vulnerable children and young people across the UK.
Sir Tony Hawkhead, CEO of Action for Children

Action for Children charity partnership

Action for Children helps 50,000 of the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected children and young people overcome difficulties to reach their full potential. In 2012, our employees selected Action for Children as our Charity of Choice, and we launched a three-year partnership to raise money for the charity.

Since the launch, Nestlé employees across the UK have taken part in a huge range of activities to raise money for Action for Children, including marathons, cycle challenges and cake sales. Other activities included special social events at our factories, such as Girvan’s children’s fancy dress party, Fawdon’s Night at the Movies and Tutbury’s Family Fun Day.

Thanks to the amazing enthusiasm and hard work of our employees, we raised an impressive £700,000 for Action for Children. This fell £50,000 shy of our original target of £750,000.

Some fundraising highlights

Through our partnership with Phunky Foods we are working with primary schools around seven of our sites to raise awareness of good nutritional practices, healthy eating lifestyle knowledge and greater physical activity among
• Employees from all UK sites raised £43,000 through a London to Paris Bike Ride.
• Marathon runners from all UK sites raised more than £78,000.
• Interns at Gatwick and York did a static bike ride for the distance between the sites and raised more than £2,000.
• Rickmansworth HR team climbed the Yorkshire three peaks and raised over £2,500.

Promoting health at primary schools

Through our partnership with Phunky Foods we are working with primary schools around seven of our sites to raise awareness of good nutritional practices, healthy eating lifestyle knowledge and greater physical activity among primary school children. This is part of our global Nestlé Healthy Kids Programme which is active in 80 countries around the world. Read more

Improving literacy

In 2015, to support efforts to improve local literacy rates, Nestlé Purina partnered with Leverington and Murrow Primary Academies to promote a love of reading among primary school children local to our Wisbech factory. The initiative reached over 1,400 pupils from 15 primary schools.

Supporting the victims of flooding

After record-breaking amounts of rain fell in York and Cumbria last year and earlier this year, a team of volunteers from our York and Dalston factories went out into the community to help people affected by the floods. They took large deliveries of Nestlé products, including bottled water, to a range of community centres, food banks and emergency services areas to help people in desperate need of food and drink.

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What’s next?

In March 2016, we announced the new charity partner for Nestlé UK, following the conclusion of the Action for Children partnership. For the next 12 months, employees and teams across Nestlé’s UK sites will be working with Macmillan Cancer Care to raise money to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.