GRI welcomes new Organizational Stakeholders - featuring Nestlé
06 September 2011

Every month GRI welcomes new Organizational Stakeholders (OS). OS are key members of GRI’s network; they contribute their expertise, play an important governance role, and invest in GRI through annual financial contributions.
This month the following OS have joined GRI:
• Addison- USA;
• Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy- USA;
• FIRA- The Netherlands;
• GoldenBee Management Consulting- China;
• Green Building Consultancy Ltd- United Kingdom;
• GreenBusinessConsulting- Belgium;
• Institution of Occupational Safety and Health- UK;
• ISS Facility Services- The Netherlands;
• MeetGreen- USA; Nestlé- Switzerland;
• Opera CJSC- Russian Federation;
• Royal Bafokeng Platinum- South Africa;
• Strategy XXI Partners- USA;
• Syntegra Change Architects Ltd- Trinidad and Tobago;
• The Macao Water Supply Co Ltd- China;
• The Results Company- USA;
• U.S. Green Building Council- USA;
This month’s featured OS is Nestlé, a global food and nutrition company headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland. The company employs around 280,000 people and has factories and operations in almost every country in the world.

On joining the OS program, Hilary Parsons, Senior Manager Public Affairs for Nestlé, said: “As a basis for responsible operations and business success over the long term, Nestlé believes it must manage its operations in a manner that complies with the highest standards of business practice and environmental sustainability. This involves compliance with national legislation and relevant conventions as well as our own requirements which often go beyond our legal obligations. Beyond that, how we do business is based on sustainability – ensuring that our activities preserve the environment for future generations. 

In order to build a profitable business for our shareholders, we believe that we must go beyond compliance and sustainability to a third level: creating long –term value for both society and for our shareholders. This is what we call ‘Creating Shared Value’, where our areas of focus are Nutrition, Water and Rural Development. 
We see becoming an OS as an important step in the process of continuously improving our reporting.  It allows for two way communication with GRI, facilitates our understanding of the organization and through activities with other OS, encourages and enables the sharing of best practice.”

Visit GRI’s website to learn more about the OS program.