Aligned with Nestlé’s belief that living with a disability should not define a person and every individual has the unique ability to contribute to society, Nestlé joined the The Valuable 500, a global movement composed by 500 global companies and business leaders, putting disability inclusion on the business leadership agenda.
The commitment aims to provide equal opportunities to advance accessibility for people with disabilities within Nestlé’s operations, promote awareness and understanding of their experience, and positively impact the lives of young people living with disabilities.
Linked to this pledge, Nestlé’s markets and businesses are advancing on the journey of including people with disabilities. Here are two examples from different parts of the world:
The ‘Conectados’ program that Nestlé Brazil has launched to support accessibility to employees with disabilities: sign language interpretation available in different employees’ channels (i.e. internal hotline for payroll queries; benefits like medical plan, the assistance programme to guide them on social, psychological, financial and legal themes, health assessments) and on the gamified onboarding program for new employees and third parties. The initiative also goes beyond internal processes, as Nestlé promotions, websites and costumer services are also now equipped with sign language interpretation.
The #WeBelieveInYou initiative in Nestlé Pakistan that has offered internship opportunities (in different areas like Sales, IT and Marketing), exclusively for people with disabilities. After selection process in collaboration with NGOs and universities and a robust onboarding, those participants could benefit from development interventions during the program, i.e. career coaching and regular check-ins. The project aimed either employ those participants on permanent jobs (where possible) and/or build alumni network for future positions.