The Evolution of Value Series - Part 1, by Wayne Visser
What we value as a society differs according to people, place and time. We have to ask, which society? And by that we may really mean: which tribe, class, culture or nation, in which part of the world, and in what period of history? A hunter-gatherer tribe in Southern Africa in 1,000 BC would surely value different things to an aristocratic ruling elite in Europe in the Middle Ages. That’s because value is subjective. The social scientists would say value is socially constructed or normative.
Nestlé has released its full Creating Shared Value (CSV) and Sustainability 'Progress Report 2020'. This year's report represents the completion of the majority of Nestlé’s public commitments. Video link
Finding their own economic independence through coffee
Dorotee Uwimbabazi has spent her whole life on coffee farms, and she is still improving her farming practices. She recently discovered the benefits of planting shade trees in her garden; not only do they protect the coffee trees, but they also provide the perfect compost when they shed their leaves. "I think they have made my garden one of the best in my community," she beams.
Shedding light on our efforts to fight deforestation in our cocoa supply chains
From the road, we could see some dead forest trees emerging above the cocoa canopy. With their branchless and barkless trunks, the dead trees cut an ominous figure, contrasting with the lush green of the surrounding forest.
While the dead forest trees were not located on cocoa farms in the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, they were symptomatic of the complex issue we have grappled with for years: deforestation in cocoa supply chains.
Case study highlights how Novo Nordisk is working to change the narrative and harmful social norms around obesity in the U.S.
BOSTON, November 8, 2018 /3BL Media/ – In a new case study, the Shared Value Initiative spotlights Novo Nordisk as a leading example of a company that has found a business opportunity in helping to solve a pressing social issue.
By Chavanne Hanson, Deputy Head of Global Public Affairs
Today, the United Nations (UN) hosts a highly anticipated meeting to discuss progress and next steps on fighting chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease – otherwise known as non-communicable diseases, or NCDs.
We’re keen to play our part, and indeed both the UN and World Health Organization (WHO) recently called upon food and beverage companies like Nestlé to engage in the battle against such diseases.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros wrote: "We must use whatever partnerships are open to us, in whatever way we can, to achieve our goals… it’s the only way."
Celebrating the 57 innovative companies on Fortune's 2018 Change the World List
These days there seems to be an ever-growing list of global challenges facing governments, civil society, businesses and citizens of the planet. From cybersecurity threats to income inequality to extreme weather to homelessness to food and water insecurity, the range of problems is broad, and the issues, in many cases, are deep.