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Diversity, equity & inclusion

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Integral to our culture

Diversity, equity & inclusion is our everyday reality. We respect and encourage uniqueness and potential regardless of your race, gender, culture, sexual orientation or disability.

Diversity in everyday life

We promote diversity, equity & inclusion through our culture, our work in society and with innovation.

We recruit people who respect our values, we provide equal opportunities for all, and we protect everyone's privacy. We do not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination. Our aim is to create workplaces where everyone feels included and able to bring their whole selves to work. This commitment starts at recruitment and continues to the end of the working relationship. Oceania has a diversity, equity & inclusion action plan designed to provide equal opportunities for everyone to contribute, grow and feel valued.

Nestlé efforts are centred in four focus areas within diversity, equity & inclusion: gender balance, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ community and race & ethnicity. As an equal opportunity employer, we ensure integration and equality for people of all generations across all four inclusion pillars.

People with disabilities


Through membership of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network we promote the inclusion of people with disabilities across our global workforce. In 2020, Nestlé globally signed The Valuable 500, committing to: Provide equal opportunities for all, and continuously advance accessibility for people with disabilities within our operations.

Promote awareness and understanding of the experience of people living with disabilities, in order to mitigate unconscious bias and create an even more inclusive workplace.

Leverage our Nestlé Needs YOUth initiative to positively impact the lives of young people living with disabilities, helping them develop the skills they need to thrive.

LGBT+ community


We are proud to support the United Nations Free & Equal Standards of Conduct for Business on tackling discrimination against LGBT+ people.

We encourage a safe space for employee conversations, learning and support around LGBTQ+ topics. We all play a role in creating an inclusive place to work

Race and ethnicity

Race and ethnicity

Nestlé Australia has launched its Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2021 voicing our commitment to strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. Nestlé’s journey towards reconciliation began in 2010 with the creation of the Nestlé Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Development Program (AYDP). In line with our purpose of unlocking the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come, Nestlé is looking forward to its reconciliation journey ahead.

We pride ourselves on being a global company with a strong local anchor. Today, our global workforce represents approximately 177 nationalities and more than 85% of the management committee positions in the countries we operate are held by local employees who are truly representative of the communities we serve.

Gender Acceleration

Race and ethnicity

Within Oceania we are working to balance the gender makeup of our workforce, with a strong focus on gender-balanced leadership. We have developed a Gender Balance Acceleration Plan, which includes the following specific actions:

  • Supporting all managers to foster an inclusive workplace and ensuring that they are trained on unconscious bias;
  • Encouraging the use of Nestlé's paid parental leave program and flexible work policies in place;
  • Hiring and promoting more women in leadership positions;
  • Reviewing results with senior leaders to promote gender balance and ensure progress; Continuing our efforts to champion equal pay.

Click here to learn more about gender pay at Nestlé.