‘Company Culture’ Doesn’t Happen Inside an Office Building

This August, #NestleCares day is getting hands-on with thousands of employees across more than 100 communities

What does it really mean for a company to be a member of the community? Nestlé has been part of communities in the U.S. for more than 100 years, and we’re now proud to be part of 120 hometowns in 47 states. On August 10, thousands of our employees will get hands-on in those communities, leading projects from cleaning up rivers and parks to cooking food at local shelters to gathering school supplies for elementary school students in our neighborhoods.

By bringing together so many employees and towns into one #NestleCares day, we’re able to celebrate and give back to the communities where we work and live. For us, though, engaging in our communities is about more than one special day. Enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future is our purpose. It motivates us every single day. It’s what’s made us successful for 150 years. And it’s what will make us successful for the next 150 years.

Enabling healthier and happier lives

Paving a path toward improved health is core to our efforts to enhance quality of life for individuals and families. Our three year partnership with Boys and Girls Club of America has focused on the National Fitness Competition, which reaches more than 50,000 kids at 742 clubs across the country. Local clubs host fitness competitions for their members featuring activities that promote tangible fitness goals and support healthy lifestyles among school-age children. By teaching kids at that age to enjoy activity, we can build contribute to a long-term shift to a healthier lifestyle. Our chefs from Nestlé Professional also work with Boys & Girls Club to provide hands-on cooking demos that give kids the chance to play with their food and create “Art on a Plate” masterpieces using fruits, vegetables and grains. Encouraging more vegetables, fiber-rich grains, legumes, nuts and seeds in diets is a core part of our commitments on nutrition, and we love the opportunity to get hands-on to improve nutrition.

Helping develop thriving, resilient communities

Another major focus of ours, through Project Opportunity, is to help people of all ages gain skills and experience for career opportunities throughout their lives. The foundation of a bright future that’s full of opportunity is a strong education. Our Nestlé Skin Health team in Texas is continuing their annual effort to ‘Stuff the Bus’- contributing more than 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies to the Ft. Worth Independent School district. Simultaneously, Nestlé Waters teams will be pitching in at the Cabazon Library in California and with Hope Supply Co. in Texas to support educational efforts in their communities. Whether at schools or with career and skill-building programs throughout life, investing in experience and education is a long-term investment that we value.

Stewarding resources for future generations

To us, environmental sustainability means protecting the future by making the right choices for our world with constrained natural resources. Climate change is bringing a greater need than ever to mitigate our impact on the planet. As part of our #NestleCares day this August, we have partnered with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to lead community service projects that address environmental challenges including watershed conservation, water responsibility and pollinator habitat conservation. Events in nine cities — Glendale, CA; Oakland, CA; Allentown, PA; Stamford, CT; New York, NY; Florham Park, NJ; St. Louis, MO; Washington DC and Solon, OH — will give Nestlé employees the chance to roll up their sleeves and help to restore and improve local parks, creeks and trails in their communities. We’re also joining with the Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Foundation. Nestlé employees have been trained to use Project WET’s unique water stewardship teaching materials to educate kids and teens about the importance of water conservation and sustainability. Responsible water stewardship is critical to the future of our business, and we strive for sustainable water management from the fields where we source our crops to our facilities and the communities where our farmers, consumers, and employees live.

When it comes down to it, the four walls of your office building aren’t really what define you. You don’t build a strong company culture or identity looking at one another. You build a culture by looking outward. You build your identity by discovering and working towards the role you should play in the world around you. While #NestleCares may be a one day culmination of our work this year, it’s the incredible passion and drive to contribute to a healthier future, day after day, that really defines us. This is what makes Nestlé great.