Leading by Example: Nestlé

What if business could create value for society? This is the core ideas behind the concept of Creating Shared Values (CSV), generally credited to Michael Porter and Mark Kramer, who, in 2006, published the article “Strategy & Society: The Link Between Competitive Advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility” in Harvard Business Review.


Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, has been among the foremost practitioners of CSV and has adopted this concept as a fundamental part of the way they do business. Like other major companies, Nestlé is driving new requirements deep into its value chain.

Creating Shared Value goes beyond compliance and sustainability. It is about leveraging Nestlé’s core activities and partnerships for the joint benefit of its shareholders, for the communities where they operate, for their business partners and for their consumers.

Join Claus Conzelmann, Vice President, Head of Safety, Health & Environmental Sustainability to understand how Nestlé seeks to make a positive difference to the communities where they operate.


Claus Conzelmann, Vice President, Safety, Health & Environment, Nestlé

Claus ConzelmanClaus Conzelmann is Vice President, Head of Safety, Health & Environmental Sustainability at Nestlé, the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness group based in Vevey, Switzerland.

Claus has been driving Nestlé’s performance in workplace health & safety since 2004. As part of the company's ambition to create shared value, he also leads the integration of environmental sustainability into all aspects of the business, from product development, sourcing, manufacturing to branding and marketing. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Project Board "Sustainability for Tomorrow's Consumer".

Joining Nestlé in 1991 he held various strategic and operational positions in Switzerland, Germany and Australia, incl. regulatory affairs, biotechnology policy, factory management, and operations improvement.

Claus has a Ph.D in molecular biology from Manchester University and had worked previously in the agro-biotech sector and as science journalist.


15 January 2013, 12.30 to 13.30 CET

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