Nestle's External Report

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2010 External Report on Nestlé’s WHO Code compliance INTRODUCTION Nestlé supports the best start in life for babies. This means protecting and promoting breastfeeding and ensuring that, when alternatives are needed, these are of the highest quality and are marketed responsibly and in line with the International Code of Marketing of Breast‐milk Substitutes (WHO Code). Nestlé recognizes that the WHO Code is an important instrument for the protection of infant health, in particular in countries where public health concerns are heightened. Nestlé is committed to making sure that each employee operates in compliance with the WHO Code and in a way consistent with the Nestlé Policy and Instructions on implementing the WHO Code, last revised in July 2010. In the 152 countries with high infant mortality and malnutrition rates as defined by UNICEF – classified as ‘higher‐risk’, Nestlé is committed to following the WHO Code as a minimum requirement and to applying national legislation when this is stricter than the Code. In all other countries (classified as ‘lower‐risk’), Nestlé follows national regulations and/or other measures implementing the WHO Code, such as the EU Directive 2006/141/EC. Since the adoption of the WHO Code Nestlé has implemented extensive procedures to embed it into our organisation and practices and to ensure compliance with it. This means training our personnel and partners involved in the marketing of breast‐milk substitutes, monitoring and auditing our compliance with the Code, and reporting about our compliance record. More information about our procedures can be found on the Nestlé Baby Milk website. This report, intended for interested stakeholders, describes the results for 2010 of Nestlé’s compliance with the WHO Code and
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