Our commitment: Support breastfeeding and protect it by continuing to implement an industry-leading policy to market breast-milk substitutes responsibly
As breast milk is considered the ideal nutrition for infants, we promote the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s recommendation to exclusively breastfeed infants for the first 6 months, followed by the introduction of adequate nutritious complementary foods, along with sustained breastfeeding for children aged 2 and above.
Our Maternity Protection Policy for our employees, which provides a conducive environment to support breastfeeding among our employees, is being strictly implemented across our workplaces.
In case of barriers to breastfeeding, if mothers and families, in consultation with their health care provider, decide that optimal breastfeeding is not possible, infant formula is the only suitable breast milk substitute (BMS) recommended by the WHO.
In 2017, through our Nestlé Start Healthy Stay Healthy programme, we partnered with several public and private organisations, opening about 1000 breastfeeding rooms in India.
Breast- milk substitute marketing: Compliance record
We continue to strengthen our internal breast milk marketing practices while adhering to the WHO Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (BMS) as implemented by national governments and The Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods Act, 1992, as amended in 2003 (IMS Act). This act regulates the production, supply and distribution of infant formula in India in compliance with our Nestlé Policy and Instructions for Implementation of the WHO Code, which is considered stricter than national legislations.
In 2016, our BMS marketing practices were assessed by ATNI India Index, which reported, "With respect to BMS marketing, Nestlé India demonstrated a high level of compliance with the Indian IMS Act and the Code. Nestlé India, like Nestlé S.A., is an industry leader with respect to committing to providing facilities that support breastfeeding mothers at work."
We were the first BMS manufacturer included in the FTSE4Good Responsible Investment Index and have met its rigorous criteria for marketing of BMS since 2011.
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