Of the six companies assessed, Nestlé’s policy wording is most closely aligned with the language of the Articles of The Code, as indicated by its policy score of 96%. As in 2016, the company policy only lacked full commitments on one topic – that relating to WHA resolution 58.32 requiring information and labeling regarding the potential presence of pathogenic micro-organisms in its products.
Nestle's management systems are also strong in most areas – its governance, managerial arrangements and approval procedures at the global level are consistently applied globally. With the updated policy ‘The Nestlé Policy and Procedures for the Implementation of the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes’ effective as of September 2017, the company discloses more about its compliance, governance and management systems. While its commitments and practices remain unchanged since the 2016 Index, and the company provided many but not all necessary examples of its instructions to staff, some of these could not be assessed.
Nestlé also scored 33% for BMS 2, reflecting a high level of compliance in Nigeria but a low level of compliance in Thailand. As with other companies, its level of compliance with the Articles assessed by the methodology (through observation rather than recall) was significantly better in Nigeria than Thailand. Four incidences of non-compliance were identified in Nigeria in relation to four products. However, 902 were found in Thailand in relation to 39 products (906 incidences of non-compliance in total, relating to 43 products).
More details on BMS 2 can be found in the respective in-country assessment report here.
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