Nestlé USA Is First Food & Beverage Company To Achieve WELL Health-Safety Rating
ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Nestlé USA announced today it has received the WELL Health-Safety Rating for its corporate office locations, making it the first food and beverage company to achieve the rating in the U.S. This rating is part of the company’s larger efforts to provide a safe and healthy environment for employees and evolve its workplace to be fit for the future.
The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for buildings looking to implement, validate, and measure investments that support health and wellness - an effort that’s increasingly important since the onset of the pandemic. Building on its already rigorous health and safety protocols across both factories and campuses, Nestlé USA employed the following noteworthy factors, which contributed to this achievement: increased outdoor intake and enhanced filtration to improve air quality, air flow, and sanitization; innovative alternatives to high-touch surface areas such as touchless coffee machines in campuses; and improved employee benefits such as complimentary access to wellness apps and virtual counseling.
The WELL Health-Safety seal will be applied to five buildings across Nestlé USA’s three corporate campuses in Arlington VA, Solon OH and Seattle WA.
“Nestlé’s achievement of the WELL Health-Safety Rating across its corporate offices shows a commitment to a healthier and safer workplace that’s operated with employees as a top priority,” said Rachel Hodgdon, President and CEO of IWBI. “As the world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé has a long history of pursuing a better and healthier world, and we applaud its leadership as we all work to get back to business with confidence.”
Nestlé USA will continue to enhance its workspaces to best serve as hubs for creativity, collaboration and culture among its employees. Additionally, the company is launching a new flexible working model that empowers its employees to decide where to work – in the office or at home – on any given day based on where they are most productive.
“The safety and health of our people will always be our top priority, and our achievement of the WELL Health-Safety Rating underscores that commitment,” said Judy Cascapera, Chief People Officer, Nestlé USA. “As we reflected on the last year and what people are looking for in a workplace, now and in the future, we recognized that simply going back to how we used to work wasn’t an option. We’re excited for this next chapter as a company and believe that providing our employees with the flexibility they need to get the job done, wherever that may be, will be essential to our continued business growth and our ability to retain and attract top talent.”
To learn more please visit: www.nestleusa.com/about-us/the-future-of-work.
Nestlé USA is committed to unlocking the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come. The company’s food and beverage portfolio includes some of the most recognizable brands in the United States including Coffee mate, DiGiorno and Nestlé Toll House as well as category disruptors such as Sweet Earth, and are in nearly every home in the country. Nestlé USA also boasts the largest coffee portfolio in the U.S. with Nescafé, Nestlé Starbucks Coffee and Chameleon Cold-Brew. With 2020 sales of $10 billion, Nestlé USA is part of Nestlé S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — the world’s largest food and beverage company, which has been named among “The World’s Most Admired Food Companies” by Fortune magazine for twenty-four consecutive years. For more information, visit Nestleusa.com or medium.com/nestle-usa.
About the International WELL Building Institute
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is a public benefit corporation and the world’s leading organization focused on deploying people-first places to advance a global culture of health. IWBI mobilizes its community through the administration of the WELL Building Standard (WELL) and the WELL Health-Safety Rating, management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and well-being for everyone, everywhere. More information on WELL can be found here.
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