Saturday November 16, 2013
A renowned name in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry, the Nestlé Group needs no introduction; the name itself is recognised as a leading global brand. Standing proud at 147 years, Nestlé attributes its successful longevity to the fact that it has stood by sound human values and principles.
The company added another feather to its cap recently when it bagged the award in the “FMCG/Retail” category in this year’s Malaysia’s 100 Leading Graduate Employers Awards.
According to Nestlé’s executive director, human resource, Uzma Qaiser Butt, this win has proven that Nestlé has a special place in the hearts of the younger generation in Malaysia, where it has been operating for over 100 years.
“We are humbled and proud at the same time. Seeing this response to our efforts to engage with young recruits is very rewarding.
“We take this award seriously; it must translate into a positive experience for all the young graduates who choose to
experience life with us. Many have experienced us already through our brands. Now come see us on the inside,” she says.
A giant conglomerate that operates in more than 150 countries, the Nestlé Group has over 339,000 employees globally, with more than 6,000 employees in Malaysia.
The company is a proud owner of 2,000 brands on the global front with Nestlé Malaysia alone producing over 500 halal products.
A great place to work
With a vision to be the world’s leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness company providing quality and nutritious food and beverage for consumers of all ages, Nestlé believes in giving employees opportunities to make an early impact.
Employees are entrusted with managing their own career and take the ultimate responsibility to chart their career path with strong guidance and support from the upper management team.
“We take this award seriously; it must translate to a positive experience for all the young graduates who choose to experience life with us.”
- Uzma Qaiser Butt
Staff at Nestlé are empowered through various development initiatives to shape skill sets and assignments that challenge them to think out-of-the-box. They are also given motivation and inspiration to accelerate their development.
The work environment emphasises opportunities and growth through continuous development. There are opportunities to gain exposure not only locally, but internationally as well. The organisation has over 2,000 expatriates in 96 countries.
Nestlé attributes its success to its strong diversity. The organisation strives to integrate into every community to which it belongs whilst placing the highest value on the unique perspectives of its people.
Striking a perfect balance
An ambassador for health and nutrition, Nestlé adopts this mantra with its employees too. According to Butt, the company values balance to enhance its employees’ productivity and always strives to create a great working atmosphere for its people.
Believing that its vision of a healthy lifestyle should be experienced every day, the company also provides its people with health and wellness programmes.
This is to support the principle of “healthy minds in healthy bodies” and to create a healthy workforce that sets the establishment apart from other organisations, she says.
Acknowledging the wider community, Nestlé emphasises the importance of volunteerism. In line with this, the company launched its Nestlé Reaching Out to Community and Kids (ROCKS) Employee Volunteer Programme nationwide to enable its employees to fulfill their societal obligations through various charity work, ranging from serving the under-privileged, disabled, orphaned and single mothers communities.
All Nestlé Malaysia employees are allocated 16 working hours a year to partake in volunteer work.
Creating a platform for graduates
For young graduates looking to embark on a rewarding career path with a solid establishment, Nestlé is the place to be, says Butt.
“Nestlé has long demonstrated a successful track record of developing leaders through its graduate programmes. About 40% of our global executive board members joined us as graduates. This success has been replicated for leaders throughout the organisation.
“We have a strong culture, which prides itself on developing people; it is a key cultural element for us to watch our young graduates grow with pride,” she explains.
The Nestlé Management Trainee Programme (MTP) kicked off in the 1980s in Malaysia, and is Nestlé’s core development programme for young talent. It offers opportunities in Sales & Marketing, Finance, Supply Chain, HR and Technical & Production.
According to Butt, the MTP is part of Nestlé’s business strategy, ensuring that the organisation is equipped with individuals of the highest calibre with global standard of excellence.
“The MTP is a comprehensive programme, meticulously designed for all-round development,” she explains.
Guided by experienced coaches and mentors, the MTP enables trainees to master an array of new skills that are consolidated during field exposure.
Trainees are also exposed to the art of networking and are taught how to liaise confidently with stakeholders and upper management.
The executive director, human resource shares that the MTP helps shape an individual both professionally and personally through solid friendship building and teamwork. However, one does have to be adaptable and hungry for learning opportunities to get the best out of the programme.
“We ensure that graduates are developed through experience, as they are entrusted with responsibilities very soon after joining us. This engages them and provides autonomy fairly quick.
“Nestlé’s outstanding achievements are based on long-term thinking, a factor we try to inculcate in our employees. Young graduates can expect to be a part of an organisation that has a thorough approach on long-term strategy.
“High-performing graduates in Nestlé Malaysia will have a chance to compete for a seat in the global Nestlé International Development Programme, which provides two years of international exposure very early on in their careers,” shares Butt.
High achievers with commercial mindsets are always sought after by Nestlé, but these are not the only criteria.
The company looks for candidates that are dynamic go-getters with the right attitude, and an insatiable desire to take on challenges and learn new things. Good communication skills are an added bonus.
“In the last two to three years, we have made a concerted effort to ensure that we have stronger relationships and engagement with graduates and young professionals.
“Through these engagements, graduates have an even better understanding of Nestlé, which is a great place for their career development,” Butt concludes.
NESTLÉ’S COMMITMENT TO SOCIETY
Over the last 100 years, Nestlé Malaysia has entrenched itself into the lives of Malaysians, not just through its brands, but also through its Creating Shared Value (CSV) initiatives. CSV is its business philosophy which states that to create long-term value for the business, it must also create value for society. In a nutshell, Nestlé believes that it is possible to do well, by doing good. Its business creates shared value in these three main areas, namely:
A facilitator going through a module with children involved in the NHK intervention programme.
In 2010, Nestlé launched the Nestlé Healthy Kids (NHK) Programme with the Nutrition Society of Malaysia. It aims to improve nutrition knowledge and promote a healthy and active lifestyle among school children aged seven to 12 years.
The programme entails the implementation of a two-prong approach. Firstly, an awareness component reaches out to the masses through workshops, seminars and a website (www.healthykids.org.my). Secondly, a research component entails long-term research to develop, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of nutritional educational modules.
>> Water & Environment
Project RiLeaf is a Kinabatangan riverside reforestation and oil palm sustainability initiative that aims to create a landscape where people, nature and agriculture can co-exist harmoniously in their need for water.
In addition, the initiative aims to educate smallholder farmers to implement sustainable agricultural practices in their daily farming activities.
>> Rural Development
This key CSV area encompasses a club which was launched in 2012, the Nestlé Paddy Club. Here, the Nestlé Agriculture Team works with paddy farmers through a rice-growing sustainability innovation that uses environmental-friendly approaches for the manufacturing of Nestlé infant cereal. Simultaneously, the
initiative provides additional income to these farmers.
LIFE AT WORK AWARD
Zainun Nur Abdul Rauf, group corporate affairs director, Nestlé Malaysia, receiving the Life at Work Award from Deputy Prime Minister, YAB Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin at the 11th Women’s Summit 2013.
As an organisation that places importance on its women employees and caters to their needs, Nestlé Malaysia was named one of the top three women-friendly employers by the Life at Work Award 2013. The company was selected among 21 participating organisations.
In its aim to promote a flexible and conducive work environment to support its female employees, Nestlé Malaysia has implemented a few practices:
1 Gender diversity (42% of management positions are currently held by women).
2 Children Daycare that can be claimed through flexi-benefit points.
3 Extended maternity leave.
For more information, log on to award.flexworklife.my