Nestlé in Ukraine has committed to employ and provide internships for 630 people within its own youth programme over the next two years.
The company has committed to employ 320 people under the age of 30 and to engage 310 people in its internship programme for students and graduates of higher education institutions during 2024-2025.
Nestlé reports that over the last decade, its youth programme, ‘Nestlé Needs YOUth,’ has developed career opportunities for young people, hiring more than 4,800 people under the age of 30. Nestlé also claims around 1,900 students have completed internships at the company.
Alessandro Zanelli, CEO of Nestlé in Ukraine and Southeastern Europe, said: “In Ukraine, we continue to deploy ‘Nestlé Needs YOUth’ aiming to foster leadership development and provide career opportunities for young Ukrainians helping them get their first job. Since the beginning of this year, within the framework of ‘Nestlé Needs YOUth,’ we have already hired more than 80 employees under the age of 30.”
He continued: “In total, since the beginning of the full-scale war, we have employed more than 500 people at Nestlé in Ukraine. Our company demonstrates full trust in the prosperous future of Ukraine and at the beginning of the year announced $42 million investment in a new factory, bringing the number of factories operating in Ukraine to four… We are already taking concrete steps today to ensure the future development of the country and the realization of its business potential.”
Earlier this month the Ukrainian National Agency on Corruption Prevention added Nestlé to an “international sponsors of war” register, a list of companies which still operate and potentially make a profit in Russia.
The company responded by saying that they are not making any investments in Russia, but still providing essential supplies to the local communities and fully complying with all applicable international sanctions.
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