As Nestlé continues to grow its business in Africa we need to ensure our organisation is as lean and agile as possible. Continuing to deliver affordable value for the people who buy our brands is our priority.
To this end in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) we will close our factory and our head office by the end of January and further develop our third-party distribution business model. This new arrangement will allow us to focus exclusively on building our sales and distribution in the country. We do not anticipate that there will be any changes to the local product portfolio.
We will give every assistance to our employees to match them with any positions that become available as a result of these changes. We are grateful for the contribution our staff have made to Nestlé’s business in the DRC. We are offering a settlement package that is more favourable than that prescribed by the local labour legislation. We are striving to minimise the impact on those affected, providing them with fair compensation and support.
Nestlé will continue to contribute to the economic growth of the DRC. These new arrangements will support the sustainability of our business in the country over the long term.