According to Tapestry Networks, at a conference a member of Nestlé’s executive board, David Frick, “talked about a programme to invite its largest shareholders to meet with the chairman . . . He said shareholders had either declined or simply didn’t turn up to the meetings.” Photograph: EPA/Keystone/Fabrice Coffrini

What if lawmakers never spoke to their constituents? Oddly enough, that’s exactly how corporate America operates. Shareholders vote for directors, (...)

Edward Hendrick, chief executive of Sonru: spent countless hours travelling from his home to various locations around the country for interviews that frequently lasted less than half an hour. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Every day of the week, job applicants to international organisations such as CERN, Volvo, Nestlé, GSK, Qatar Airways, Morrisons, SAS, Thames Water and(...)

There is a cloud of uncertainty over whether international companies in Switzerland will have access to EU markets. EPA/GIAN EHRENZELLER

When Taoiseach Enda Kenny vowed to make Ireland the best small country in the world to do business, we don’t know if he had Switzerland on his radar.T(...)

Nespresso coffee capsules manufactured by Nestle. Nestle was ordered to pay €500,000 plus legal fees to Ethical Coffee after a ruled that Nespresso competed unfairly against the maker of knock-off capsules that work in its machines. Photo: Bloomberg

Nestle was ordered to pay €500,000 plus legal fees to Ethical Coffee after a French court ruled that Nespresso competed unfairly against the maker o(...)

A drop of Allergan Inc Botox is seen on the tip of a needle. Valeant’s new offer included a contingent value right that could be worth an extra $7.6 billion. Photograph: Bloomberg

The battle for Botox-maker Allergan took a new twist yesterday when Canadian drugs firm Valeant sold off its skin fillers business, giving it the fir(...)

Nestlé chief executive Paul Bulcke: said the Nespresso VertuoLine system, which dispenses larger cups of coffee to cater to US tastes, had been doing “very well” in the first two months since its launch. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

The head of Nestlé has acknowledged “tougher” competition in the $80 billion (€58.4 billion) global coffee market, but brushed off the challenge to th(...)

Bottles of Actimel yoghurt drinks, produced by Danone, sit on a shelf in the chilled section of a supermarket. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Danone is in talks with Nestlé and other potential buyers over the disposal of most of its medical nutrition division, as it eyes an expansion of its (...)

Worries over escalating tension in Ukraine and weak results held back stocks in Europe. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Global equity markets declined and government debt rose amid rising tension in Ukraine as Russia declared the country on the brink of civil wa(...)

Sales were hit by several one-off events, including the extreme cold in the US which made people shop less

Nestle expects sales growth to pick up in the next few quarters after slowing to 4.2 per cent in local currencies in the first, when unusually (...)

Swiss national flags hang from buildings in a shopping district in Zurich. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Jasmin Eicher has already axed her sole full-time employee to keep afloat her shop selling cards, candles and paper in a Zurich suburb. If Swit(...)