Nestle India Ltd Management Discussions.

(within the limits set by the Companys competitive position)

Industry structure and developments, segment wise or product-wise performance, outlook, risks and opportunities of the Company and discussion on financial performance with respect to the operational performance, has been covered in the Boards Report more specifically under the sections on Financial Results and State of Companys Affairs and Management Analysis, Exports, Business Development of the Company.

The Company has an adequate system of internal controls to ensure that transactions are properly authorised, recorded, and reported, apart from safeguarding its assets. The internal control system is supplemented by well-documented policies, guidelines and procedures and reviews carried out by the Companys internal audit function, which submits reports periodically to the Management and the Audit Committee of the Board.

In order to foster an improved internal control culture in the Company, wherein every employee is fully aware of all the major risk/controls faced in his / her work sphere and assumes responsibility for the controls performed therein, the Company has inter-alia implemented a tool called "Controls Manager" which works on the basic concept of Control Self-Assessment. The Self- Assessments by process / control owner are also used as the basis of CEO/CFO certification as required under Regulation 17(8) of the Listing Regulations.

Your Company has a favourable work environment that motivates performance, customer focus and innovation while adhering to the highest degree of quality and integrity. As part of manpower development and training and with an aim to enhance operational efficiency, employees of the Company have been sent on postings and assignments to other Nestl Group companies. Manpower figure of the Company as on 31st December 2020 was 7,747.

The Annual Report has details of significant changes (i.e. change of 25% or more as compared to the immediately previous financial year) in key financial ratios as applicable, along with detailed explanations thereof, including (i) Debtors Turnover, (ii) Inventory Turnover, (iii) Interest Coverage Ratio, (iv) Current Ratio, (v) Debt Equity Ratio, (vi) Operating Profit Margin, (vii) Net Profit Margin. Details of change in Return on Net Worth as compared to the immediately previous financial year along with a detailed explanation thereof is also part of this Annual Report.


During the year 2020, the Company had no materially significant related party transaction, which is considered to have potential conflict with the interests of the Company at large. Transactions with related parties are disclosed in Note No. 45 to the Annual Audited Financial Statements. The Company has formulated a policy on materiality of Related Party Transactions and also on dealing with Related Party Transactions. The said policy is also available on the website of the Company (web link

The equity shares of the Company are listed on BSE Limited, Mumbai and the Company has complied with all the applicable Regulations of capital markets. No penalties or strictures have been imposed on the Company by the Stock Exchange, SEBI or any other statutory authority, on any matter relating to the capital markets, during the last three years.

The standard of behaviour of Nestl India is governed by significant documents "The Nestl Corporate Business Principles", "The Nestl Management and Leadership Principles" and "Nestl India Code of Business Conduct". Employees can report to the Company Secretary, on a confidential basis, any practices or actions believed to be inappropriate or illegal under Nestl India Code of Business Conduct ("the Code"). The Company has formulated a separate vigil mechanism / whistle blower policy (Whistle- blower Policy), which is available on the website of the Company (web link The Code and the Whistle-blower Policy provides for adequate safeguards against victimisation of director(s) / employee(s) who avail of the mechanism and also provides for direct access to the Chairman of the Audit Committee in exceptional cases. It is affirmed that no person has been denied access to the Audit Committee. As an additional facility to all the directors and employees of the Company, the Company under the Code provides Integrity Reporting System, an independent third party operated free phone and web-based facility to report concerns under the Code. The Company also provides an independent third party operated free phone and web-based facility, "Tell us", to all internal and external stakeholders with a dedicated communication channel for reporting potential instances of non- compliances with the Nestl Corporate Business Principles.

Further, the Company has appointed Ombudsman for Infant Code, under which employees can report Infant Code violations directly to the Ombudsman, with adequate safeguard to protect the employee reporting.

The Company has not raised any funds through preferential allotment or qualified institutions placement as specified under Regulation 32 (7A) of the Listing Regulations.

The Company has obtained a certificate from M/s. S.N. Ananthasubramanian & Co., Practising Company Secretary (Registration No. 1774), Secretarial Auditors of the Company, confirming that none of the Directors on the Board of the Company have been debarred or disqualified from being appointed or continuing as directors of the Company by the Board/ Ministry of Corporate Affairs or any such Statutory Authority.

During the year 2020, total fees for all services paid by the Company to M/s. B S R & Co. LLP, Statutory Auditors and all the entities forming part of the same network, aggregate Rs 21.1 million.

During the Year 2020, the Board of Directors had accepted all recommendation of the Committees of the Board of Directors, which are mandatorily required to be made.

As per the requirement of the Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (POSH), the Company has a robust mechanism in place to redress complaints reported under it. The Company has complied with provisions relating to the constitution of Internal Complaints Committee under POSH. The Internal Committee (IC) is composed of internal members and an external member who has extensive experience in the field. In 2020, four (4) cases of sexual harassment were reported in the Company, which have been investigated and were resolved as per the provisions of the POSH.

The Company has complied with all the mandatory requirements specified in Regulations 17 to 27 and clauses (b) to (i) of sub – regulation (2) of Regulation 46 of the Listing Regulations.

The Corporate Governance Report of the Company for the year 2020 or as on 31st December 2020 are in compliance with the applicable requirements of SEBI as per Listing Regulations.

The status of adoption of the non-mandatory requirements as specified in sub – regulation 1 of Regulation 27 of the Listing Regulations are as follows: (a) The Board: The Chairman of the Company is an Executive Chairman; (b) Shareholder Rights: Half-yearly and other quarterly financial statements are published in newspapers and uploaded on Companys website; (c) Modified opinion(s) in audit report: The Company already has a regime of un-qualified financial statements. Auditors have raised no qualification on the financial statements; (d) Reporting of Internal Auditor: The Chief Internal Auditor of the Company reports to the Executive Director - Finance and Control & CFO with functional independence and has direct access to the Audit Committee.

On behalf of the Board of Directors
Date : 16th February 2021 Suresh Narayanan
Place : Gurugram Chairman and Managing Director