SWITZERLAND – The Chief Executive Officer of Blue Bottle Coffee, Bryan Meehan has joined Nestlé’s Creating Shared Value Council, an external advisory group to the company’s management on implementing Creating Shared Value (CSV).
The Council also assesses the company’s progress and helps to ensure the sound development, long-term sustainability and positive social and economic impact of the CSV business approach.
Chaired by Janet Voûte, the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Council is comprised of eight external members, whose expertise spans corporate social responsibility, strategy, sustainability, nutrition, water and rural development.
Council members also participate in Nestlé’s CSV Global Forum and form the judging panel for the Nestlé CSV Prize.
Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO, said: “At Nestlé, we believe to be successful in the long term we must create value for both our shareholders and for society.
“Bryan has shown how a business can act as a force for good by leading the way to a plastic-free future. His entrepreneurial spirit and passion to fight climate change will be a great addition to the work of the Council.”
Meehan has led major investment in Blue Bottle Coffee including a US$73m funding round in 2015 led by Fidelity Investments with participation from Jared Leto, Tony Hawk, Chris Sacca and Bono.
Meehan’s other interests primarily lie in areas of organic food and sustainability. He is a co-founder of Greenmont Capital in Colorado with stakes in Izze Soft Drinks and Mary’s Gone Crackers. He also sits on the Board of the Fine Arts Museums of San Fransisco.
He also co-founded Fresh and Wild Organic markets in London (now Whole Foods), and then founded the all-natural skincare beauty line, Nude with Bono and Ali Hewson.
Since 2017, when Nestlé acquired a 68 percent stake, Blue Bottle has remained a stand-alone company under the leadership of Meehan.