Most of our plants are located in rural or remote areas, in the immediate vicinity of the water sources. In many cases, our company is an important economic base within the local community.
We are often the main local tax and job provider; we are often the primary economic outlet for local suppliers and service providers.
This creates an obvious social and economic responsibility that goes far beyond our employees and their families, and relates to the overall well-being and prosperity of these communities.
Contributions around natural sources of water
Nestlé Waters’ first contribution to the local economy includes the creation of jobs and benefits, paying local taxes and building or improving public infrastructure.
Beyond contributing to the local economy through employment and tax contributions, Nestlé Waters brands pride themselves on supporting local community events and social or cultural associations.
This is accomplished through sponsorship of local athletic teams, investment or donation to events and working in partnership with local government or non-governmental organisations.
Supporting local programmes in Buxton, UK
A good example is Buxton, in the United Kingdom, where Nestlé Waters has been supporting local programmes for the past 20 years, including:
- Collaboration with the High Peak Borough Council to protect 500 square miles of National park surrounding the BUXTON and NESTLÉ PURE LIFE springs
- Investment in local events and institutions, such as the Buxton Festival and Buxton in Bloom
- Sponsorship of the Buxton Cricket Club, Golf Club and Football Club
- Implementation of recycle stations in Buxton to promote recycling “on-the-go”
- Education on water conservation in local schools, through Project WET, helping teachers, parents and children to protect and preserve water.
Improving local infrastructures
New facilities often create the need for new or improved infrastructure. Our facilities require at minimum, roads and access, electricity, communications, water lines, and sewage lines.
If it is a completely new facility, all of this infrastructure must be built, and if it is already in place, it may require upgrading or expansion.
At Nestlé Waters we recognise our responsibility to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the public infrastructure used by the company.
For example, we may restore or support the restoration of a road frequently used by our trucks.
We also have a responsibility towards the safety of the residents of the communities that we operate in or near.
When necessary, additional safety measures such as pedestrian sidewalks and street lighting are installed.
New development, including infrastructure, goes through environmental review prior to construction, which in some cases includes community consultation/public comments, depending on the country or jurisdiction in which our facility is located.
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