Nestlé SA General Manager and Nestlé Waters CEO, Mr. Settembri, inaugurated on November 26th 2015 a clean drinking water facility in the community of Bhatti Dhilwan village located next to the Nestlé Sheikhupura factory. At least 5,000 people belonging to neighbouring areas will have access to clean drinking water on a daily basis from the facility.
Mr Settembri said, “It is imperative that we close the gap between supply and demand of safe fresh water if we are to thrive as businesses, communities or countries. We have pledged globally to water stewardship in an effort to adopt sustainable water practices, especially in areas where we operate, source our goods and where our suppliers and consumers live. Local communities play a very important role in achieving this objective.”
The Community Engagement Program
Access to clean drinking water is a key development challenge for Pakistan. Out of the total available (usable water only) in Pakistan, more than 95% is used for agriculture in the rural areas, 2% is used by municipality for urban areas and 2% for total industry (including all types of industries, such as textiles and others).
As a part of our Community Engagement Program and to support local communities, Nestlé Pakistan has established 7 clean drinking water facilities. These facilities provide clean drinking water to approximately 35,000 people every day. An eighth facility is under construction in Allahabad (near the Kabirwala Factory), and will be operational by the end of 2015.
Alliance for Water Stewardship
An agreement was also signed between Nestlé Pakistan and WWF-Pakistan under which the latter would help the company implement sustainability practices and Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) standard at its Islamabad factory. The two partners have already put the AWS standard in place at the company’s Sheikhupura Factory.
AWS is a standard of sustainable water usage that promotes better understanding through stakeholder engagement, in order to drive best water management practices within and beyond industrial operations. AWS Standard is a six step process and includes Governance, Balance and Quality.
Responsible water stewardship
Water is essential for human survival and cannot be replaced. Responsible water stewardship is critical for all of us. Nestlé is committed to developing its business in a way that facilitates effective water stewardship. The company has been continuously improving water efficiency in its operations and through innovative programs with suppliers, especially farmers.
“To eliminate the risk of water shortage, we will need long term, meaningful and collective action. Nestlé Pakistan, between 2003 and 2013 alone, improved water efficiency in its operations by 22%. The company also ensures treatment of wastewater before releasing it back into the ecosystem. But we realise that as a responsible water steward we need to take on board and educate other stakeholders” said Bruno Olierhoek, the Managing Director of Nestlé Pakistan.