Nestlé denounces the lack of objectivity in Bottled Life

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Nestlé denounces the lack of objectivity in Bottled Life

In light of the release of Bottled Life on Arte on the 11th of September, Nestlé would like to
share the following statement:

Nestlé is the first to agree that water is a crucial issue, but decided not to engage in dialogue with the film’s producers as the company was under the strong impression that the film would be one-sided and not represent Nestlé and its employees in a fair manner. Nestlé regrets that the completed film confirms this initial impression: indeed, it is completely biased against the company.

Bottled Life does not address one of the most important problems in the world: water scarcity. Water scarcity is not linked to bottled water but is linked, for example, to poor water management. 70% of total global freshwater withdrawals are used by agriculture, 20% by industry and 10% by households. Nestlé’s bottled water activities represent just 0.0009% of global freshwater withdrawals. It is not in the company’s long-term business interests to mismanage the water resources it operates and Nestlé is committed to the responsible management of these resources. This responsible management includes local water resource protection initiatives, like the preservation work Nestlé has conducted with the local community around the Vittel and Contrex sources in France for 20 years (Agrivair).

The film’s comparison of bottled water and tap water is unfounded: Nestlé’s bottled water business does not compete with public water supplies as the main source of drinking water for any population. Rather, bottled water competes with other packaged beverages by offering an alternative that does not contain any calories.

There are many examples of the film’s lack of objectivity, including the film’s suggestion that Nestlé is responsible for the lowering of ground water levels in Pakistan. This is not true. In the Lahore region, there are about 680,000 wells which are mostly used for agriculture, often with no control by the authorities. Nestlé operates just two wells in the area for its bottled water activities. These wells are managed and strictly controlled in accordance with Nestlé’s high standards for all its bottling operations.

The same lack of objectivity is also present in the coverage of Nestlé’s activities in the United States and Nigeria.

Nestlé is always open to debate when it is objective and when it allows the company to convey our position and activities in a clear manner.

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For further details on Nestlé’s response to Bottled Life, visit: www.nestle-waters.com/bottledlife

Water is one of Nestlé’s three Creating Shared Value pillars. For further information on Nestlé’s commitment to water, have a look at the company’s latest Creating Shared Value Report on Water: http://www.nestle.com/Common/NestleDocuments/Documents/Library/Documents/Corporate_Social_Responsibility/Nestle-CSV-Summary-Report-2011-EN.pdf  

Contact : Frédérique Henry – Nestlé Waters – frederique.henry@waters.nestle.com  

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