All press releasesJun 7, 2011
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The National Hydration Council published a new survey about hydration at school
By 2050 we will have to feed 9.3 billion people and food production has to double. The key is water, the scarcest natural resource on earth. At the current rate of overuse, we will run out of water long before we run out of oil. This is why we say: no food for fuel.
At the current rate, the overuse of freshwater will severely slow economic development. Worse, it will be the cause of massive food shortages within the next 15 to 20 years. Exacerbating the problem will be a further 2.3 billion people on the planet by 2050, adding to existing demand for food and energy, which both critically depend on freshwater.
As the world’s leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company, Nestlé too, at every level, depends on reliable access to clean water, in order to maintain our ability to meet our consumers’ needs. We therefore care deeply about water and remain committed to act. This year we have reviewed the five W.A.T.E.R. commitments we set out in our 2006 Water Report, ensuring that these continue to drive water performance through our operations, supply chain and with communities. We are now working on a set of performance indicators to monitor our progress.
Water is a local issue. But the effects of local shortages quickly become global issues in today’s interlinked economies. While we can have an impact through our own operations, a truly sustainable solution can only come from a collaborative response from multiple stakeholders; so we are actively promoting global dialogue on water while also engaging in direct actions in our own right.
In recent years, water has moved to the top of the global agenda. In 2008, the World Economic Forum established the 2030 Water Resources Group, bringing together key players in addressing this issue, and highlighting the critical status of water availability.
This group, under the leadership of the Nestlé Chairman, has elaborated a landmark report Charting Our Water Future, whose key findings are now being transformed into concrete actions under the leadership of national governments, together with other stakeholders. This is an important first step to bring freshwater withdrawals back into balance with natural renewal.
Nestlé is also a founding signatory of the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate, whose reporting requirements are reflected in the structure of this report. We actively engage in the public policy debate around water and advocate for better understanding of the consequences of mistaken biofuels policies. We hope that the Rio+20 summit will deliver an unequivocal commitment to “no food for fuel”. Food is for people; waste may be used for fuel.
It is our firm conviction that access to adequate, safe fresh water is a human right. Beyond the need for hydration and basic hygiene, sustainable water policies should adequately price water to cover costs and reflect its true value (and scarcity).
We strongly believe that for a company to be successful in the long term, it must create value for its shareholders and at the same time for the communities where it operates and for society at large. We call this Creating Shared Value. Analysing our entire value chain, we have identified three focus areas where Nestlé can optimise the creation of shared value: besides water, these are nutrition and rural development. So while water is the main theme of this report, you will also read about our other two priority areas, as well as our progress and challenges in Environmental Sustainability and in Compliance; the essential foundations of Creating Shared Value. As part of this, we also reiterate our continued strong support for the UN Global Compact and its Blueprint. Nestlé is a founding member of UN Global Compact LEAD.
In nutrition, through our support for the UN initiative Every Woman Every Child, Nestlé committed to continuing to address today’s health challenges by expanding its global Healthy Kids Programme to teach children about the value of nutrition and physical activity. We are also creating more opportunities for women through income-generating activities and continuing to provide access to education,focusing on women and children. These efforts on behalf of women and children reflect our commitment to the UN Millennium Development Goals.
Responsible sourcing is intrinsic to our rural development goals and we have conducted 1910 audits in 2011, to ensure our suppliers’ responsible workplace commitments are being implemented. Our traceability programme is also reaching milestones; we began in 2010 with palm oil and paper and pulp and by 2012 we will have extended it to ten further areas and main commodities. A particularly serious challenge is the occurrence of child labour. For a few years we have worked to further ensure it has no place in our supply chain, so we have become the first food company to work with the NGO Fair Labor Association to help us bring transparency into our specific cocoa supply chain and assist us in defining and implementing corrective measures, together with the other stakeholders involved.
This summary report, and the more extensive accompanying Creating Shared Value reporting available at www.nestle.com/csv, record our progress and challenges for 2011. We hope you find them engaging and informative, and welcome your input and views, which can be sent via the Contact button at www.nestle.com.
Chairman of the Board
Chief Executive Officer
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