We unequivocally believe access to water is a basic human right. Nestlé Waters has a role to play in implementing the right to water for local communities near its factories.
The human right to water was officially recognised by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010. The World Health Organization recommends that everyone should have access to 50-100 litres of clean, safe water for their daily hydration and hygiene needs. But access to safe drinking water and sanitation is still a real issue.
We consider that we have to play a role to in implementing the right to water and we act accordingly. Wherever Nestlé Waters operates, we ensure water access and sanitation for all our employees and access to water for local populations where water access is not ensured. We always ensure that our operations do not have any negative impact on resources or the environment but we also endeavour to achieve a positive impact committed to support our long-term goal of Creating Share Value.
In 2012, Nestlé was one of the first companies to sign up to the World Councillor Sustainable Development’s (WCSD) WASH pledge, which commits us to providing access to safe water and sanitation at all of our direct operations within a three year period.
Partnership on clean drinking water and sanitation with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies. Nestlé has a global partnership since 2006. Renewed in 2014, it has focused on water sanitation for 65,000 people in the Ivory Coast over the last three years and will now extend to Ghana.
Nestlé Pakistan has built eight clean drinking water facilities to provide clean drinking water serving 50,000 members of the community every day (the eighth one was inaugurated in Nov. 2015).
Bottled water can be an alternative source of safe drinking water in emergency situations when water supply infrastructure is temporarily damaged or unavailable.
Nestlé Waters donated water to many situations during the last years to survivors of disasters in Argentina, Chile and Mexico in 2014. (Homeless in Canada, Samu social France, oating in the USA...).
Access to safe drinking water and sanitation are human rights since 2010, but...
→ Close to 700 million people in the world still do not have access to safe drinking water
→ Over 2 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation