What Nestlé is doing to improve access to safe drinking water
We consider that Nestlé Waters has a role to play in implementing the right to water. Wherever our company operates, we ensure that the local population has adequate access to water.
While ensuring that our operations have no negative impact on resources or the environment, we also try to have a positive impact and are committed to supporting the long-term goal of Creating Shared Value.
In 2012, Nestlé was one of the first companies to sign the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) pledge of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development(WBCSD). This commits us to providing access to safe water and sanitation at all of our direct operations, within three years.
For example, since 2016, Nestlé Waters has enjoyed a global partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), to ensure clean drinking water and sanitation. Over the last three years, the partnership, which was renewed in 2014, has focused on water sanitation for 65,000 people in Ivory Coast. It is now extend its focus to Ghana.
Meanwhile, Nestlé Pakistan will increase the number of drinking water facilities from 6 to 7 in 2018 with a new installation in Kabirwala. The six existing drinking water facilities provide access to safe and clean drinking water to more than 60,000 people per day.
Safe drinking water in an emergency
Bottled water can be an alternative source of safe drinking water in emergency situations where water-supply infrastructure is temporarily damaged or unavailable. In 2014, Nestlé Waters donated nearly 100,000 liters of water to survivors of disasters in Argentina, Chile and Mexico.
Since 2006, Nestlé Waters Canada has worked with Project Water, a volunteer organization in Toronto, to distribute free bottled water to the homeless and needy during the hot summer months, via numerous social services agencies.
In France, during the 2015 heatwave, the Fédération Nationale des Eaux Embouteillées (national bottled-water federation), partnered with Paris’s Samusocial humanitarian emergency service, to distribute bottles of water to the homeless and needy. As a member of the federation, Nestlé played a major role in this initiative.
In the U.S., Nestlé Waters provides support across the country, through partnerships with AmeriCares, the American Red Cross and other organizations, donating bottles of water to disaster-relief organizations in times of need.