To celebrate World Water Day, we will host events with local stakeholders at nearly all our sites around the world.
Collaborating with local communities in watersheds
Knowledge sharing is part of our approach to sustainable, inclusive water management. Hence, the company is holding sharing sessions as well as building closer links to local communities. The open houses also contribute to Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) certification of the company's sites. The global standard helps major water users to understand more fully the impact of their activities, and to work together with others on the sustainable management of shared water resources.
To date, 15 Nestlé Waters's sites in eight countries have been certified according to the AWS standard. The company aims to have all of its sites certified by 2025.
Since initiating the AWS certification process in 2017, we have enhanced community relations programs around our sites. These initiatives help to raise awareness of local water use. They also help local residents to have access to quality drinking water around the company's sites in areas where clean, safe water is an issue, including countries like Pakistan, Ethiopia and Iran. Ultimately, working with local communities and other water users contributes to the long-term sustainability of sources.
Building understanding of water issues
We are also launching 20 Questions About Water": a series of thought-provoking videos. The independently produced collection aims to foster discussion around all aspects of water. Filmed over the past 12 months, the videos feature questions from people across four continents and answers from global water experts. Further videos on water and plastics topics will be added to the series throughout the year.
Thanks to these initiatives - for World Water Day 2019 and beyond - Nestlé Waters aims to "leave no one behind."