As the world marks World Water Day, Nestlé Waters is proud to announce that four additional factories have received certification for meeting the rigorous criteria of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard – underlining our commitment to water stewardship.
Water: a vital shared resource
Water is the source of all life on Earth, vital for food production, nature preservation and, of course, human consumption. According to the 2009 “Charting our Water Future” Study from the 2030 Water Resources Group, the world should face a potential 40 percent gap between the supply of renewable fresh water and the demand for it. It is the responsibility of everyone working with water to do whatever they can to protect its quality and availability.
A very special day for a very special shared resource
World Water Day, organized by the United Nations on 22 March every year, focuses attention on the importance of water. The theme for 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. The UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 commits the world to ensuring everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets on protecting water-related ecosystems and reducing pollution.
Nestlé Waters is committed to being a good steward of the water resources we share with others. We follow the comprehensive and rigorous Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard to care for this precious resource for our communities, our business and future generations. As such we also contribute to global efforts to meet the challenge of SDG 6 to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. This is why we announced our commitment to implement the AWS Standard and achieve certification against the Standard for 20 factories around the world by 2020.
Today, World Water Day, we are proud to announce that four additional factories achieved AWS certification:
This is a big step along the way: these new certifications bring the total number of certified Nestlé Waters factories to eight, including all of our factories in California.
A demanding certification for a water-sensitive world
The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is a global network of businesses, public sector agencies, academic institutions and prominent NGOs (WWF, The Nature Conservancy…) which leads the way in responsible use of freshwater.
The AWS Standard was established in 2014. It is a global framework to align good practice to protect water supplies through better evidence gathering, management and reporting as well as positive action. It is based on the principle that nobody can manage water resources alone. By tackling local issues through global insights and expertise, we can work together for a better water future.
With its tough requirements for transparency and stakeholder engagement, we act and listen in our communities to make our expertise available for everyone’s benefit. The AWS Standard encourages us to be on top of our game in all aspects of responsible water resources management.
“Nestlé Waters’ strategic commitment to implementing the AWS Standard is a great example both of the importance of responsible water stewardship and the business benefits it can bring. We are encouraging and supporting other major businesses in following their lead in adopting the Standard so we can address our shared water challenges together and create a sustainable future for water supplies around the world.”
Adrian Sym, CEO, Alliance for Water Stewardship
In order to be AWS certified, a plant must show detailed analysis of water-related data in its catchment area, including tracking indirect water use in the supply chain and showing the site’s contribution to the local groundwater system, water balance and quality. There must also be local water education initiatives and the encouragement of positive water stewardship.
Adopting the AWS Standard means we match ever more demanding stakeholder expectations. It gives us an important goal: to make our use of water ever more efficient and protect water supplies as we create value for our communities, employees and consumers.
It is a tough challenge. But it is vital that we succeed.