At Nestlé Waters, we firmly believe that proactive, long-term commitments and partnerships with all relevant stakeholders are needed to define, implement and evaluate solutions to the complex challenges involved in managing a shared resource such as water. The interrelations between water, environment, agriculture, and community has never been clearer. We are just one of the players within a larger community. This leads us to develop a long-term vision of both our operations and the communities where we work.
From water to biogas
The Eco-Broye project is an example of an ongoing initiative that continues to create value for the local community, the environment, and Nestlé Waters. Started in 2009 as an initiative to coordinate efforts to preserve the natural resources of Henniez (Switzerland) and its region, it has been transformed and extended to the realm of renewable energies.
The project originally focused on preserving the quality of the water source from intensive agricultural activities, and on protecting the biodiversity of the area surrounding the Henniez water bottling plant. As of June 2016, with the inauguration of the Trois-Cantons biogas plant, the largest of its kind in Switzerland, the project further aligns with the canton’s energy policy. Nestlé Waters, which financed the feasibility studies, sought partners, and ensured coordination, and Groupe E Greenwatt, the plant builder and operator, worked for more than a year on this inclusive development project that involves local farmers, the biogas producer, and Nestlé Waters.
First, 25,000 tons of agricultural fertilizer from local farms, plus 3,800 tons of coffee grounds generated by the nearby Nespresso and Nescafé plants, are collected each year and used as raw material to produce biogas. By burning the gas in a cogeneration engine, the plant produces 4 million kWh of electricity and 4.5 million kWh of heat. The heat is used in the Henniez bottling plant – instead of heat formerly generated by fossil fuels – while the electricity generated supplies around 1000 households. The residual material is a high-quality natural fertilizer that goes back to the partner farms. The fertilizer has high nutritive value, is better assimilated by plants than mineral fertilizers, and meets the criteria of most organic food certifications.
This new phase in the Eco-Broye project illustrates how a long-term project benefits not only the partners involved, but also the greater community and the planet. By replacing fossil fuels with fertilizer and organic waste products, the local soil and farm produce are healthier, and the biogas plant avoids releasing 1,750 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere annually.
Investing in YOUth
According to International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates, two out of every five young people are either unemployed or have a job that keeps them in a state of poverty. At Nestlé, we believe that communities cannot thrive unless they can offer a future to their younger generations. And as a major global employer, we believe we can make a difference. Thus, on September 18, 2017, at the United Nations General Assembly week in New York, Nestlé announced that its global youth initiative, Nestlé needs YOUth, will be extended across all its operations. The goal: to give 10 million young people around the world access to job opportunities by 2030.
Investing in young people is key to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Nestlé is committed to helping equip today’s youth with the skills they will need in tomorrow’s workplace. In 2017, we created 30,157 job opportunities and offered 11,710 apprenticeships and traineeships to people under the age of 30.
Did you know?
16.7 per cent of working youth in emerging and developing economies live below the extreme poverty threshold of US$1.90 per day.