Nestlé unequivocally supports the human right to water and sanitation as adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations Human Rights Council. At Nestlé Waters, we strive to provide access to safe drinking water for the populations in the local communities where it matters.
At the workplace
Nestlé is a founding member of the WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) Pledge for Access to safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at the workplace, and was one of the first companies to join the initiative, which will help 2.7 million employees secure access to water and sanitation. In 2017, 91% of Nestlé’s employees had access to WASH services at work, and we remain committed to achieving 100% as we continue to conduct self-assessments across our facilities, identifying and correcting gaps through action plans.
Outside our factories
Ensuring that all our employees have access to WASH is a positive step, but it’s not enough. Everyone has the right to access WASH services, yet it remains a significant challenge in many countries. If we wish to develop strong, lasting ties and build trust with our communities and stakeholders, we must be attune to the basic water needs of the local populations.
WASH helps to reduce mortality and morbidity, strengthens community resilience and preserves personal dignity. As a major global company, we believe we have a role to play in expanding access to clean water and sanitation. To date, 722,379 people around the world benefit from WASH programmes supported by Nestlé.
Community water facility for a nigerian village
Nestlé Waters operates a “Nestlé Pure Life” water processing plant near the village of Maderegi, in Nigeria. Water shortages have long been a part of the life of this village. In December 2015, we decided to build a community water facility for its 1,000 inhabitants. By providing free access to safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation will be improved, lowering the risk of diarrhoea, respiratory infections and other diseases.
“The people of Maderegi have suffered from a lack of water. Today with this facility that Nestlé has given to this village, the problem of clean water will be a thing of the past,” according to Honourable Abdulraham Ajiya, Chairman of the Abaji Area Council.
Jordanian town gets a water well
Jordan is one of the most water scarce countries in the world. In the town of Husseinieh, where Nestle Waters operates its Ghadeer bottled mineral water facility, there is a growing demand for clean, accessible drinking water among the estimated population of 25,000. The Ministry of Water has drilled wells there in the past, but demand continues to grow as the population expands.
In a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Ministry of Water, Nestlé Waters has drilled and donated a new well to the town. The well, which is located some 2 km from our facility, is built according to the highest standards. Officially inaugurated in May 2017, it operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. "This is a true partnership between Nestlé and the local community, and a strong collaboration with the Ministry of Water," said Abdalla Thnoibat, a town stakeholder.
Nestlé Waters also shares its geophysical mapping expertise with the Ministry of Water to help locate the best areas for drilling new wells.
Since 1990, 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water and today, 91% of the world’s population drink clean water.