Does Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe believe that water is a human right?

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WATCH: Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe shares his view on water as a human right.

Of course. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe thinks water is a human right. He has reiterated this position in dozens of interviews and statements over the years, some examples are below.

He says the water we need for drinking and basic hygiene is a human right. However he does not believe it is fair that some people in the world still do not have access to a clean, safe supply when others can use excess amounts for non-essential purposes, without bearing a cost for its infrastructure.

Our Chairman is trying to raise awareness about the issue of water scarcity. He believes that unless this issue is taken seriously around the globe, we will run out of safe, clean water before we run out of oil. 

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WATCH: Does Nestlé believe access to water is a human right? Yes, we do.

People are using a video interview Mr Brabeck gave in 2005 to argue that he thinks water should be privatised.  This is not the case. He is not in favour of privatization, but is advocating more efficient water management by individuals, industry, agriculture and governments. He makes this clear in an interview given to the Guardian newspaper in February 2013.

He made a similar point in the Huffington Post in 2012 and when speaking to students at the Harvard Kennedy Business School in 2010.

We make clear our commitment to the human right to water in our Commitment on Water Stewardship (pdf, 79 kb)

You can read Mr Brabeck’s personal views on this issue on his blog: Water Challenge

Read more Read more about Nestlé’s efforts in water management

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