Water policies and stewardship

Our commitment: Advocate for effective water policies and stewardship



Our commitment: Advocate for effective water policies and stewardship

Water is a shared resource. We are best placed to protect it when we work together with all stakeholders. That is why we engage in high-profile advocacy initiatives so that we can have a positive impact on global water issues.

Our objectives in 2016

By 2016: Continue to build the 2030 Water Resources Group Public-Private Partnership by adding two more countries per year, and further develop and publicise the Global Catalogue on Good Practices.

By 2016: Support the launch of the CEO Water Mandate Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation, and pilot-test the Guidance in our water due diligence in selected markets.

By 2016: Support the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to achieve 50 signatories of the WASH Pledge.

By 2016: Initiate the roll-out process of the Alliance for Water Stewardship’s (AWS) International Water Stewardship Standard by implementing it in at least five locations.

By 2016: Work with the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform) and the Sustainable Food Lab (SFL) to implement the Water Risk Assessment and Mitigation collaboration initiative in at least one sourcing area of agricultural raw materials.

Our progress to date

We currently chair the 2030 Water Resources Group, a public-private-civil society collaboration that aims to address supply and demand issues in water-stressed locations by 2030.

We support the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) pledge to achieve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for all employees. To ensure compliance with the WASH Pledge, we continuously self-assess our facilities, identifying and correcting gaps through action plans. To date, 43 signatories have adopted the WASH Pledge, securing access to water and sanitation for 2.5 million employees. We also supported the WBCSD in its aim to reach 50 Pledge signatories by 2016.

In 2016, together with 19 companies and environmental organisations, Nestlé became a founding member of the California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC), a platform for stakeholders to work together on projects designed to improve water security in California for people, business, agriculture and nature. We are involved in two CWAC projects to determine how large-scale restoration can improve water supplies, and a collaboration to identify where the private sector can support the measurement, management and stewardship required.

Our objectives towards 2020

By 2017: Support the World Resources Institute (WRI) in the development of an open-source valuation methodology to determine the ‘Sustainable Cost of Water’.

By 2020: Continue to build the 2030 Water Resources Group Public-Private Partnership by adding one more country per year.

By 2020: Actively support the development of CEO Water Mandate local networks in at least three Nestlé markets.

By 2020: Continue supporting the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard by implementing it in five new locations.

By 2020: Apply the new Farm and Catchment Level Assessment tool prepared by the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform) in at least five agricultural supply sourcing locations.


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