Water

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Using zero water withdrawal technology at the Nescafé Dolce Gusto factory in Montes Claros, Brazil.

We recognise that access to water is a universal human right. We are committed to being responsible stewards of this precious resource, which is why we seek continuous improvement in our sustainable withdrawal, use and treatment of water.

Our strategy

We aim to be responsible stewards of water, ensuring it is available and managed sustainably, protecting it through high-profile collaborations, treating the water we use as effectively as possible, supporting our supply chain in the use of water, educating communities on how to use water efficiently and improving access to water and sanitation.

Our stewardship activities are shaped by our Water Stewardship Master Plan. This plan has enabled us to define our water commitments, which are designed to mobilise local stakeholders to address shared challenges together. Our water stewardship activities are led by lighthouse projects, which demonstrate best-in-class performance and stimulate innovation.

We are in the process of taking water stewardship at Nestlé even further through our new corporate water strategy. The strategy will help secure more sustainable access to water, multiply water efficiency innovations and engage most of our stakeholders, including consumers and employees, making them water experts, in collective action to sustainably manage our shared water resources.

Caring for water: Our approach

Access to water is a universal human right. Water is a shared resource – and yet it is increasingly scarce. As a food and beverage company, water is key to our direct operations. We depend on water for our factories and for the preparation of our products. We also bottle water for a healthy hydration solution for our consumers. However, the global gap between water supply and demand is increasing, further exacerbated by climate change, with different regions affected by water surplus or scarcity. We are committed to being responsible stewards of this precious resource.

Collective action

Protecting California’s future

Together with 19 companies and environmental organisations, Nestlé became a founding member of the California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC). The coalition was set up as a working group for environmental organisations, food and beverage companies, non-profits, farmers and local water authorities, with the aim of supporting critical projects to support California’s water future.


Improving access to water in Africa

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) aims to provide equitable, affordable and sustainable solutions to improve the health and quality of life in vulnerable communities. Nestlé has partnered with the IFRC in Africa since 2002, increasingly focused on improving access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, most recently in the Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.


Our commitments