Access and conservation

   
Our commitment:
Raise awareness of water access and conservation

Our objectives

Providing cleandrinking water facilities in Sri Lanka
Access to water: Providing clean drinking water facilities in Sri Lanka.

By 2015 – Every Nestlé employee has access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene at the workplace of an appropriate standard.

By 2016 – 350 000 beneficiaries in local communities have access to water, sanitation or hygiene projects around our manufacturing facilities and in Farmer Connect areas.

Our progress

Currently, over 300 000 beneficiaries are reached by water, sanitation and hygiene projects around our manufacturing facilities. In 2013, Nestlé became one of the first signatories of WBCSD’s pledge that commits businesses to upholding the human right to water and sanitation within their operations. Project WET, a global water education programme sponsored by Nestlé, has reached out to hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries in 66 countries.

If farmers, energy companies, other industry and consumers continue the way they are using water today, we should expect global shortfalls in cereal production due to water shortage in the order of 30% by 2025. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman

Our perspective

The WHO estimates that every person needs 50 to 100 litres of fresh water per day to ensure that our basic daily needs are met and few health concerns arise, but in 2013, around 783 million people remained without access to clean water. We must ensure our operations do not compromise the right to water of local communities, provide access to clean water and sanitation to employees, and assist in the provision of clean water and improved sanitation to priority communities adjacent to selected factories and locations, where Nestlé sources agricultural commodities.


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Notes:

Access to water statistic from the United Nations Millenium Development Goals Report 2012