Access and conservation

Our commitment: Raise awareness on water conservation, and improve access to water and sanitation across our value chain

Our commitment: Raise awareness on water conservation and improve access to water and sanitation across our value chain

Access to clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right yet, according to the UN, 663 million people still have no access to improved drinking water sources and 2.4 billion lack adequate sanitation. We work with expert partners to provide water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, promoting safe hygiene practices, strengthen communities and preserve personal dignity. We also raise awareness of water conservation issues by supporting Project WET programmes and celebrating World Water Day.

Our objectives

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

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

By 2017 : Implement all corrective action plans derived from the global roll-out of the WBCSD WASH Pledge self-assessment for safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the workplace at Nestlé premises.

Our progress

To ensure all Nestlé employees have access to WASH services in the workplace, we rolled out the WBCSD’s self-assessment tool, and will take any necessary corrective action to meet the terms of the WASH Pledge by 2017.

Number of beneficiaries gaining access to water, sanitation and hygiene

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Year 2013 2014 2015
Number 300 000 400 000 440 000

Through our partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), we support projects that improve access to WASH facilities in the cocoa-growing regions of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. We met our 2016 target early and will set a new objective next year.

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