Our commitment: Engage with suppliers, especially those in agriculture
Water is a shared resource requiring careful stewardship by all stakeholders but, as agriculture is responsible for 70% of global water withdrawals, helping farmers to manage and conserve water can have a significant positive impact. We work directly with 760 000 farmers, providing training on topics such as water use, irrigation and retaining soil moisture, while our R&D teams support the selection and propagation of drought-resistant cocoa and coffee trees.
By 2015: Define and start to implement action plans to save water in our upstream supply chain for coffee, sugar, rice and cereals in high-priority locations.
By 2020: Implement all action plans defined for improved water management in our upstream supply chain for coffee, sugar, dairy and cereals in high-priority locations.
By the end of 2015, we had met our objective to define, set up and start to implement action plans to save water in our upstream supply chains. Through our Sustainable Agriculture Initiative at Nestlé (SAIN) programme, Nestlé Pakistan collaborated with the University of Agriculture in Faisalabad to trial the direct seeding of rice. With water use halved and arsenic residues from contaminated well water down by over 65%, further trials across the Punjab are planned. We also helped dairy farmers in Panama to collect spring water so that pastures could be watered and cattle milked even during the dry season.
To maintain improvements in water management in our supply chains for coffee, sugar, dairy and cereals in high-priority locations, we set a new objective for 2020, and will report on progress next year.