Our commitment: Work to achieve water efficiency and sustainability across our operations
Water is vital for our operations: for washing and processing raw materials, for cooling and cleaning equipment, for hygiene, and for our bottled water business. But with 700 million people in 43 countries experiencing water scarcity, we continue to reduce, reuse and recycle water across our business through water-saving projects and the introduction of innovations such as our zero water withdrawal technology.
By 2015: Reduce direct water withdrawals per tonne of product in every product category to achieve an overall reduction of 40% versus 2005.
By 2015: Establish and implement detailed guidelines on human rights to water and sanitation due diligence.
By 2016: Define water stewardship initiatives and start implementation in five high-priority locations.
By 2016: Implement water savings projects in 100% of high-priority manufacturing facilities.
By 2016: Carry out 45 new Water Resource Reviews in selected manufacturing facilities, and all greenfield sites.
By 2020: Reduce direct water withdrawals per tonne of product in every product category to achieve an overall reduction of 35% versus 2010.
By 2020: Implement detailed guidelines on human rights to water and sanitation due diligence in all Nestlé markets.
Reduction in direct water withdrawal per tonne of product versus 2005 (%)
In 2015, we reduced direct water withdrawals per tonne of product in every product category. With our factories withdrawing 41.2% less water per tonne of product than they did 10 years ago, we have met our 2015 objective and have now set a new target for 2020. We also recycled or reused 7.7 million m3 of water in our operations in 2015.
Our updated list identifies 28 high-priority factories located in areas of severe water stress or that represent a significant portion of our annual water withdrawals. Our ambition is to implement water savings at these sites. By the end of 2015, we had implemented projects at 16 (57%) of them.
Exemplifying our commitment, we have introduced zero water technology at our dairy factory in Jalisco, Mexico. This system reuses water vapour from the milk instead of withdrawing groundwater, saving around 1.6 million litres of water a day. The technology earned Nestlé the Corporate Water Stewardship Award at the 2015 Global Water Awards and will be replicated at other dairy factories in the United States, South Africa, India, Pakistan and China.
To help us assess our sites to ensure the responsible and sustainable use of local water resources, especially in light of their potential impact on local ecosystems and the right to water and sanitation of local communities, we conducted 15 Water Resource Reviews in 2015. This brings the total to 148 since we introduced the process in 2006.
Building on guidance from the CEO Water Mandate, we also finalised our Nestlé Guidelines Respecting the Human Right to Water and Sanitation, and will report on its roll-out and implementation next year.