Nestlé today was officially crowned as the winner of the 2011 Stockholm Industry Water Award at World Water Week 2011.
The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) – organisers of the annual seven-day event in the capital city of Sweden – awarded the prestigious prize to Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Nestlé Chairman, who received the award on behalf of the Company.
Recognising Nestlé for its leadership, performance and efforts to improve the water management in its supply chain, the honour also acknowledges the Company’s efficient operations and its work with suppliers, particularly farmers.
“To care for water is to care for life”
Mr Brabeck-Letmathe – who accepted the award from Dr David Garman, Chairman of the International Water Association (IWA) and member of the Stockholm Industry Water Award Jury – hailed the prize as a prestigious honour.
He said: “Over the last couple of years, we have worked relentlessly to achieve better recognition of the importance of water as the most valuable natural resource. We have also been striving to use it more efficiently in our daily endeavours to bring good nutrition from farm to fork.”
He added: “The Award that has been bestowed to Nestlé this year, is not only a great honour, but also a call for all of us to reinforce our commitment with water and continue our fight to achieve the right place for water in our society. To care for water is to care for life.”
Peter Forssman, Chairman of the Stockholm Water Foundation; and Lars Gunnarsson, Chairman of the Award Nominating Committee; both praised Nestlé on its award win and highlighted the importance of the role of businesses on tackling water issues.
RECOGNISING INNOVATION AND LEADERSHIP: Peter Brabeck-Letmathe (left), receiving the award from Peter Forssman, Chairman of the Stockholm Water Foundation
Recognising innovation and leadership
The Stockholm Industry Water Award – administered by the SIWI – recognises and encourages innovation and leadership in sustainable development of the water sector.
Awarded to any sector of business and industry that improves the global water situation, the award was established in 2000 in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
An independent award committee, comprising of leading academics in water sciences, reviews all submissions and selects the winner following an open nomination process.
World Water Week 2011
World Water Week 2011 – which takes place until Saturday, August 27 – acts as the annual focal point for the planet’s most urgent water-related issues since 1991.
Aiming to provide a unique forum for experts, practitioners, decision-makers and leaders from around the globe to exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions, the theme for this year is Water in an Urbanising World.
Under the theme, topics include rapid urbanisation, competition for water, and global and governmental challenges.
World Water Week
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Award ceremony: Flickr photostream
Nestlé awarded with prestigious Stockholm Industry Water Award
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe's acceptance speech (pdf, 147 Kb)