Sep 1, 2013, updated September 2013
We use water in all our factories around the world, and providing a sustainable supply of water for them is an important priority. We recognise that this critical natural resource must be used efficiently at our factories and distribution centres, measuring the amount of water we use and monitoring its quality upon return to the local watershed. We have set robust water efficiency targets up to 2015, which continue to drive improvement programmes across all of our operational sites.
Nestlé Philippines grows around 2.5 million coffee plantlets every year at its three seedling centres: The Lipa Integrated Coffee Center in Luzon Island (one of our newest facilities); The Nestlé Coffee Plantlet Production and Training Center; and in collaboration with the Philippine Department of Agriculture, we also manage the Coffee Plantlet Facility at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Research Center in Bukidnon Province.
In 2013, an assessment was undertaken of all three facilities to determine how Nestlé’s principles for good water management are being converted into practice, seeking evidence of water use measurement, wastewater for irrigation, use of alternative water sources (rainwater harvesting) , soil moisture management (mulching, cover crops) and scheduled irrigation. The survey revealed that many positive efficiency and conservation measures are being employed at the different sites, including:
- Plastic used as mulch and coverings to retain soil moisture
- Contour farming to prevent water run-off and reduce soil erosion
- Other crops in between rows, to conserve soil moisture and maximise land productivity
- Water impounding ponds used to catch rain water
- Check dams to reduce water and soil run-off
- Sprinklers to control the release of water and
- Water meters
Value to Society
At these seedling centres, farmers are also trained on the best available coffee farming technologies, including ways to more efficiently water their crops.
Value to Nestlé
Moving forward, more water conservation initiatives will be implemented in all three facilities, as we seek to promote water conservation at catchment level for other surrounding facilities.