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Creating shared value

For society

By protecting shared water resources today, we ensure they are safeguarded for future generations.

For our business

Protecting resources helps us build a more resilient business.

Why it matters

Water is key to all life. Protecting it is a joint endeavor and one that we recognize we have a responsibility to advance. 

As the climate changes, so does the global availability of clean, safe water. The impacts are apparent at a local level, with those in vulnerable societies feeling it most. This includes many of the farmers who grow the ingredients for our products. 

We are passionate about protecting water – and about supporting farmers to use this precious resource as efficiently as possible. 

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Demonstrating our commitment 

We knew when we set out our water commitments that they had to be ambitious. We are proud to have achieved significant progress in five years: from dramatically reducing our water footprint to working with dedicated partners to tackle some of the world’s most pressing water issues.

Caring for water is about more than simply using less. It is also about making sure vulnerable people have access to clean water and proper sanitation. We are uncompromising in our commitment to launch and support more local water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs every year. 

Nestlé’s support for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) WASH projects in ESAR (East and Southern Africa Region) came at a crucial time. COVID-19 risk prevention measures require increased WASH access more than ever before to improve sanitation and enhance hygiene practices such as handwashing and availability of safe drinking water. I am proud that we have supported over 8000 households in Kenya with these provisions, strengthening the capacity of community health volunteers, and engaging communities in ongoing sanitation and hygiene sensitization and awareness campaigns.

Judy Mwangi Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé East and Southern Africa


Our contribution to the UN SDGs

Our work on caring for water contributes to the following SDGs:

3, 6, 9, 12, 14, 17

How we map our material issues to the UN SDGs.