Access to water, sanitation and hygiene

On commitment: Raise awareness on water conservation, and improve access to water and sanitation across our value chain



Our commitment: Raise awareness on water conservation and improve access to water and sanitation across our value chain

Raising awareness and improving WASH services

As well as being a basic human right, safe water, access to sanitation and hygiene (WASH) reduces mortality and morbidity, strengthens community resilience and preserves personal dignity.

Businesses, working with expert partners, have a role to play in helping more people gain access to WASH services.

Progress against our objectives


Our objectives Our results

By 2017: Implement all corrective action plans derived from the global roll-out of the WBCSD WASH Pledge self-assessment for safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the workplace at Nestlé premises.

By 2020: Implement detailed guidelines on human rights to water and sanitation due diligence in all Nestlé markets and key agricultural supply chains.

By 2020: Ensure 600 000 beneficiaries in local communities have access to water, sanitation or hygiene projects around our manufacturing facilities and key agricultural supply chains.

Over 90% of employees have confirmed access to WASH and we estimate reaching almost 100%. We are committed to achieving and maintaining WASH for all our employees and remain in the process of continuing self-assessments across our facilities, identifying and correcting gaps through our action plans.

Started to implement the Nestlé Guidelines on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation in high-risk markets.

722 379 people around the world benefiting from our WASH programmes to date.

316 274 people in local communities given access to clean water and sanitation through our partnership with the IFRC since 2005.