Our waters business aims to lead the regeneration of the water cycle to help create a positive water impact everywhere it operates by 2025.
We want to expand our current efforts to manage water sustainably beyond our own water operations and increase our collaboration with partners to identify and support local solutions. Our aim is to develop more than 100 projects to help nature retain more water than our bottled-water business uses.
Our key actions toward creating a positive water impact
Nestlé Waters wants to play an active role in helping to conserve water resources everywhere we operate. To do so, we will work with partners at a local level to develop tailored solutions.
We use a robust approach built on five steps: saving water, protecting the quality of natural water sources and catchment, sharing our knowledge, contributing to communities and certifying our of all sites to the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard by 2025.
Helping regenerate water cycles
By 2025, we aim to use our expertise to help advance the regeneration of local water cycles by implementing more than 100 projects around our 48 global waters sites, supported by a CHF 120 million investment. From 2025 onwards, these projects should help the natural habitats retain more water than our bottled-water business uses.
The projects will support:
- Reforestation efforts to help prevent run-off
- Wetland restoration and rainwater harvesting
- Drip irrigation to reduce water withdrawals.
Our work is tailored to the needs and issues of individual locations and extends beyond our own operations. Nestlé works with local water users, communities, partners and global experts to identify, develop and progress projects specific to these areas.
All our projects are measurable, using the World Resources Institute's Volumetric Water Benefit Accounting methodology. This provides consistency in analyzing water management activities and helps to ensure that such activities address current and future shared water needs and issues.
Collaborating to solve the challenge
Water is a shared resource, so caring for it must be done through collaborative actions. Through partnerships in the locations where we operate, we can make a difference to inspire regenerative water approaches.
To review the relevance and sustainability of our Nestlé Waters’ projects, we have established an external panel of non-governmental organizations and academic bodies, including representatives from The Nature Conservancy, the Global World Challenge and the CEO Water Mandate. We will continue to provide this panel with full transparency on our water usage at each of our sites and on what our projects aim to contribute.