At Nestlé, we act on climate change by further reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions along our value chain, in line with science-based targets. Reducing waste is a priority: we reuse and recycle wherever
possible. We strengthen our supply chain by helping the farmers we work with to adopt sustainable practices. Water, identified as a CSV focus area, is also at the heart of our actions and we continue to reduce withdrawals of water per tonne of product
and help increase access to safe water and sanitation.
Indeed, water is one of the areas next to nutrition and rural development, with greatest intersection between Nestlé’s business and society.
At Nestlé, we care for water and focus our efforts and resources in four key areas where it matters:
- In our factories, continuously improving water use efficiency;
- In watersheds, working with partners to protect shared water resources;
- Across our agricultural supply chain, where water challenges are putting the sourcing of our raw materials at risk; and
- In the communities where we are present, to widen access to clean water and sanitation.
We continue to invest in our factories to comply with local regulation and where it is imperative to decrease our water dependency. But to achieve sustainable water resources management, we also seek collaborative efforts outside our factory gates. This
method has demonstrated a greater return on investment, for the resilience of our business and for the benefit of local stakeholders living in the catchments where we operate.
Our approach involves a three-step roadmap: compliance, excellence in water resources management and collective action (see below).