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Nestlé in society
Creating Shared Value
We have run 489 water‑saving projects
in our factories saving 6.5 million m
Water in our supply chain
The biggest water use is not in our
production operations but in the
agricultural supply chain, so suppliers
have a key role to play. We’re working
with farmers and other suppliers to
prioritise water efficiency through the
Sustainable Agriculture Initiative at
Nestlé (SAIN) and ran projects focused
on water in several countries, including
Australia, China, India, Nicaragua,
Venezuela and Vietnam, in 2012. We’re
identifying which of our supply chain
partners operate in water‑stressed areas
so we can focus our efforts better.
We’ve also incorporated water
guidelines into our Responsible
Sourcing Guidelines work, notably
on sugar, but also on pulp and paper.
Community engagement
We share water supplies with
neighbouring communities and rely on
them for our raw materials and in our
operations. Engaging with them to
address water issues also supports our
CSV objectives by mutually benefiting
Nestlé and the communities in which
our farmers, suppliers and consumers
live. Since 2007, we’ve worked with the
International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies and the Red
Cross Society of Côte d’Ivoire, to provide
water and sanitation facilities and
hygiene training in Côte d’Ivoire to
100000 people.
We’ve also launched 217 clean
drinking water projects in the South
Asia region, helping to improving access
and sanitation for more than
100000 school children in village
schools across several countries.
In France, Nestlé Waters is
celebrating the 20th anniversary
of a successful environmental
initiative that protects the natural
sources of three of its most
popular mineral water brands.
Nestlé helped to launch the
“Agrivair” project back in 1992,
to preserve the quality of the
springs in the Vosges water basin.
Working diligently and in
collaboration with the French
National Institute for Agricultural
Research and many other
specialists – including historians,
sociologists, economists,
agronomists, animal technicians
and hydrogeologists – our
colleagues in France have
helped to make Agrivair one
of the world’s largest private
protected areas.
Across 10000 hectares of
protected land, farmers have
stopped using all artificial
fertilisation and pesticides,
abandoned crops that create
nitrogen pollution and introduced
crop rotation systems to improve
soil conditions.
With plans for future action
to support biodiversity, including
systematic tree planting and
the reshaping of a river, Agrivair
has provided Nestlé and
others with a valuable model
for watershed conservation.
water issues at
a local level
Agrivair employee
Olivier Petitjean and
Nestlé Waters
Christophe Boursier
taking a water
sample near Vittel,
France (top).
Agrivair employee
Olivier Petitjean
visiting farmers
near Vittel, France,
to discuss farming
methods that avoid
polluting ground
water (bottom).