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Award committee recognizes Nestlé’s work to improve water management of suppliers
Nestlé received the Stockholm Industry Water Award this week for its leadership and performance in improving water management in its internal operations and throughout its supply chain.
The award committee recognized Nestlé’s work to improve the water management of its suppliers, which includes more than 25 million people involved in its entire value chain. “(Nestlé) is providing an example for other food producers and distributors to follow. With agriculture accounting for nearly 70% of global water use, and food demand expected to double by 2050, companies have an increasing responsibility to improve food chain resource efficiency,” said Director of Water Projects at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and award committee member Joppe Cramwinckel.
The honorary award was presented to the chairman of Nestlé SA, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, at a ceremony Aug. 24 at the World Water Week in Stockholm. “I am most grateful for this recognition. We have identified water as the biggest challenge for future food security, and beyond that, for economic growth. This is probably the most prestigious award in this area for a company,” he said earlier.
Nestlé is the largest food and nutrition company in the world, employing around 280,000 people in more than 80 countries. Over the past decade, Nestlé has reduced total water withdrawals by more than 30%, more than doubled the water efficiency of its internal operations, and made significant reductions in the quantity of wastewater discharged into the environment.