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Company recognized for leadership in improving supply chain water management
Nestlé was named the winner of the Stockholm Industry Water Award for its leadership and performance to improve water management in its internal operations and throughout its supply chain.
The award committee also recognized Nestlé’s work to improve the water management of its suppliers, which includes more than 25 million people who are involved in its entire value chain. Nestlé employs 1,000 agronomists and water experts, who work directly with farmers to help them reduce their water requirements, increase crop yields and minimize pollution. In 2009 and 2010, Nestlé provided expert training and technical support for 300,000 farmers, and the company continues to collaborate with other food industry leaders to establish best practices and guidelines for sustainable water use at a farm level. Nestlé also has a leading role in the 2030 Water Resources Group.
“Through its unwavering commitment, Nestlé has established itself as a leader in smart water management and is deserving of this prestigious award. It is providing an example for other food producers and distributors to follow,” said Joppe Cramwinckle, award committee member and director of water projects at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. “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.”
The honorary award will be presented to the chairman of Nestlé SA, P. Brabeck-Letmathe, at a ceremony on Aug. 24 during the 2011 World Water Week in Stockholm. When receiving the news, he said, “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 – and it will be a strong encouragement for us to continue with our efforts.”
Nestlé is the largest food and nutrition company in the world, employing approximately 280,000 people in more than 100 countries. In the past decade, Nestlé has reduced its 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.