Twenty factories of the water division of the Nestlé Group will achieve Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) certification by 2020, the company announced. Nestle, which produces 49 water brands including S. Pellegrino and Perrier, is the world’s biggest bottled water company, operating 95 production facilities in 34 countries.The International Water Stewardship Standard (“AWS Standard”) is a framework for major water users to understand their water use and impacts, and to work collaboratively and transparently for sustainable water management within a catchment context. Certified sites’ progress against 30 Core AWS criteria is verified by credible, independent, third party certification bodies.
The Alliance itself is a global membership collaboration comprised of businesses, NGOs, public sector offices and sustainability stakeholders. It was launched in 2014 by industry leaders, public sector agencies, academic institutes, and environmental conservation groups such as The Nature Conservancy and WWF.
Nestle has already “certified” four Nestlé Waters bottling facilities in Sheikhupura, Pakistan, and three in California (Ontario, Sacramento and Livermore). A 25 October press release announced plans to certify additional sites in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the United States as part of its 2020 objective.
Adrian Sym, AWS CEO welcomed the announcement. “Nestlé Waters’ strategic commitment to implementing the AWS Standard sets an example, demonstrating the importance of water stewardship and the business benefits it can deliver”, said Sym. “Through our global membership, we will be calling on and supporting other major businesses to follow Nestlé Waters’ lead in making meaningful and independently verifiable contributions to our shared water challenges through implementation of the AWS Standard.”
Maurizio Patarnello, Nestlé Waters CEO: “Collaborating with AWS is a new step on our water stewardship journey which will allow us to further engage with local communities to secure the sustainability of the local water resources where we operate”.