Nestlé Pakistan believes in maintaining a close relationship with the communities it works with. As a part of our Community Engagement Program and to have a better understanding of the challenges faced by the communities living around our factories, we arranges meetings with community elders and representatives on a regular basis. The inputs during these meetings help us understand community needs and expectations from Nestlé Pakistan. We also jointly organizes and supports key social and cultural events around our operational sites. As part of our community engagement plan, the company has constructed new schools along with refurbishment of other government schools. We have also constructed a Vocational Training Centre where the Punjab Vocational Training Council is providing sewing and stitching training to women. Till date more nearly 90 women form the surrounding communities around our Kabirwala factory, have completed the training program and received certification from Punjab Vocational Training Council. Majority of these women have started their own businesses working as small entrepreneurs.
Access to potable water is a challenge in our country. To cater this issue and to meet the potable water needs of the communities living around our operational areas, and as a part of our Community Engagement Program to support local communities, we have established clean drinking water facilities near its operational sites. These facilities provide clean drinking water to more than 60,000 people every day.
We have also constructed new schools in the communities surrounding our operational sites and also have refurbished existing schools with the provision of extra classroom blocks, wash rooms and hand cleaning facilities in these schools.
Furthermore, we have also provides support to tehsil and district governments for construction and refurbishment of public sector projects which can be beneficial to the communities at large.