Caring for Water

Logo Caring of Water

We have always tried to be good water stewards, and water has been a key focus of our Creating Shared Value (CSV) strategy. We realize that in order to help tackle water stress in Pakistan, we need to work beyond our factory gates and take collective action. Taking that approach, we have forged partnerships with various actors working on the issue of water. The Caring for Water-Pakistan, unveiled in October 2017, is a consolidation of such partnerships. It is a blueprint for bringing different partners together to discuss what everyone is working on, invite feedback on how to improve what we are already doing and to brainstorm what more to work on. The initiative has three pillars; Manufacturing, Communities and Agriculture.

Manufacturing, Communities and Agriculture  

Collective action approach by Nestlé Pakistan

 

PARTNERS

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WWF-Pakistan

WWF-Pakistan is the implementing partner of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard in our Sheikhupura Factory. We continue to work with them for the AWS Certification in Islamabad, Kabirwala and Port Qasim factories.

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Punjab Agriculture Department

We are working with the Agriculture Department in Punjab to promote drip irrigation in order to encourage farmers to adopt the high-efficiency irrigation technique.

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Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

The scope of our partnership with Center for Water Informatics and Technology (WIT), LUMS is to work on developing and scaling up technologies that can help save water in agriculture.

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Sustainable Development Policy Institute

We have partnered with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) with an aim to engage an array of stakeholders including parliamentarians, government officials, civil society and the academia in order to generate awareness and enhance the dialogue around water issues.

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Pakistan Agriculture Research Council

We have partnered with the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) in terms of installing a High Efficiency Irrigation System (HEIS) on 6-acre crop sites to serve as training sites for farmers from around the country.

 

MANUFACTURING

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  1. In-house Efficiencies Our program to improve efficiencies, recycle and reuse water has enabled us to reduce water consumption per ton of product by 11% between 2013 and 2017. Nestlé Pakistan’s Sheikhupura Factory is working on an innovative technology that enables us to extract water from fresh milk instead of drawing on an outside supply. By doing so, we have recovered more than 24,231 m3 or 24,231,000 liters water from milk in 2018 so far. Nestlé Pakistan also treats the wastewater resulting from our industrial processes, and only discharges treated water that meets the standards set by the environment authorities.

  2. Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Certification The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard is an international standard, which guides companies and organizations on how to improve their water efficiency, not just onsite, but also offsite. Nestlé Pakistan’s Sheikhupura Factory became the first Pakistani site, with the help of WWF Pakistan, and the first Nestlé site worldwide to be awarded the AWS Certification. Our Islamabad Factory has also been AWS certified in 2018. We aim to get all our remaining sites in Punjab and Sindh certified with AWS by the end of 2019.

  3. WASH Pledge Nestlé Pakistan has committed to undertaking the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Pledge as part of which companies commit to implementing access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene at the workplace at an appropriate level of standard for all employees in all premises under their control. All of our four factories and other sites meet the WASH Pledge requirements, covering more than 4,500 employees.

COMMUNITIES

Communities
  1. Safe and Clean Drinking Water Facilities We have established 6 Drinking Water Facilities providing access to clean and safe water to more than 60,000 people every day. Nestlé has also taken the responsibility of maintaining these plants with strict quality control and checks and balances in place. We aim to add another such facility in 2018.

  2. Water Education Through our different water education projects, we educate hundreds of teachers and children every year about the importance and responsible use of water. Under the Project Water Education for Teachers (WET) alone, 350 teachers and 76,000 children have been trained so far.

AGRICULTURE

Agriculture
  1. Drip Irrigation Nestlé Pakistan has partnered with the Agriculture Department, Government of Punjab to encourage local farmers to take up drip irrigation. We cover 40% of the farmer’s cost of putting up equipment for drip irrigation, while the Punjab government covers 60% of the expense through a World Bank program. We have installed drip irrigation on 68 acres as of 2017, with an estimated water saving of 140 mio liters; these farms are located in various parts of Punjab. In 2018, we aim to install drip on 50 acres with an expected water saving of 120 mio liter. We aim to install drip irrigation on 168 acres by 2019, leading to 400 mio liters water saving. Nestlé Pakistan is also working with the Pakistan Agriculture and Research Council (PARC) on a high efficiency irrigation system on a 6-acre crop site. This site showcases the best farm practices for farmers from across Pakistan.

  2. Water Sense Project Our team has developed smart soil moisture sensors that read the moisture level of the soil and send regular data updates to a cloud from where the farmer receives information about which areas they should irrigate and how much. Moreover, a software has been developed with the help of the Center for Water Informatics and Technology (WIT), LUMS and Waziup (an organization based in Italy) that enables the farmers and researchers to see the soil moisture level remotely on their computer screens.

  3. Water Efficient Fodder To help save more water, fodder is being grown with furrows, followed by drip irrigation. Perennial fodders have been worked upon and its share is being increased gradually in overall fodder production. We have increased the acreage of perennial fodder from 1,700 acres in 2016 to 2,100 acres in 2017. It is estimated to save more than 2 mio cubic meters water in its three years’ life time.