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Role of local communities integral to sustainable water practices: Nestlé Waters CEO

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Nestlé SA General Manager and Nestlé Waters Global CEO, Marco Settembri, is currently visiting Pakistan. He met community elders from Bhatti Dhilwan village after inaugurating a clean drinking water facility in the community located next to the Nestlé Sheikhupura factory.

At least 5,000 people belonging to neighbouring areas will have access to clean drinking water on a daily basis from the facility.

Mr Settembri said, "It is imperative that we close the gap between supply and demand of safe fresh water if we are to thrive as businesses, communities or countries. We have pledged globally to water stewardship in an effort to adopt sustainable water practices, especially in areas where we operate, source our goods and where our suppliers and consumers live. Local communities play a very important role in achieving this objective."

Water is essential for human survival and cannot be replaced. Responsible water stewardship is critical for all of us. Nestlé is committed to developing its business in a way that facilitates effective water stewardship. The company has been continuously improving water efficiency in its operations and through innovative programmes with suppliers, especially farmers.

"To eliminate the risk of water shortage, we will need long term, meaningful and collective action. Nestlé Pakistan, between 2003 and 2013 alone, improved water efficiency in its operations by 22%. The company also ensures treatment of wastewater before releasing it back into the ecosystem. But we realise that as a responsible water steward we need to take on board and educate other stakeholders," said Bruno Olierhoek, the Managing Director of Nestlé Pakistan.

On the occasion, an agreement was also signed between Nestlé Pakistan and WWF-Pakistan under which the latter would help the company implement sustainability practices and Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) standard at its Islamabad factory. The two partners have already put the AWS standard in place at the company’s Sheikhupura Factory. AWS is a standard of sustainable water usage that promotes better understanding through stakeholder engagement, in order to drive best water management practices within and beyond industrial operations.

Also present on the occasion were Mr. Jacques Bodevin, Senior Vice President, Finance & Control and MIS; Mr. Lazaro Rivademar, Senior Vice President, Asia, Oceania and Africa; Mr. Zaid Walid Albitar Regional Manager Middle East and Mr. Khurram Zia, Country Business Manager, Nestlé Waters Pakistan.

About Nestlé Pakistan

Nestlé Pakistan is the leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness company in Pakistan, meeting and exceeding all international standards in manufacturing of their products. Nestlé Pakistan believes in creating shared value for the communities in which it operates with a focus on Nutrition, Water, Environmental Sustainability, Rural Developmentand its People.

About Nestlé Waters:

Founded in 1992, Nestlé Waters is the water division of the Nestlé Group. It’s the world’s leading bottled water company and employs more than 34,000 people. It benefits from 96 production facilities in 35 countries and manages a 52 bottled water brands’ portfolio. More information on:

For further information, please contact:

Aatekah Mir-Khan
Corporate Media Relations Manager, Nestlé Pakistan
Cell:  042-35988119
Email: [email protected]

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