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Nestlé, WWF launch AWS Standards in Pakistan

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WWF-Pakistan, in collaboration with Nestlé Pakistan, hosted a Water Symposium and marked the launch of Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standards in Pakistan.

AWS is an international water management standard which aims to drive best water management practices within industrial operations and at the governance level. WWF-Pakistan is facilitating the implementation of AWS standards in Pakistan while Nestlé Pakistan is its first implementing partner.

The standards, being implemented in different parts of the world, promote better management of site-specific water use and the water catchment areas to address shared water concerns related to quality, quantity and governance.

Adrian Sym, Executive Director, AWS, gave an overview of the journey of the AWS Standards from conception to implementation while Carlo Galli, Technical and Strategic Advisor for Water Resources at Nestlé talked about Nestlé Global’s Water Stewardship Initiative. Alexis Morgan, Water Stewardship Specialist, WWF International, gave a global overview of WWF International’s role in the facilitation of AWS and the significance of a business case in the water sector.

Waqar Ahmed, Head of Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Pakistan, shed light on the role of Nestlé-Pakistan as the first implementing partner of AWS. He said, "Water conservation and stewardship is a critical pillar of our Creating Shared Value portfolio. Nestlé is always looking for opportunities to reduce, recycle and reuse water in our operations. That is why we are very excited about our partnership with WWF-Pakistan. We not only hope to achieve water stewardship milestones, set for ourselves, sooner but also to help further reduce the water footprint across our value chain."

While addressing the audience, HammadNaqi Khan, Director General, WWF-Pakistan said, ‘Pakistan is a water-based economy and the resource is crucial for sustaining its economic growth and development. However, mismanagement of water resources have triggered various environmental, economic and social challenges which require urgent attention.’He urged leading businesses to set an example of better water management soothers could follow suit.

The presentations were followed by a panel discussion session on adopting water stewardship. The panelists included Dr. Javed Iqbal, Director General, Environmental Protection Department (EPD); Alexis Morgan; Carlo Galli and Abubakar Muhammad, Professor, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

About Nestlé Pakistan

Nestlé Pakistan is the leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness company in Pakistan; meeting and exceeding all the international standards in manufacturing of their products. Nestlé Pakistan believes in creating shared value for the communities in which it operates with the focus being on Nutrition, Water and Rural Development. Nestlé Pakistan works with thousands of farmers for collecting milk and engages in a number of rural development programs for community development.

For further information, please contact:

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

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