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Caring for Water

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We have always tried to be a good water steward and water has been a key focus of our Creating Shared Value (CSV) strategy. Since more than 90% of the country’s water resources are being consumed by the agriculture sector, we realized the need to work beyond our factory gates and take collective action. Taking forward the collective action 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 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; Factories, Communities and Agriculture.


Collective action approach by Nestlé 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Nestlé Pakistan has collaborated with the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) to establish a site that demonstrates best practices which enhance crop production with minimum use of water. The site serves as a knowledge hub for students and farmers on scientifically proven irrigation management techniques, including drip systems and a delivery line network.


Mango Research Institute (MRI)

Nestlé Pakistan has partnered with MRI to establish the first ultra-high density mango orchard with drip irrigation setup leading to improved yield with significant water saving. This site is used to educate farmers on the benefits of ultra-high density and drip techniques.





  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 24% between 2013 and 2019. 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 about 47 mio liters water from milk in 2019. 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 and Kabirwala Factories have also been certified by the AWS Standard in 2018 and 2019 respectively. We aim to get our Port Qasim Factory certified in early 2020.

  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 4,000 employees.




  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.

  2. Water Education We educate teachers on water by conducting training sessions with our partner institutions nationwide. The sessions are carried out through our Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK) Program to educate participants about the importance of water. In 2019, we have educated 40,000 children & 280 teachers.




  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. Until 2019, we have applied drip irrigation on 139 acres followed by saving up to 391 million liters of water; these farms are located in various parts of Punjab. Nestlé has also partnered with the PARC, UVAS and Mango Research Institute (MRI) to establish sites that showcase the best farm practices with optimal water usage and improved yield for farmers and researchers 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. Initially piloted at three pilot farms; these sensors have been scaled up to 25 locations (different private farms, institutions and government organizations) as of 2019.

  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 time to time. It is estimated to save more than 2 mio cubic meters water in its three years’ life time.

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