8 June 2011 — Nestlé has won the Stockholm Industry Water Award for its leadership and performance to improve water management in its internal operations and throughout its supply chain.

The award committee also recognised Nestlé’s work to improve the water management of its suppliers, which include more than 25 million people involved in its entire value chain.

Over the past decade, Nestlé has reduced its total water withdrawals by more than 30 per cent, more than doubled the water efficiency of its internal operations and made marked reductions in the quantity of wastewater discharged into the environment.

Established in 2000 by the Stockholm Water Foundation, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the award recognises the business sector’s contribution to sustainable water management by minimising water consumption and environmental impact.

Nestlé employs 1000 agronomists and water experts, who work directly with farmers to help them reduce their water requirements, increase crop yields, and minimise pollution.

In 2009-2010, Nestlé provided expert training and technical support for 300,000 farmers and the company continues to collaborate with other food industry leaders to establish best practice and guidelines for sustainable water use at a farm level. Nestlé also has a leading role in the 2030 Water Resources Group.

Award committee member and director of water projects at the WBCSD Joppe Cramwinckel, said in a statement: “Nestlé is providing an example for other food producers and distributors to follow. With agriculture accounting for nearly 70 per cent of global water use and food demand expected to double by 2050 companies have an increasing responsibility to improve food chain resource efficiency.”

The honorary award will be presented to the chairman of Nestlé, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe at a ceremony on 24 August during World Water Week in Stockholm.