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With sales of CHF 92 186 million in 2012, Nestlé is the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company. Headquartered in Switzerland, the company employs 339 000 people and has 468 factories worldwide. Nestle’s basic way of doing business is Creating Shared Value, which states that for the company to be successful in the long term, it has to create value not only for its shareholders, but also for society. We have analysed our value chain and determined that the areas of greatest potential for joint value optimisation with society are Water, Nutrition and Rural Development. Indeed water has become one of the most pressing global issue representing a serious long-term risk for our business and society as a whole. Nestlé is determined to play a leading role in tackling the water challenge. The Nestlé Commitment on Water Stewardship is key to driving water performance throughout our operations, supply chain and with communities. We specifically commit to: -Work to achieve water efficiency across our operations -Advocate for effective water policies and stewardship -Treat the water we discharge effectively -Engage with suppliers, especially those in agriculture -Raise awareness of water access and conservation.


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Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize 2016: call for nominationsSaturday, 28. February 2015
More coffee with less water in VietnamWednesday, 15. April 2015 EXCO - Swiss booth
Launch Project WET SwitzerlandTuesday, 24. May 2016 Nestlé Waters (Suisse) SA

Thematic expertise

Integrated Water Resources Management

  • Watershed & land management (basin/local level, participatory/multi-stakeholder planning)
  • Data collection and modelling (GIS, hydrology, etc.)
  • Water policy (processes at international & national levels)

Water for people

  • Legal and regulatory framework
  • Rural/ semi-urban water supply and sanitation
  • Human right to water and sanitation (include water quality, equity, accountability, etc.)
  • Water technologies (water supply and treatment)
  • Hygiene promotion and behavior changes
  • Operation and maintenance, monitoring (soft aspects)

Water for food

  • Irrigation techniques (e.g. efficiency of irrigation technologies)
  • Supply chains & commercialization

Water for other uses

  • Water for energy (hydroelectric techniques, management and financing, water food energy nexus)
  • Water processing
  • Corporate risks and opportunities (including water footprint, waterstewardship)

Water for nature

  • Payments for watershed services
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • DRR (flood management/ drought)

Water and climate change

  • Modelling
  • Adaptation
  • Mitigation

Geographic expertise

Contact Person

Cédric Egger -


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