Nestle, a food processing company that is making effort to reduce water in its own operations, has advocated for inclusion of a specific goal on water in the post-2015 development agenda.

image002.jpg15359According to a statement issued in Accra signed by the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department (CCPAD), Nestl? Central & West Africa Region, the organization respects the human right to water and sanitation, and is helping to increase access for its employees and communities where it operates.

It said the company also actively promoted healthy hydration as well as help school-age children understand the importance of hydration through programmes, such as Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) and Nestl? Healthy Kids in Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon.

According to the CCPAD, through Nestl??s partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies, 196,546 people from 132 villages and 81 schools have benefitted from water, sanitation or hygiene projects around the company?s cocoa sourcing communities in C?te d?Ivoire.

?These actions are part of Creating Shared Value, Nestl??s approach to business. It is based on the firm belief that for a company to prosper over the long term, it must create value not only for its shareholders, but also for the communities where it operates?.

The statement said in 2014, Nestl? announced the renewal of its partnership with IFRC for the next five years and its extension to Ghana.

?Nestl? aims to ensure that its factories treat the water it discharges effectively, returning clean water to the surrounding environment.

?As such, it invests in treatment facilities, when municipal facilities do not exist. Last year, its Tema factory in Ghana invested 1.1million CHF in Reverse Osmosis and Ultra filtration, a technology that will further improve waste water quality?.

The CCPAD noted that this will allow the factory to use at least 30% of its treated waste water in cooling tower operations and to irrigate its lawns.

The statement further implied that at the Flowergate factory (Nigeria), water consumption per ton of product was reduced by 36.37% in 2014, compared to 2013. And better reporting of leakages on-site and improved monitoring of water consumption helped achieve this.

Nestl? heavily invests in its factories across the region to meet an increased demand for products while improving environmental performance.

In 2013, it upgraded its Agbara factory (Nigeria) waste water treatment facility to improve effluent quality.

In 2014, it completed a Water Resources Review at its Douala factory in Cameroon where access to water, sanitation and hygiene were assessed for more than 500 employees, vendors and visitors to the site.

?Communities surrounding our Douala and Agbara factories benefit from free access to water fountains on site during set hours, resulting in around 15 000 litres of water being collected by local residents every day?.

GNA

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