In celebration of World Water Day, Nestlé Waters Canada has announced that its Hope, British Columbia (BC) factory is the first Canadian facility to receive certification under the rigorous Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard.
“We are extremely proud with the results of this independent review and certification of our water stewardship and conservation efforts,” says Bruce Lauerman, Natural Resource Manager in Hope, BC. “The certification of our Hope plant further commits us to working collaboratively with our employees, local partners and provincial government to protect shared water resources in BC now and in the future.”
Created by industry leaders and prominent environmental conservation groups such as The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the AWS Standard is the first comprehensive global standard for measuring responsible water stewardship, not just in terms of environmental criteria, but also social and economic dimensions.
While Nestlé Waters Canada’s Hope facility has operated sustainably over the last 17 years, the AWS certification process encouraged the company to further increase our knowledge of water usage in the catchment and incorporate actions to be a stronger and increasingly transparent community partner.
The programme is part of Nestlé’s global commitment to caring for water, supporting the company’s 2030 ambition to strive for zero impact in its operations.
Last fall, Nestlé Waters pledged to certify 20 of its water bottling sites around the world. To date, the company has certified eight facilities around the world, seven of which are located in North America.
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