Nestlé, the food and nutrition company, won this year’s Stockholm Industry Water Award for its efforts to improve water management in its internal operations and throughout its supply chain. Nestlé has reduced the total water withdrawals by over 30%, more than doubled the water efficiency of its internal operations and made significant reductions in the quantity of wastewater discharged into the environment. The company’s water consumption has decreased from more than five litres of water per USD of sales 10 years ago, to less than 1.4 litres today. The award will be presented to Nestlé at a ceremony on 24 August 2011 during the 2011 World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Stockholm Industry Water Award – administered by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) – recognises the business sector’s contribution to sustainable water management by minimising water consumption and environmental impact. Awarded to any sector of business and industry, the Award was established in 2000 by the Stockholm Water Foundation in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.