Water overview

Water and Creating Shared Value

Value for Nestlé: Continuously improving environmental performance; productive factories; reduced risks; reduced costs; long-term availability of raw materials and water; and sustainable, profitable growth.

Value for Society: Addressing water challenges including universal access to clean water and sanitation facilities; raising water management standards in agriculture; and safeguarding farm viability and farmer incomes.


Though we have enough freshwater across the world as a whole, a growing, more prosperous and increasingly urban population, combined with the impact of climate change, is making water scarcity a serious reality in many parts of the world. Read more

Our goals

Our W.A.T.E.R. Commitments in water use and stewardship, first announced in 2006, are key to driving water performance through our operations, supply chain and with communities.

Work to achieve water efficiency across our operations

Leading in water resource management and excelling in the direct reduction of the direct water use in all our facilities.

Advocate for effective water policies and stewardship

Promoting public policies that place value on water at every level.

Creat effectively the water we discharge

Setting strict targets for returning clean water to the environment.

Engage with suppliers, especially those in agriculture

Helping to improve their water management with focus on impacts at watershed level.

Raise awareness of water access and conservation

Engaging employees, communities and consumers in the water imperative.

Since making these commitments, we have continued to gather feedback from stakeholders. In 2011, we undertook an extensive internal review and at the same time consulted externally with leading experts. Read more

We are developing a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) that will underpin our qualitative W.A.T.E.R. commitments. Read more


Nestlé manages its water impacts through The Nestlé Policy on Environmental Sustainability, which is detailed in the Environmental sustainability section.