To Press Releases listOct 25, 2017
Hope and Aberfoyle sites to seek internationally recognized Alliance for Water Stewardship certification by 2020
October 25, 2017 – Puslinch, Ontario – Nestlé Waters announced today that it would strengthen its collaboration with the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) to certify 20 factories by 2020. Of these 20 factories, Nestlé Waters aims to have its two factories located in Hope, British Columbia and Aberfoyle, Ontario meet the rigorous AWS Standard and receive certification by 2020.
By meeting the AWS Standard, the Hope and Aberfoyle facilities would comply with global guidelines for efficient, collaborative, and transparent water stewardship methods, from the source to the plant to the consumer.
“This announcement marks an important step towards our commitment to constantly improve our water stewardship practices,” said Andreanne Simard, Natural Resource Manager at Nestlé Waters Canada. “This is another example of how we’re helping to address shared water challenges and ensuring the sustainability of water resources with our community partners.”
Created by industry leaders and prominent environmental conservation groups, such as The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the AWS Standard is the first comprehensive global standard for measuring responsible water stewardship across social, environmental, and economic criteria.
The factory in Hope recently completed its AWS audit and we are awaiting results. The decision around the Hope factory certification is expected shortly and if successful, it will be the first Canadian factory to be certified. Nestlé Waters Canada also aims to have the Aberfoyle factory go through the same process and be certified by the end of 2020.
Independent assessment and review of our sustainable operations is foundational to our permitting in Canada. Our intention to certify under the globally recognized AWS Standard is above and beyond our existing regulatory requirements established by the provincial governments in British Columbia and Ontario. We look forward to building on our commitment to water stewardship while continuing to collaborate with others in the region and country on best practices in water conservation.
About the Alliance for Water Stewardship
AWS is a global membership-based collaboration that unites organizations behind its mission: To lead a global network that promotes responsible use of freshwater that is socially and economically beneficial and environmentally sustainable. AWS achieves this through a global water stewardship system, centered on the International Water Stewardship Standard (the AWS Standard), that drives, recognizes, and rewards good water stewardship performance. The AWS vision is that water users and managers are responsible water stewards, who protect and enhance freshwater resources for people and nature. The AWS Standard provides a globally-applicable framework for major water users to understand their water use and impact, and to work collaboratively and transparently for sustainable management within water catchment areas.
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519-767-6441 or Jennifer.Kerr@waters.nestle.com