Hope, British Columbia – (March 21, 2018) – Nestlé Waters Canada announced today 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.
In addition to providing Hope’s Annual Sustainability Report to the District of Hope, Nestlé Waters presented to all members of Council in April 2017 and is looking forward to a spring 2018 presentation. Expanding from its biennial Hope Open House, Nestlé Waters will also publish its first community newsletter in 2018. Nestlé Waters Canada continues to identify opportunities to work collaboratively with members of the local community, First Nations and industry partners.
In Hope, Nestlé Waters also took action to update existing emergency response plans and contribute to emergency relief efforts. This includes support for local communities and emergency responders after the tragic wildfires during summer 2017.
In addition to Nestlé Waters’ certification in Hope, the company also announced today the certification of two bottling facilities in California. All five California Nestlé Waters factories are now certified with this rigorous water sustainability standard.
“The AWS journey started for us as we sought a tool to formalize our commitment to water stewardship. We were fortunate to find groups like the World Wildlife Fund working on this breakthrough concept and Standard,” says Nelson Switzer, Chief Sustainability Officer at Nestlé Waters
North America. “And now, to have achieved certification of all five of our facilities in California and our factory in Hope, BC – the first in Canada – is a moment worthy of celebration. I hope other companies and water users will adopt the Standard and deepen their commitment to water stewardship so that we can, together, help secure an abundant water future.”
As part of the AWS certification process, auditors look at a number of factors within the groundwater basins where facilities are located, such as water quality, the availability of existing water sources, and the health of water-related areas, such as marshes, in the region. In addition, a number of internal and external community stakeholders are identified and interviewed by AWS auditors.
"These recent Nestlé Waters certifications further prove that it is possible for sustainable freshwater use to be socially, environmentally, and economically responsible," said Matt Howard, Director for AWS North America. "The AWS Standard is applicable to sites around the world, and we hope that this achievement in California and British Columbia continues the positive worldwide trend towards water stewardship that reflects the needs and values of all water users."
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. More information about Nestlé Waters’ global commitment can be found here.
About Nestlé Waters Canada
Established in 1970, Nestlé Waters Canada is affiliated with Nestlé Waters North America of Stamford, Connecticut. With headquarters in the Township of Puslinch, bottling facilities in Hope, British Columbia, and Puslinch and distribution facilities in Chilliwack, British Columbia; Puslinch and Laval, Quebec, approximately 400 employees support a network of more than 145 retailers across Canada.
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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