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Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe has stressed the need for “pragmatic, efficient and cost effective action” to address global water scarcity at the World Water Forum.
He was speaking as Nestlé launched a report highlighting its efforts to tackle the issue.
Nestlé’s Creating Shared Value Report 2011 also illustrates Nestlé’s work on nutrition, rural development, environmental sustainability and compliance.
Mr Brabeck-Letmathe told the Forum in Marseille, France, the key to reducing global water consumption was local action.
“Water issues cannot be solved by structures abroad”, he said. “Initiative has to be taken at local level by addressing specific issues on individual river basins.
“It has to be government driven and supported by a broad local public-private partnership.”
Mr Brabeck-Letmathe stressed that a global public-private initiative 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG) can also help by providing tools and information on best practice.
Formed in 2008 following the United Nations’ call for businesses and governments to address the issue of water security, it provides guidance and new policy ideas on water resource scarcity.
Mr Brabeck-Letmathe, who is Chairman of the WRG, appealed for support for the initiative from the 3,200 attendees at the opening session.
The French Prime Minister François Fillon joined other politicians, royal guests and CEOs of major companies at the Forum.
José Lopez, Nestlé’s Executive Vice President and Head of Operations and GLOBE, is also taking part in the week-long event.
Nestlé has provided access to water to over 60,000 people by investing CHF 2.25 million in water and sanitation, food security and emergency relief initiatives in Côte d’Ivoire.
This is through a renewed three year partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Red Cross Society.
Nestlé will also publish its Annual Report on March 14.
More than 25,000 participants and 800 speakers will take part in this year’s Forum which highlights the theme ‘Time for Solutions’.
Creating Shared Value 2011 Report
CSV Report images on Flickr
World Water Forum website