Nestlé UK & Ireland is marking World Water Day by opening the doors at two of its factories to demonstrate their local water stewardship and the management of other natural assets.
World Water Day is a UN initiative that shines a spotlight on issues around water. Today, the Nestlé factories in Buxton, Derbyshire and Dalston, Cumbria have invited locals and stakeholders in to share learnings and host discussions around water, sustainability and the natural environment.
At Buxton, the home of the natural mineral water that bares its moniker, Nestlé Waters welcomed attendees with a passionate interest in protecting local water resources. Guests included representatives from the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), the Peak District National Park Authority, Natural England, as well as other key land management stakeholders. The day provided an opportunity to share knowledge, discuss and debate water stewardship and land management, with delegates sharing ways in which they could collectively work together to address shared water challenges in the local area.
In Dalston, Cumbria, the home of Nescafé Frothy Coffees, Nestlé co-hosted an event with United Utilities, First Milk, 3Keel and En-trade, where each business shared insights on how they are using the Landscape Enterprise Network model (LENs). LENs helps businesses understand their reliance on the natural environment and encourage a commercial interest in how landscapes function. This, in turn, encourages investment and innovation in vital natural assets like water, soil and tree cover, which not only benefits business but society and the environment.
Local businesses, including Nestlé at Dalston hope to build on existing sustainability activities and develop a shared interest investment proposition on the River Eden catchment.
Andy Griffiths, Head of Value Chain Sustainability at Nestlé UK & Ireland said: “Taking this collaborative approach will help to further enhance natural asset stewardship, improve water quality, reduce flood risk, enhance biodiversity habitat, improve soil quality and enable farm diversification and resilience.”