We have been proud to live and work in Michigan for more than 15 years and are an active member of the Michigan community. We put community first, which includes supporting local community efforts and providing aid in times of need. For more than 200 of us, Michigan is more than a place to work – it’s home.
The People of Flint
We are deeply committed to creating access to safe, clean drinking water for all Americans and are privileged to play a role in relief support when and where it is needed most. While we have never withdrawn water from any location in or near Flint (the water we source is from a different watershed more than 120 miles away), as part of the greater Michigan community we share concerns about the health and safety of Flint residents and are committed to being part of the solution.
We've been providing water and other support to Flint since the beginning of the crisis.
Starting in October 2015, our Ice Mountain team began shipping water donations to help the residents of Flint. In January 2016, we partnered with a coalition that included Walmart and others to provide up to 6.5 million bottles of water for Flint public schools – 1.5 million of which will be donated by Nestlé Waters.
At the beginning of 2018, as a continuation of the efforts to help meet the evolving needs of the community, Nestlé Waters again partnered with a coalition of business partners to provide additional product and financial support to impacted schools to help them through the remainder of the school year. These resources will be used by the schools, as needed, to purchase bottled water, and other products and services – including water testing and water filters – to help ensure their students continue to have access to safe, clean drinking water.
Starting in early May 2018, Nestle Waters began donating regular truckloads of bottled water to the three East Michigan Food Bank Help Centers, located at the Greater Holy Temple, Bethel United Methodist Church and Asbury United Methodist Church. These donations, which will continue through the end of the year, will total approximately 3.2 million bottles of water for the City of Flint.
In July 2018, we introduced our latest initiative to provide on-the-go hydration for Michigan through our new Ice Mountain® Hydration Station. This mobile trailer is visiting events in Flint through Labor Day so community members can enjoy complimentary Ice Mountain® Brand spring water poured into their cups or reusable bottles to stay hydrated out in the summer heat. By the end of the year, we anticipate that we will have served Michigan communities with more than 1,100 gallons of water from our Ice Mountain® Hydration Station.
We are excited that we now have two Hydration Stations – one Poland Spring®, serving communities in Maine, and one Ice Mountain®, serving communities in Michigan.
In addition to water donations, we continue to work with Keep America Beautiful to install recycling infrastructure throughout Flint schools and develop a recycling awareness program to help keep plastic bottles out of landfills.
Ongoing Community Support
We are committed to helping the Michigan communities where we live and work thrive. We invest in the wellbeing of the local community and environment through various water donations, community sponsorships and volunteering efforts.
Our employees live our values of community and sustainability. This includes volunteering their personal time to various environmental and community service initiatives across the state including, but not limited to, annual clean-ups and food drives.
- We partner with local community organizations on yearly cleanups along the Muskegon River to remove rubbish along a 10-mile stretch of land alongside the river.
- We also support annual cleanups of Highways M-20 and US-10, helping to prevent roadside debris from finding its way into the rivers.
Annual Food Drive
- Each year, our Michigan employees participate in a company-wide
Better Lives Food Drive to help provide nutritious food and
beverages to those in need. In 2017, with over 91% participation
across all locations, Nestlé Waters donations totaled 52,507.9 lbs.
food, which is equivalent to 43,757 meals for children and families across the United States.