Launched in 2009, the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is a global, member collaboration, comprised of businesses, non-governmental organizations and public sector groups, committed to local water resources through the adoption and promotion of a universal framework for the sustainable use of water. The International Water Stewardship system drives, recognizes, and rewards improved water stewardship performance through the AWS Standard, a comprehensive global standard intended to drive social, environmental and economic benefits at the scale of a catchment.
It achieves this by engaging sites in understanding and addressing shared water challenges as well as site water risks and opportunities. It asks sites to address these challenges in a way that progressively moves them to best practice in terms of five outcomes:
- Good water governance
- Sustainable water balance
- Good water quality status
- Important water-related areas
- Safe water, sanitation and hygiene for all (WASH)
Our Global Commitment
Nestlé Waters is proud of our commitment to certify all sites to the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard by 2025. So far, Nestlé Waters has certified nineteen of its factories around the world, including all five of the Nestlé Waters North America factories in California.
Our facility located in Ontario, California was the first AWS-certified site of any kind in North America, while the Cabazon facility is the first facility in North America to achieve an AWS Gold certification. In August 2019, the Stanwood bottling facility in Michigan earned Gold certification under AWS, NWNA’s second facility awarded this certification. Achieving advanced-level certification recognizes the additional effort and positive water stewardship outcomes that go beyond core requirements , including the site’s positive contribution to the local groundwater system, best practice of the site’s water balance, best practice of the site’s water quality, and implementation of a water education program, among others.
We are committed to setting an example as a water steward. The AWS Standard reinforces our role and clearly demonstrates the steps we are taking to manage water resources responsibly.