Nestle Pakistan wins 1st Prize at UN Global Compact Business Sustainability Award 2019

Lahore(Cliff News)Nestlé Pakistan has won the First Prize for ‘Living the Global Compact Best Practices Sustainability Award 2019’, in the category of multinational companies and declared the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Champion at the business sustainability moot and award ceremony, hosted by the UN Global Compact Network Pakistan.

This is the fourth consecutive time that Nestlé Pakistan has been recognised for its continuous commitment towards contributing to healthier future in line with SDGs and the ten principles of the UN Global Compact embedded in the way it conducts business.“It is an honour to be recognised by UNGC for the fourth time in a row. This not only shows Nestlé’s commitment and dedication to the SDGs but also motivates us further to continue our mission in line with UNGC principles,” said Waqar Ahmad, Head of Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Pakistan on the occasion. He added that Nestlé Pakistan was playing its role in community engagement and enhancement through various programs for its focus areas.“Nestlé believes in the philosophy of creating shared value (CSV). Our purpose is to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future and hence CSV is embedded in our business model, where direct engagement and support to communities is extended across the value chain,” he said.Nestlé Pakistan’s initiative, the Nestlé-BISP Rural Women Sales Program, under Ehsaas, was also presented as a case study at the moot, highlighting how the project had helped graduate BISP beneficiaries out of poverty in line with UN SDGs 3, 5 and 17 – Good Health & Well-being, Gender Equality, and Partnerships for the Goals, respectively. It has so far over 900 active rural women sales agents.As part of ‘Caring for Water – Pakistan’ initiative, Nestlé Pakistan with its collective action approach partnered with organisations such as LUMS, UVAS, WWF Pakistan, SDPI and PARC to address the shared water challenges, consistent with SDGs 6 – Clean Water & Sanitation, and 17 – Partnership for the Goals.Meanwhile, the Nestlé for Healthier Kids program (N4HK), a global initiative that empowers parents, caregivers and educators to foster healthier eating, drinking and lifestyle habits among school age children, has reached out to more than 220,000 kids and trained over 1100 teachers on nutrition in 280 schools, in collaboration with 10 educational partners.Congratulating Nestlé Pakistan on winning the award, Fasihul Karim Siddiqi, Executive Director Global Compact Network Pakistan, said, “We recognise Nestlé’s commitment and efforts which are completely aligned with UNGC principles of sustainable business practices in Pakistan.I believe that such practices should be promoted at greater levels and used as an example for other businesses to follow.”Living the Global Compact Best Practices Sustainability Awards is organised by Global Compact Network Pakistan every year. The network is currently fortified with around 90 organisations in Pakistan.

About Nestlé

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It is present in 191 countries around the world, and its 328,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives.

 

 

4th Karachi International Water Conference aiming to bring together thought leaders

President Of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi at the opening session on the first day of 4th Karachi International Water Conference

Karachi(Cliff News)The first day of the two-day Fourth Karachi International Water Conference aiming to bring together thought leaders, actors and players of the water sector that are working on Water-Energy-Food Nexus took place here today. Major global, regional and national organizations and their representatives, researchers, professionals, decision-makers, business innovators, practitioners, experts, women’s groups, youth groups and leaders on WEF Nexus exchanged ideas on fostering new thinking, developing innovative solutions and work on the water agenda for the 21st century.Day 1 opened with Ashraf Kapadia, Chairperson Hisaar Foundation who welcomed the guests and gave a short introduction of Hisaar Foundation – a Foundation for Water, Food and Livelihood Security. Next Simi Kamal, the Founder of Hisaar Foundation spoke on the purpose of the conference, linking it to the global discourse on Water-Energy-Food Nexus and the centrality of water in the nexus. Ghias Khan, head of ENGRO Corporation spoke of access to clean water. He mentioned that as responsible corporates, we must monitor, measure and analyze our water usage to uncover opportunities to enhance our water management. He urged the public and private sectors to work together to bring positive change for the future.In his Keynote address Dr Roberto Lenton, Daugherty Distinguished Fellow, provided his perspective on the challenges of the 21st century and the water-food-energy nexus, during which he highlighted the Sustainable Development Goals as the framework for articulating the challenges, examining the inter-relationships among water, food and energy security. He discussed the value of considering these three key challenges jointly rather than separately, and provided a few examples of these inter-relationships in specific contexts.His Excellency President of Pakistan, Dr Arif Alvi, highlighted that he has selected water as one of his main areas of focus and keenly supports initiatives aimed at providing short and long term solutions to Pakistan’s water problems. He spoke of the Clean and Green Pakistan initiative and other dedicated efforts for water management, agriculture efficiency and use of renewable sources for power generation. The exhibition of the conference was also opened by the President.Session 2A ‘Valuing Water – Harnessing Energy and Food Production’ focused on understanding and localizing the WEF Nexus. Session 2B ‘Leaving No One behind – Café of the Unheard’ provided a platform for the audience to directly engage with the experts present on a range of subjects. Session 3A ‘Water Governance and security – Saving Urban Water from Urban Decay’ explored governance and politics of urban water and identified the way forward for the city of Karachi. Session 3B ‘The Indus and Murray Darling – A shared experience of reform’ identified Australian sustainability initiatives of relevance for Pakistan’s consideration. Session 4A ‘Water Infrastructure and Investments – Who gives a Dam’ explored the place of large and small water infrastructures in the context of WEF Nexus. Session 4B ‘Does the Nexus actually work? Women’s perspective’s sought to ascertain if the WEF Nexus resonates with Pakistani women.The session ended successfully with the attendees hopeful that the water problems of the country could be addressed in a more positive and innovative way in the near future.The PR of was handled by Starlinks PR and Events.

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Nestle inaugurates new plant worth USD 22 million in Sheikhupura

Lahore(Cliff News)Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar inaugurated a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at Nestlé Pakistan’s Sheikhupura Factory.The production capacity of the NESTLÉ FRUITA VITALS (Nestlé’s range of juices, nectars and drinks) Plant – the newest edition to its facilities operating in Pakistan – is 24,000 units per hour. The company’s investment of USD 22 million is one of its largest investments recently.While speaking at the occasion, Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said, “We aim to create conditions in which foreign companies are attracted towards making new investments. At present, the government is making concerted efforts to revive the nation’s economy. I am really pleased to see that Nestlé, one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies, is making such good progress in Pakistan.”Welcoming the investment, the Governor added, “I am heartened to see that Nestlé has always taken a keen interest in creating opportunities for the people. Their investment demonstrates and speaks volume about Nestlé’s trust in the future of Pakistan.”Samer Chedid, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé Pakistan, while sharing his views said, “Nestlé’s recent investment is a testament to our continuous trust in Pakistan and its growth potential. We are also excited about integrating our Chaunsa value chain. We are procuring Chaunsa mangoes from the 110 farms that we introduced interventions at to improve their yield’s quantity and quality. This integration demonstrates our Creating Shared Value approach in which we ensure that our activities and products are making a positive difference to society while contributing to Nestlé’s ongoing success.”“We appreciate the government’s steps as a result of which Pakistan has been listed by the World Bank as among the ‘Top-20 Improvers in Ease of Doing Business 2020’.   This is a clear reflection of the government’s commitment to improve competitiveness by increasing support for the development of the private sector, reducing regulatory and administrative burden on enterprises,” he said.

About Nestlé

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It is present in 191 countries around the world, and its 328,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives.

 

 

Nestle aims to provide quality of water with less consumption

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Karachi(Syed Qalbe Muhammad)Nestle aims to provide quality of water with less consumption to fulfil the healthy needs of society and their customers.The highly expensive RO plants and pumps they are installed in Port Qasim Karachi factory.Haider Ali Production Manager Nestle Pakistan said that we started our operations in 2007 and in 12 years of success we are still getting to win the trust of our consumers.We are preparing 18.6Million bottles per year.Our capacity here to fill 19 liters 2320 bottles per year.The visit of Nestle is very interesting and informative and I personally saw all the process of packing and filling process of bottles.The whole plant and all pipelines made off stainless steel and you don’t find any rust particles or dust there.I personally witnessed the company working environment and professional coordination is fabulous.The safety and training of staff is the first priority of the company.Last 3 years no accident is reported.The observations are given in weekly reports to make more strong the professional abilities of employees and quality of their products.

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LUMS and Nestle jointly organised seminar “Together for Water”

Lahore(Cliff News)Panelists while discussing World Water Day concurred that water resources, if managed properly, by all actors collectively, would ensure that everyone has access to it. They agreed that human behavior, social customs, institutions, and government policies heavily influence conservation of water.The discussion took place at a seminar “Together for Water”, held jointly by Nestlé Pakistan and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). The panelists represented a range of stakeholders; from think-tanks to academia and from government to private sector. The seminar highlighted issues faced by Pakistan, stressing possible solutions and a collaborative approach towards water conservation.Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all is also goal number six of sustainable development goals (SDGs) by United Nations which signifies its importance. Pakistan has the world’s fourth highest rate of water use. The water intensity rate the amount of water in cubic meters used per unit of GDP- is also the highest in the world, suggesting that the country’s economy is more water-intensive. This wastage of water must be halted to further dive into the pool of scarcity. Highlighting the importance of finding nature based solutions to water conservation, Hammad Naqi, CEO, WWF-Pakistan said “WWF-Pakistan is committed to promoting nature based solutions to conserving and restoring water resources of Pakistan. This encompasses a holistic approach of water stewardship, security and conservation combined.”He gave the example of how WWF is working with companies like Nestlé to implement an international water standard that promotes the use of water in a socially equitable, economically beneficial, and environmentally sustainable way, through a stakeholder inclusive approach.Nisar Memon, Chairman of Water Environment Forum, talked about water governance in Pakistan, saying, “People and Governments of Pakistan are together to protect, preserve and plan water assets of Pakistan such as: 7235 glaciars and our major rivers – Indus, Jhelum and Chenab. The climate change challenges are being met with our 2013 National Climate Change Policy and today as we meet here in LUMS Lahore, the Council of Common Interests meeting in planned in Islamabad to approve the National Water Policy to ensure water-energy-food for our over 210 million is well governed.”Dr Zakir Hussain, Principal Scientific Officer, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council said“Pakistan’s agriculture is increasingly vulnerable to the vagaries of climate change. Improving farmers’ resilience to climate change requires more efficient use and equitable distribution of irrigation water, agricultural insurance to protect farmers against losses, and support from the government in adopting climate-smart agricultural practices.”
Dr Abubakar from the Centre of Water Informatics and Technology, LUMS talked about how technology can be usedin agriculture for efficient water management. He also stressed the need for industry workingwith academia to find solutions, using Nestlé-WIT relationship as a model. The two partners are working on smart soil sensors that can help farmers to reduce water usage in agriculture and also avoid crop stress due to over and under irrigation.

Nestle Pakistan wins 1st Prize for United Nations Global Compact Award 2017

Karachi (Cliff News)For second time in a row, Nestlé Pakistan was awarded with First Prize for “Living the UN Global Compact Business Sustainability Award 2017″, in a multi-national category.In 2016, Nestlé Pakistan was awarded with the first prize as well in the category “Living the Global Compact Business Excellence 2014-15.”Winning this prestigious award twice in a row signifies Nestlé Pakistan’scontinuous commitment towards its purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future in complete alignment with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.NestléPakistan’s vision lies at the core of promotion of United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Principles in terms of engaging with community outreachacrossits value chain throughinitiatives such asNestlé Healthy Kidsto educate children about healthy lifestyle. By partnering with various schools theyhave reached more than 140,000 children so far.Furthermore, Nestlé Pakistan has also reached out tothe rural Pakistan by partnering with Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). The initiative, focuses on needs of BISP beneficiaries,by providing them with livelihood opportunities along withholding seminars to educate them on basic nutrition knowledge.Nestlé also partnered withWWF-Pakistanto implement the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) standardsforimproved water efficiency. So far, two of its factories have been awarded with AWS certification which is also the first in Pakistan.On being awarded by such prestigious network, Waqar Ahmad, Head of Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Pakistan said “We are honored to be recognized by UNGC for the second time, this motivates us further to continue our mission in line with UNGC principles”.FasihulKarim Siddiqi, Executive Director Global Compact Network Pakistan also congratulated Nestlé and said “We recognize Nestlé’s commitment which iscompletely aligned with UNGC principlesof sustainable business practices in Pakistan, I think such practices should be promoted at greater levels for other businesses to follow.”The event was organized by Employers’ Federation of Pakistan which launched the formation of Global CompactNetwork Pakistan in 2005 to embrace the ten principles of UNGC. The network is currently fortified with around 90 organizations in Pakistan.

About Nestlé Pakistan

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It is present in 191 countries around the world, and its 328,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives. Its more than 2000 brands include local favorites like NESTLÉ MILKPAK, NESTLÉ PURELIFE and NESTLÉ FRUITA VITALS. Company performance is driven by its Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. Nestlé is based in the Swiss town of Vevey where it was founded more than 150 years ago.

 

Nestle Partners with Seed out in a Micro Financing Project

Lahore(Cliff News)In line with its commitment to promote economic empowerment, Nestlé Pakistan partnered with Seed Out by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will focus on promoting female entrepreneurs in semi-urban areas of Pakistan. This is also in complete alignment with United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 1 which focuses on ending poverty in all its form by creating more venture for employment generation.
Under this agreement, Seed Out will take the initiative of setting up NESTLÉ’s “NESCAFÉ Dhaba Project” in Muridke and Sadhoki. This will be a micro-finance project sponsored by Nestlé Pakistan which will help women set up Dhabas by giving them small loans. The repayment amount from this project will be put in the Nestlé Pakistan’s revolving fund and upon completion of the project, the amount will be used to raise new entrepreneurs, therefore, continuing relationship between Nestlé and Seed Out in the long run.
On signing of the MoU, Waqar Ahmad, Head of Corporate Affairs commented: “Nestlé Pakistan believes that women empowerment is key to boosting economic growth in Pakistan. We are looking for a long term impact by making a difference in rural areas. Research has shown support for women in entrepreneurship has been steadily on the rise across startup ecosystems worldwide, this trend can work wonders in Pakistan since women comprise 50 percent of our population.”
Zain Ashraf, President of Seed Out, who has recently received the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Award, said: “I am extremely excited about this partnership and really thankful to Nestlé Pakistan for believing in our cause and sponsoring our entrepreneurs. This is another milestone that we have reached where we encourage women empowerment.”
Nestlé Pakistan joined hands with Seed Out as it is a not-for-profit crowdfunding platform with the vision of poverty alleviation from Pakistan. Seed Out raises micro entrepreneurs by in-kind sponsorship through interest free loans to set up their business and engage in sustainable economic activity.