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Nestlé Nigeria Is Committed To Environmental Sustainability

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Nestlé Nigeria Is Committed To Environmental Sustainability

 

By: People’s Voice Nigeria | News

 

 

To work towards its vision of a waste-free future, Nestlé Nigeria takes necessary actions  to promote behavioral changes, and to build a circular ecosystem in waste management,  starting from the company’s employees and extending to the communities closest to its  operations and to a wider audience across Nigeria. 

 

With a strong commitment to help protect, renew and restore the environment, the  company is implementing many initiatives promoting Environmental Sustainability.

 

In 2022, Nestlé Nigeria launched her employee plastics collection scheme which inspires  staff to protect the environment and combat plastic pollution by inculcating the habit of  sorting wastes at source and recycling for sustainable environmental management. Through the scheme, employees return all plastic materials, not limited to the company’s  brands, and earn points culminating in exciting rewards and management recognitions.  

 

Over the years, the company has partnered with the Lagos Business School  Sustainability Centre on the “Advancing Nutrition, Health and Environmental Awareness  through the Media” training which equips journalists to effectively communicate and  educate the Nigerian populace on global best practices and lifestyle choices that impact  everyday living and carry out fact-based reporting on nutrition, health, wellness, the  environment, climate change, and corporate sustainability practices

 

 

 


Nestlé has also extended her education campaign to the younger generations through the  Sustainability Training for Kids which enables children imbibe a sustainability mindset  from an early age, thereby preparing them to become better stewards of the planet. The  training implemented in collaboration with the International Climate Change  Development Initiative (ICCDI), furnishes children with information on waste  management, introduces them to the conversion of waste to useful items, and  encourages them to adopt positive behavioral changes to enhance environmental  sustainability. The children are also taught sorting of waste at source with the donation of  segregated bins to participating schools. 

 

In Nigeria where we have a nascent waste collection system, poorly managed waste ends  up in waterways and clogs drainages, exacerbating the environmental hazards, including  flooding which we are increasingly experiencing due to the effects of climate change.  

 

Data shows that Nigeria generates more than 32 million tons of waste per year with Lagos  alone producing about 10,000 metric tons of waste daily. Addressing the plastic waste  challenge requires behavior change from all and Nestlé believes that there is no better  place to start than from within. 

 

Nestlé Nigeria is therefore collaborating internally and with external stakeholders to  address the waste challenge in line with the company’s global vision that none of its post consumer packaging waste ends up in waterways or as litter in the environment. 

 

The World Clean-Up Day commemorated annually in September, provides a platform for  Nestlé’s employees to help promote awareness on environmentally sound waste  management practices for a clean, safe and sustainable planet. Every year, volunteers  under Nestlé Cares, the company’s global employee volunteering initiative, collaborate  with the Africa Clean-Up Initiative (ACI), an NGO passionate about raising environmentally  responsible citizens, for clean-up, sensitization and advocacy on Environmental  Sustainability. 

 

This year, over 400 Nestlé employees joined the campaign by visiting twelve markets  across the country. The clean-up exercise executed in Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt,  Sagamu, Ibadan, Jos, Abuja, Awka, Ota, Agbara, Enugu and Abaji, was powered by  MAGGI, one of Nestlé’s leading brands.  

 

Nestlé Nigeria’s Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Victoria  Uwadoka, said, “At Nestlé, we are taking concrete actions to protect, renew and restore  the environment every day. We are conscious that indiscriminate waste disposal coupled  with limited recovery services aggravate the waste crisis. We also recognize that creating  awareness through advocacy is necessary on our journey towards a waste free future.  Our priorities therefore, include improving post consumption plastic waste management  by motivating behavioral changes and creating an efficient recovery system in  collaboration with other industry and community stakeholders. We are also accelerating  sustainability education through our employees, the media, our communities and children  in our Nestlé for healthier Kids beneficiary schools. The market clean-up exercises are one  of the ways we have sustained our efforts of improving our environment over the past 5  years.” 

 

 


According to Dr Alexander Akhigbe, Founder/CEO African Clean-Up Initiative,  “Participating in clean-up exercises is a great way to get involved and make a difference  in keeping our environment clean and healthy for everyone. At African Clean-Up Initiative,  we are passionate about raising environmentally responsible citizens and communities,  working for the highest good of the Planet. For this year’s exercise, we ensured the proper  management of
over 6,660kg of solid waste and 79kg of recyclables collected across all  the locations, so that they do not end up back in the environment. We are honored to be  working with Nestlé Nigeria as her implementing partners for this year’s event”.  

 

Comrade Aremu Komolafe, member of the Ojuwoye market committee in Mushin, Lagos  State expressed his pleasure with volunteers from Nestlé Nigeria who joined the traders  and market leaders to clean up the popular market in South-West Nigeria. According to  him, with the significant amount of waste generated daily due to large number of visitors  and traders buying and selling, the burden of keeping the market clean is huge. To  mitigate the situation, every Thursdays is designated by the Lagos State government for  market clean-up and sensitization of shop and stall owners on the need for proper waste  disposal. He said that the cleanup initiative by Nestlé Nigeria will support these  environmental sanitation efforts.  

 

Nestlé Nigeria is a leading member of the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA),  an Industry collaboration aimed at driving post consumption waste management and  recycling. Volunteers from the company also joined the FBRA led clean-up initiatives for  the World Clean-Up Day. 

 

Through the Nestlé Cares platform, employees have the opportunity to give back to the  society, impacting individuals and families, communities and the environment, by  volunteering their time, resources and talents. 

 

The company says it will continue to play her part to ensure a cleaner and healthier  environment across her operating locations, helping to create a more sustainable world.

 

About Nestlé Nigeria:  

Nestlé Nigeria is one of the largest food and beverage companies in Africa. For over 59 years, the  company has been delighting consumers around Nigeria by consistently delivering high quality nutritious  food.

  

With a staff strength of over 2,200 direct employees, 3 manufacturing sites, 7 branch offices and a head  office located in Lagos, the company produces and markets several iconic brands including NESTLÉ  PURELIFE, GOLDEN MORN, MILO, MAGGI and NESCAFÉ. 

 

Nestlé’s purpose is to unlock the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone today and for  generations to come.

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