Nestlé-owned Wyeth Nutritionals Ireland Ltd. has announced that its manufacturing plant in Askeaton has received a Platinum certification under the rigorous Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard. The Limerick-based site becomes the first site in Ireland, and only the second Nestlé site in the world, to earn this highest attainable rating.
This certification demonstrates the site’s elite performance in water stewardship and commitment to understanding their relationship with water, embedding the appropriate principles and measures into the factory, engaging with the local community and sharing best practices with the wider water stewardship community internationally.
Achieving a Platinum rating involves moving well beyond core AWS requirements and having significant, positive regional impacts. One of the key actions that set the site apart was its contributions to best water stewardship practices and tools development through its engagement with the Large Water Users Community of Practice in Ireland and to the international water stewardship community via the Nestle global water stewardship initiative.
“Wyeth are a true exemplar site and a wonderful representative of our >250 Community of Practice member sites here in Ireland. We are delighted that the pilot work with them has progressed so well” – Ken Stockil, Central Solutions and Chair Large Water Users Community of Practice.
Wyeth Nutrition collaborated with key partners in developing a comprehensive programme of addressing water related risks and improvement opportunities at the site over recent years. In preparing for the audit, Central Solutions Ltd., provided training and technical advisory services to Wyeth Nutrition with the support of Enterprise Ireland’s GreenPlus Programme.
The certification process culminated with expert independent auditors from UK-based BM Trada determining that the Askeaton site “has demonstrated a real world-leading commitment to water management and sustainability, going above and beyond requirements, and they should be commended for doing so” – Rob Veitch, EVP Fire and Building Products at Element.
Wyeth Nutrition Askeaton
Wyeth Nutrition supplies infant and maternal nutrition products to markets around the globe from its world class factory in Askeaton, Co. Limerick. The factory has a 600-strong experienced and dedicated workforce with deeply-embedded knowledge of the business. In 2012, Wyeth Nutrition became part of Nestlé, the largest Nutrition, Health and Wellness company in the world. Learn more at www.wyethnutrition.com.
Central Solutions specialise in developing and implementing integrated water stewardship response programmes for water companies, agencies and corporates across Europe. The company operations a number of National Support Programmes including the Large Water Users Community of Practice (CoP) in Ireland. Learn more at www.central-solutions.com.
Large Water Users CoP
Established in 2013 with support from the EPA’s Green Enterprise Call, the Large Water Users CoP currently has a membership of >250 of the largest production and service facilities across Ireland including global leaders, key national stakeholders and development agencies. The network provides a platform for organisations to exchange new ideas and foster new thinking around the most pressing water-related challenges of today. Learn more at www.smartwater.ie.
BM TRADA, part of the Element Group, specializes in providing a comprehensive range of independent testing, inspection, certification, technical and training services, and has been offering AWS certification since 2015. BM TRADA helps organizations to demonstrate their business and product credentials and to improve performance and compliance.
Alliance for Water Stewardship
AWS is a global membership-based collaboration that unites organizations behind its mission: To lead a global network that promotes responsible use of freshwater that is socially and economically beneficial and environmentally sustainable. AWS achieves this through a global water stewardship system, centred on the International Water Stewardship Standard (the AWS Standard), that drives, recognizes, and rewards good water stewardship performance. Learn more at www.a4ws.org/.
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