Nestlé Waters has strengthened its collaboration with the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), with plans to certify 20 factories by 2020 as part of its commitment to address shared water challenges and ensure the sustainability of resources.

The company has already certified four Nestlé Waters bottling facilities in Sheikhupura, Pakistan, and in California (Ontario, Sacramento and Livermore). It plans to certify additional sites in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the US.

AWS is the first global water stewardship standard for measuring responsible water stewardship across social, environmental and economic criteria. In the certification process, independent bodies verify progress against 30 core AWS criteria.

Maurizio Patarnello, Nestlé Waters’ chief executive, said: “Collaborating with AWS is a new step on our water stewardship journey. It will allow us to engage further with local communities to secure the sustainability of the local water resources where we operate. By broadly implementing the AWS standard, we will pave the way and show that meaningful collaboration is possible for the future of water.’’