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Written by  Oct 13, 2016
Nestlé has hosted a section of Journalists from the Parliamentary Press Corps for a tour of its Tema factory, one of the seven factories in Central and West Africa. The company has highlighted its commitments to building  healthy  lives  and  inclusive  communities  through  its  Creating  Shared  Value,  safety  and  quality standards.  Speaking to the journalists, Ama Amoah, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Manager for Nestlé Ghana said that “Creating Shared Value is a fundamental part of Nestlé’s way of doing business that focuses on specific areas of Nestlé’s core business activities; where value can best be created for both for society and shareholders. Any business that thinks long-term and follows sound business principles creates value for shareholders and for society through its activities, in terms of jobs for workers, taxes to support public services, and economic  activity in general.   CSV interests are in long-term gains rather than  short-term publicity wins”.  Addressing  the  group  of  journalists,  the  Factory  Manager  for  Nestlé  Ghana,  Gbenga  Oladunjoye emphasized  the  company’s  commitment  to  ensuring  quality  and  safety  of  its  products  with  a  strong adherence to compliance. Nestlé Ghana’s Tema factory produces Milo, Ideal,  Nescafé and Cerelac for both the  Ghanaian  and  Central  and  West  African  market  and  beyond.  The  company  has  made  significant contributions to intra- sub-regional trade. More than 85% of Nestlé products sold in Central and West Africa are manufactured locally.    Nestlé has made 39 global commitments in the areas of nutrition, water, rural development and responsible sourcing, people, compliance and human rights.  Nutrition Commitments  Through its Nutrition commitments the company has introduced  the  Nestlé Healthy Kids  which  provides Nutrition education to children of school going age. More than 81, 000 children have benefitted from the programme in Central and West Africa since 2011. In Ghana, the programme has benefitted 40,000 children in Central, Western, Eastern, Ashanti and Northern Regions.  The company has also trained more than 6,500 Health Care Professionals through the Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa in Central and West Africa Region. Nestlé commits to provide nutritious foods and beverages. More than 157 million servings of Nestlé fortified products were consumed daily in 2015 within the region.  Rural Development  In Ghana, Nestlé is faced with a number of challenges in securing a reliable supply of cocoa, ranging from a decline in the quality of cocoa plants and the limited appeal of agricultural work to the younger generation. To address these issues, the company has committed to help Ghanaian farmers run profitable farms and improve their lives through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.  The  Plan  is  implemented  globally  in  cocoa  growing  communities  where  Nestlé  sources  cocoa  for  its confectionary brands like KitKat. It aims to increase cocoa farms’ profitability, secure high-quality cocoa for the business, and address issues like gender inequality and poor social conditions. Nestlé works in close collaboration with agro-partners Source Trust (a non-profit of Ecom Trading, formerly Armajaro),  to  train  farmers  on  sustainable  agricultural  practices,  and  improve  access  to  education  for  children. Farmers are also given on Gender Awareness training. Farmers who are part of the Plan receive premiums for investing in sustainable and  traceable cocoa production. 6,684 farmers have been trained through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, as at end of 2015.   Nestlé sources UTZ certified cocoa from these communities. By buying only certified cocoa, Nestlé helps to promote sustainable production of traceable cocoa. This means that along the production chain, we can trace the cocoa beans to the exact farmer community. Through Farm audits, Farmers obtain certification, based on their performance in record keeping, management and use of the appropriate labour, and good environmental practices.   In  many  Cocoa  growing  areas,  there  is  no  or  little  access  to  potable  drinking  water.  Through  a  joint partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross, Nestlé will be building boreholes and assisting some  selected  cocoa  growing  communities.  Already,  through  Ecoms/  Source  Trust,  Nestlé  has  built  8 boreholes in cocoa growing areas in the Eastern and Ashanti Regions.  To support education, Nestlé has built three schools in Mankraso, Antoakrom and Akim Oda in the Eastern and Ashanti Regions. The establishment of the school means that now children in the community do not have to travel long distances to nearby communities.  Nestlé has also built four Village Resource Centres in Suhum,  Nkawkaw  and  Akim  Oda  in  the  Eastern  Region.  Pupils  in  these  communities  have  access  to Information & Communication Technology training.  Through the Nestlé Grains Quality Improvement Project, Nestlé sources locally grains from the three Northern Regions and some parts of Brong Ahafo and Eastern Regions.  One  of  the  priorities  of  the  Nestlé  Grains  Quality  Improvement  Project  (NGQIP)  is  to  reduce  the  high  levels  of mycotoxins in cereals, dried fruits and nuts sourced from Central and West Africa.  NGQIP is a programme designed to help farmers produce quality raw materials which can be purchased by Nestlé for its Central and West African regional factories.  The programme also helps farmers produce better quality grain which can generate higher revenue for them and thereby improve their livelihood.   The training focuses on the best practices necessary for growing quality grains, harvesting, packaging and storage. Through the Grains Quality Improvement Project, Nestlé sources locally grains used for production.         Environmental Sustainability  In  Ghana,  Nestlé  works  in  close  collaboration  with  the  Environmental  Protection  Agency  and  the  Ministry  of Environment,  Science,  Technology  and  Innovation  to  ensure  that  continuous  implementation  of  its  best  in  class manufacturing and waste disposal processes.  The Tema Factory is, together with all our factories in the Central and West Africa Region, ISO 140001 certified. This certification is given to organisations for their environmental management best practices such as switching to cleaner fuels, investing in renewable energy, optimising distribution networks, and helping to adapt agricultural and production systems to the changing climate.  Waste Water Treatment  In Ghana, the company has invested CHF 1.1 million in an Ultra Filtration-Reverse Osmosis system at our Tema factory to improve the quality of waste water. The system also enables Nestlé to reuse 30% of Waste Water Treatment Plant effluent for non-core activities, reducing the total factory water consumption by 10%.      Nestlé Ghana  Corporate Communications & Public Affairs   

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