By Onuwa Lucky Joseph
More than 3,000 kg of waste was removed and properly disposed of by over 200 enthusiastic Nestle volunteers, who, to mark Clean-Up Day 2021, cleaned up seven markets across Nigeria.
This was made possible under Nestlé Cares, the company’s global staff volunteering platform. World Clean-up Day unites countries, communities and volunteers across the world for
clean-up exercises, promoting the need for proper management of waste and raising
global awareness and action for a cleaner planet.
Wassim Elhusseini, Managing Director and CEO of Nestlé Nigeria PLC, who joined the clean-up exercise in Lagos, said “At Nestlé Nigeria, we continue to take progressive steps on the journey towards ensuring a waste free future in line with our global commitment to preserving the environment.”
“We are committed”, he continued, “to leading lasting and impactful change in tackling waste pollution through initiatives like this clean-up exercise. We not only contribute to driving solutions by taking concrete action, but we also aim to raise awareness and promote behavioral change on proper waste management, beginning within our company”. He declared his happiness at seeing “over 200 Nestlé Cares volunteers joining the cleanup exercise in markets
This is the third year that Nestlé Nigeria is collaborating with other stakeholders and partners to take action to protect the environment. Alexander Akhigbe, Founder/CEO African Clean-up Initiative, implementing partner for the Nestlé Cares cleanup exercise said, “We are delighted to work with Nestlé for this year’s World Cleanup Day. The challenge of indiscriminate waste disposal is glaring and requires sustained multi-sector efforts to address. Everyone has a role to play in keeping the environment clean, as this is the only planet we have.”
In 2018, the company revealed that it was taking steps globally to promote environmental sustainability through well-orchestrated efforts based on three pillars:
1. The first is to phase out all non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle plastics and replace these with alternative materials that are recyclable or even biodegradable by 2025.
2. The second pillar is to achieve a waste-free future by driving projects to prevent further accumulation of plastic in the environment and also collaborating with stakeholders and organizations to achieve this.
3. The third pillar is driving behavioral change through education and awareness beginning within the organisation.
In 2020, the company also announced her global commitment to halve her greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050.
Nestlé Nigeria is a leading member of the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) which drives Industry collaboration on post consumption waste management and recycling.