The World’s People NeedFree, Clean, Drinkable Water
Worldwide, abou 1.5 million children under he age o ivedie annually due o illnesses conraced rom conaminaeddrinking waer and unsae saniaion.
Approximaely 1.2billion people in he world live in regions wih scarce waerresources, wih 500 million more people on he brink o asimilar siuaion.
Anoher 1.6 billion people ace economicwaer shorages,
which according o UN Waer means haheir counries “lack he necessary inrasrucure o akewaer rom rivers and aquiers.”
And wha many Americansmay no realize is ha he Unied Saes is no immune romhe hrea o waer shorages.
Ye he botled waer indusry akes advanage o he waercrisis by proiing o o dwindling supplies, selling o hewaer in our aquiers and commodiying a common resourceha’s essenial or all lie on Earh.When botlers are no selling municipal waer,
hey arepumping and selling common waer resources ha belong ohe public. These pumping operaions can harm he environ-men and naural resources ha communiies rely on.
Simi-larly, ransporing he botled waer across hundreds o milesspews carbon dioxide ino he air, complicaing our eors ocomba global climae change.
According o a sudy by researchers or he Paciic Insiue,he manuacure, producion and ransporaion o botledwaer is 1,100 o 2,000 imes as energy inensive as hereamen and disribuion o ap waer,
and in 2007, U.S.botled waer consumpion had an energy-inpu equiva-len o beween 32 and 54 million barrels o oil.
Over hecourse o a year, ha amoun o energy could uel anywherebeween 1.2 and 2.1 million cars, or an average o 1.6 millioncars annually.
Abou 77 percen o PET plasic waer botles are no recycledand end up in landills, as liter or incineraed.
a Nestlé Annual Report 2009 at 29b Nestlé Annual Report 2011 at 43c Nestlé Annual Report 2012 at 47A This is a “restated” number using new Accounting Methods. See *footnote below.
This was brought to our attention in May 2013 when Nestlé Waters North America’s Media and Corporate Communications
report incomparable to 2012.”
Due to lack of transparency regarding the methodology, we were not able to duplicate this new accounting method processfor the 2007–2009 numbers. However, a Nestlé press release regarding the matter stated that the new method “will reduceNestlé reported sales by about 15%.”
Thus, we reduced the 2007 to 2009 numbers by 15 percent to estimate sales repre-
Tap” about how the company’s sales continue to struggle.
Europe3.873.623.202.652.442.21-43%U.S. and Canada4.353.883.783.673.243.69-15%Other0.6250.6510.7260.8840.8431.27104%
Table 1a. Nestlé Waters Sales (in Billions of Swiss Francs), Adjusted
Nestlé Waters Sales
Percent Increase or Decreasein Sales from 2007 to 2012*