Achieving sustainability through lean production
A Nestlé case study

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Page 5: Benefits of lean production

Nestle 18 Image 4Nestlé Waters uses lean production techniques to bring benefits other than gains to efficiency and quality. It also helps to create social and environmental benefits. Social benefits are those shared by the communities in which Nestlé operates. For example, the Waterswallows site in Buxton was designed to include a butterfly planting scheme. Working with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the local Butterfly Conservation Group, Nestlé Waters planted wild flowers within the factory grounds to attract butterflies back to the area. As part of Nestlé Waters’ Creating Shared Value it has worked with the local community on projects including its on-the-go recycling programme and Project WET. Project WET is an educational school initiative which helps teachers and children learn about the vital role water plays in our lives.

A further benefit is employment, not just directly at the site, but as a result of building the new site. When building the new factory Nestlé Waters sourced the majority of its materials and labour from within a 50 mile radius of the site. This had a positive impact on the local economy whilst decreasing the amount of transport required for materials, reducing the site’s carbon footprint. The new factory has also increased the number of apprenticeships and graduate roles that Nestlé can offer. Whilst the old site used agency and temporary workers, the new site employs over 100 full-time staff, drawn from the local workforce.

Environmental impacts

Nestlé Waters’ focus on the environmental impacts of the new site goes well beyond those mentioned previously. There is a sustainable urban drainage system that manages the rainwater that runs off the site. An innovative heat recovery system has been designed to reduce waste and the impact on the environment. This system transfers heat from the bottling lines to the warehouse and offices, reducing the total energy output of the site further. Classic Derbyshire dry stone walls have reinstate field patterns and defined the boundaries of the site, ensuring it is in keeping with the surrounding areas using sustainable building practices.

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