Achieving sustainability through lean production A Nestlé case study
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Sustainability and Nestlé in Society are at the heart of everything that Nestlé does. Nestlé’s £35 million investment in a new state-of-the-art bottling plant demonstrates this commitment. Every aspect of the new site was carefully planned to ensure maximum efficiency and sustainability. Waste can have an impact on many areas of operations. It can have negative financial, environmental and social implications.
With help from experts in lean production, Nestlé Waters was able to critically audit the old site to establish where improvements could be made. From this audit strategic plans were created for the design of the new site. As well as creating efficiencies to financially benefit the company, Nestlé Waters focused on the societal benefit too, by building with careful design and technologies for the environmental benefits that the new factory could create. This included improvements to the local community and sustainability of the site. For example, using locally sourced materials improved the economy and brought employment to the area. Reducing the site’s environmental impact also supported Nestlé’s values. The resulting design means that the new factory is one of Europe’s most innovative and efficient bottling facilities and has allowed significant reductions to the environmental impact of the business.
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