In a bid to rid the ocean of plastic waste, Nestlé employees and partners
volunteered to clean-up Afia Beach in the Korle Klottey Municipality in the
Greater Accra region. The exercise is in line with the Company’s global
employee volunteering initiative “Nestlé Cares” and its broader vision to
achieve a waste-free future.
Addressing the plastic waste challenge requires behavior change from all
and Nestlé believes that there is no better place to start than from
within. This is why 310 Nestlé employees volunteered to clean and collected
13.5 tonnes of waste including 3.2 tonnes plastic along the shoreline which
will then be recycled or recovered. Volunteers were from the company’s 4
sites in Ghana namely, its Central and West Africa regional Headquarters,
Nestlé Business Services (a shared service center for Africa), Nestlé Ghana
Ltd. head office and its factory in Tema.
Inspired by the words of Nestlé Global CEO, Mark Schneider, “Collective
action is vital, which is why we are also engaging consumers, business
partners and our Nestlé colleagues to play their part”, Nestlé company
partnered with the Korle-Klottey Municipal Assembly, the Ministry of
Sanitation and Water Resources, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
and the District Directorate of Health to commemorate World Oceans Day. The
company also partnered the largest waste-management company in Ghana,
Zoomlion who supported with tools and equipment as well the recycling or
recovery of collected waste.
Speaking at the event, the Market Head of Nestlé Central and West Africa,
Remy Ejel said, “through this initiative, we are fostering good behavior
about sustainable disposal of plastic waste. This is also one way we bring
to life our purpose of “ enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future
””. He added, “We can only attain the Sustainable Development Goals by
showing commitment and working together to steward resources for future
According to Philomena Tan, Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana, “Caring for
the environment requires more than commitment, therefore, at Nestlé we
ensure that we bring our commitments to life by walking the talk. We want
to ensure that we create value in society by making societal challenges and
business needs intersect”. “We will continue to play our part to ensure a
cleaner and healthier environment where we operate”, she added.
In Ghana, over 3, 000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated each day with
less than 2% recycled. It is estimated that more than 250,000 tonnes, 23%
of all plastic waste generated in Ghana are expected to flow into the
Atlantic Ocean, according to the US Embassy in Ghana.
In a solidarity message delivered on his behalf, Acting Executive Director
of the Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. John Alexis Pwamang said
government recognizes that plastics are a source of wealth thus are working
with stakeholders to develop comprehensive strategy that would deal with
the plastic menace”. He added that government has already started working
to ensure that solid and liquid effluent from industries are treated before
they are discharged”. He commended Nestlé for taking the initiative and
encouraged other companies to do same.
Mr. Kweku Quansah, Deputy Director Environmental Health and Sanitation
Directorate of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources on his side
“Environmental Sanitation is a shared responsibility; Government alone
cannot resolve the issue surrounding the environment, likewise corporate
organizations. It is therefore important to work together with the private
sector to take actions to protect the environment. Mr. Kwansah also called
for public sensitization on waste management as means to safeguarding the
environment. “Behavioral change and law enforcement is key to maintaining
healthier environment”, he added.
In the past week, employees of Nestlé have carried out similar clean-up
activities across the region such including Angola , Côte d’Ivoire,
Cameroon and Nigeria Senegal, with the goal of shaping a waste-free future
and caring for the planet. In April 2018, the world’s largest food and
beverage announced a series of specific actions towards meeting its
to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
In Ghana, Nestlé is a founding member of the Ghana Recycling Initiative by
Private Enterprises, a coalition of manufacturing companies advocating for
plastic waste management.