Nestlé in Palestine GarnersInternational Environmental, Health & Safety Certifications for its Warehouse and Offices Operations
Achievements that further reinforce environmental sustainability, safety and health commitments recently published in first Nestlé in Society report for the Middle East
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Occupational Health & Safety Advisory Services (OHSAS) havegranted Nestlé’s Palestine warehouse and offices operationsthe ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification, and the OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Assessment System certification.
This ISO certificationis ademonstration of Nestlécommitment to environmental protection through conserving water and energy and calculating environmental risks at its Palestine operations, while the OHSAS award confirmed the company’s prioritizing of health and safety by ensuring a secure work settingfor its employees.
“Nestlé in Palestine follows a rigorous internal Safety, Health and Environmental guide, in line with Nestlé’s recently published Creating Shared Valuecommitments to society in the Middle East which include ensuring that all Nestlé units have the necessary systems in place to deliver the same level of basic safety and health protection for all employees,” explained Anton Hazboun, Nestlé’s General Business Manager in Palestine. “Itentails training employees on issues such as civil defence, safe driving, safety at work and more.”
At the end of 2014, all Nestléfactories in the region were certified for OHSAS 18001,in addition to its distribution centers in Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon.The company continues to focus on safety in all its operations, including within its offices and everyday activities.
Nestlé’s regional commitment to improve resource efficiency in its operations is also applied in Palestine through various means, including a program to tackle vehicle gas emissions and emergency electricity generator noise levels, as well as partnering with local municipalities on waste sorting and recycling.
Nestlé in Palestine
In November 1997, Nestlé became the first multinational Food and Beverages company to invest in the establishment of full operations in Palestine with the creation of Nestlé Trading P.L.C.Headquartered in Bethlehem with additional facilities in Nablus, Nestlé employs a staff of 40 and collaborates with two distributors in Gaza to serve the people of Palestine a wide portfolio of products.
The Nestlé in Society Report for the Middle East and Creating Shared Value commitments are available on: www.nestle-me.com/en/csv
About Nestlé Middle East
Nestlé Middle East’s heritage goes back 80 years to 1934 when the first import operation was set up in Lebanon. Today, Nestlé Middle East owns and operates 18 factories and provides direct employment to more than 11,000 people and indirect employment to several thousand more.
The Nestlé portfolio in the region currently exceeds 60 innovative product brands in a wide range of categories: dairy products and infant nutrition, bottled water, chocolate and confectionery, coffee creamers, breakfast cereals, and culinary products, among others. Nestlé Nido, Nestlé NAN, S-26, Progress, Maggi, Nescafé, Kit Kat, Coffeemate, Nestlé Cerelac, Nestlé Pure Life, Nespresso and Nestlé Fitness are just some of the brands available in the Middle East.