By Sammy Agyei
Nestlé Ghana, a Ghanaian food beverages manufacturing company, has built a (Swiss Francs) CHF $3.1 million waste treatment plant, to significantly improve the quality treatment of waste water from the factory to ensure water and environmental sustainability at Tema factory. The treatment plant sited close to the Nestle Ghana factory at Tema, in the Greater Accra region
Gbenga Oladunjoye, the Factory Manager of Nestlé Ghana, said environmental sustainability to Nestle “means protecting the future by making the right choices, in a world where natural resources are constrained, biodiversity is declining, and where climate change may exacerbate these challenges.” The factory manager said this when members of the Press Corps of Ghana’s Parliament paid a facility visit and toured the factory, as part of a familiarization tour to some factories in the country.
He explained that in 2012, the company invested more than CHF 2 Million in the new waste water treatment plant,which significantly improved the treatment quality of the waste water at the factory. “We have further invested CHF 1.1 million in an Ultra Filtration-Reverse Osmosis system at our Tema factory to improve the quality of waste water, which helps us to reuse 30 per cent of Waste Water Treatment Plant effluence for non-core activities, thereby reducing the total factory water consumption by 10 per cent,” he added.
According to him, the factory has significantly reduced its water usage since building the plant. “We will continue to actively manage our commitments to the environment for a sustainable growth and improvement of the communities and countries in which we operate”, he said.
Nestlé Ghana, according him, believes that in order for the factory to prosper, would need the communities in which it operates as well prosper, which would result in healthy populations, economies and reinforce a healthy business performance. Also as part of their social responsibility to support education, Nestlé Ghana has built three schools in Mankraso,
Antoakrom and AKim Oda in the Ashanti and Eastern Regions.The establishment of the school, Nestlé said, means that” now children in these communities do not have to travel
long distances to other communities to attend school. Nestlé has also built four Village Resource Centres in Suhum, Nkawkaw and Akim Oda in the Eastern Region.
School children in these communities now have access to Information and Communication Technology trainin,
sponsored by Ghana Nestlé.