BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Nestle's operations in Palestine were awarded international environmental, health and safety certificates on Tuesday, the multinational food company said in a statement.
The International Organization for Standardization officially certified environmental management inside the companies warehouses and offices, while the Occupational Health & Safety Advisory Services certified the company's health and safety practices.
"This ISO certification is a demonstration of Nestle's commitment to environmental protection through conserving water and energy and calculating environmental risks at its Palestine operations," the company said.
It added that the OHSAS award "confirmed the company’s prioritizing of health and safety by ensuring a secure work setting for its employees."
"Nestle’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."
Nestle became the first multinational food company to establish full operations in the occupied Palestinian territories in 1997, founding headquarters in Bethlehem with additional facilities in Nablus.
The company currently employs 40 staff members in the West Bank and works with two distributors in Gaza, the company said.
Nestle has a longer history in the wider Middle East, with its first import operation set up in Lebanon in 1934.
The multinational company now operates 18 factories across the region and employs more than 11,000 people.