Water efficiency

Our commitment:
Work to achieve water efficiency across our operations

Our objectives

A waste water treatment plant operator takes samples at our factory in Lipa in the Philippines.
Waste water treatment: A plant operator at our factory in Lipa, Philippines, taking a water sample.

By 2015 – Reduce direct water withdrawals per tonne of product in every product category to achieve an overall reduction of 40% since 2005.

By 2015 – Establish and implement detailed guidelines on human rights to water and sanitation due diligence.

By 2016 – Define water stewardship initiatives and start implementation in five high-priority locations.

By 2016 – Implement water savings projects in 100% of high-priority manufacturing facilities.

By 2016 – Carry out 45 new water resources reviews in selected manufacturing facilities, and all greenfield sites.

Our progress

In 2013, we reduced direct water withdrawals in every product category, achieving an overall reduction per tonne of product of 33% since 2005. We have carried out nine water resource reviews at new facilities, bringing the global number of factories reviewed to 126. Recently, we have identified and prioritised a selection of manufacturing facilities for further improvement (based on water-related physical risks and impacts) and a set of key areas where catchment-level stewardship initiatives will take place.

Our perspective

We have achieved substantial improvements in water efficiency in recent years, against many competing priorities, and will continue to do so. But seeking new opportunities requires a creative and, at times, pioneering approach and a desire to act both inside and outside of our organisation. By continuing to engage our people with the national and local water stewardship agenda, they can see the issues first hand and prioritise opportunities for shared value with our suppliers, partners and stakeholders.

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