Engaging with our suppliers

Our commitment: Engage with suppliers, especially those in agriculture



Our commitment: Engage with suppliers, especially those in agriculture

Improving water management in our agricultural supply chains

Our greatest challenge in responsible water stewardship, as well as our biggest opportunity, lies in addressing impacts within our supply chains. Significant improvements in water efficiency can be made through better agricultural techniques at a farm level. These help our suppliers to be more productive and resilient, and ensure a reliable supply of raw ingredients for our products.

We train farmers in water-scarce locations on water use, water quality and soil moisture, while our research and development teams develop drought-resistant cocoa and coffee trees.

Progress against our objectives


Our objectives Our results

By 2020: Implement all action plans defined for improved water management in our upstream supply chain for coffee, sugar, dairy and cereals in high-priority locations.

We have over 40 projects in water-stressed areas (in 28 countries).

Engaging with our suppliers

Our greatest challenge in responsible water stewardship, as well as our biggest opportunity, lies in addressing impacts within our supply chains. Significant improvements in water efficiency can be made through better agricultural techniques at a farm level. These help our suppliers to be more productive, efficient and resilient, and ensure a reliable supply of raw ingredients for our products.

To help us continue to meet our commitment to engage with suppliers, especially those in agriculture, we train farmers in water-scarce locations on water use, water quality and soil moisture, while our research and development teams develop drought-resistant cocoa and coffee trees.