Improving water efficiency

Our commitment: Work to achieve water efficiency and sustainability across our operations



Our commitment: Work to achieve water efficiency and sustainability across our operations

Reducing withdrawal per tonne of product and reusing more water in our operations

Water is key to our business. We use it to process our foods and beverages, and for cooling and cleaning equipment. The ingredients we source need water to grow. And individuals and families need it to consume many of our products. We must therefore use water as efficiently as possible.

Around a third of our factories are located in water-stressed areas. While we have made real progress in recent years, we are willing to drive further improvements.

Progress against our objectives


Our objectives Our results

By 2020: Reduce direct water withdrawals per tonne of product in every product category to achieve an overall reduction of 35% since 2010.

By 2020: Carry out 40 new Water Resource Reviews (WRRs) in selected manufacturing facilities and all greenfield sites.

By 2020: Implement 10 new water stewardship initiatives in selected locations, with specific focus on high-priority manufacturing facilities.

Reduced water withdrawals by 28.7% per tonne of product since 2010.

WRRs completed at 164 sites to date.

Implemented water stewardship initiatives in 578 locations.