Water stewardship is a longstanding strategic priority for us and we are focused on preserving this critical resource, particularly in water-stressed areas. By applying a comprehensive, strategy and working closely in partnership with many stakeholders, we aim to achieve an overall positive water impact in our supply chains and beyond.
Our strategy builds on the holistic, context-based approach of the past decade – recognising the multiple inter-dependencies between our use of water and the impact on communities, supply chains and the environment. It’s a ‘grain to glass’ approach which supports farmers (especially smallholders), improves water use in our operations, replenishes water in water stressed catchments, provides clean water to our communities, and strongly advocates for more collective action for a better water world for everyone.
To achieve this we set ambitious targets for 2030:
- 30% improvement in water use efficiency globally and 40% in water stressed areas
- Replenish all direct consumptive water used in water stressed areas by 2026
- Complete 150 community water projects, including providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene
- All of our sites in our priority water basins engaged in collective action to improve water security and certified to the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard.
Partnership, collective action, and collaboration is at the heart of our strategy and key to us achieving our ambition to help deliver SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation for All.