We’ve picked ten o the CEO Water Mandatesignatory companies and looked at their publicdisclosures. We ound a range o approaches,some detailed, some not and we’ve groupedthem into those tackling the elephant in theroom, and those only just getting started.
Water is identifed as one o the three keyissues that Bayer ace. Bayer communicatean understanding o the business benefts,have a vested interest in good watermanagement because it needs to cooland operate production acilities, and usetechnology to come up with solutions to theissue. Bayer ocus on innovative solutions toareas such as eective wastewater cleaning,energy efciency through nanotechnologyand solutions or agriculture.
Carlsberg uses 3.7 hectolitres o water tomake 1 hectolitre o beer (2008) making itthe most efcient global brewing companyin terms o water use. And it plans to cutuse by a urther 11% by 2012, taking wateruse down to 3.3hl per hl o beer. It aimsto establish partnerships with local andinternational organisations to urther improvewater efciency. Carlsberg Poland’s BosmanBrewery is operating one o Europe’s mostcompact and efcient waste water treatmentplants – one o less than ten in the world at themoment. We look orward to reading moreabout progress against promises soon.
With 1.6 billion servings consumed each day,Coca-Cola uses a lot o water to make it’sdrinks. Globally it uses 2.43 litres o water oreach litre o drinks produced, in the UKthis drops to an impressive 1.5 litres. It istargeting a 20% improvement in waterefciency by 2012 based on 2004 fgures.Global action includes water-risk surveysor each o their 79 production acilitiesand Coca-Cola is looking to beneft romcollective action: “to magniy our eorts,we work with peer industries, sharing bestpractices and benchmarking our progress”.A good example o a company tackling theissue head on and in a collective way – butit is one o it’s biggest issues.
People who will suerwater shortages as aresult o a 2–3°C rise inglobal temperatures.O Fortune 1000 companies*said they actually were preparedor the crisis.
H&M does not own any production acilitiesso aim to fnd solutions or impacts within thesupply chain – not only with its direct suppliersbut deeper in the supply chain with indirectsuppliers. H&M see’s this as essential toestablishing an accurate water ootprint. Theaim is to broaden initiatives on the issue toocus on water consumption in addition towastewater, particularly in abric productionand dyeing. H&M realises the inuence itcan have on suppliers to help resolveindirect impacts and bring about positivechange, a good example o meeting thesupply chain and collective action elementso the Water Mandate.
Nestlé is probably the most advanced o thebatch in terms o the time it has dedicatedto the subject. Water is one o its three keyissues and being the world’s leading bottledwater company so it should be. In 2008 itachieved its water targets and reducedwater withdrawal per tonne o productionby 6%. Nestlé’s combined long-term andshort-term approach has resulted in a totalreduction in water withdrawals per tonneo products by a massive 58% since 1999.
Reed Elsevier’s strength lies in robustmeasurement o progress against targetsand clear presentation o data: “Absolutewater usage decreased 9% rom 485,951 m
in 2007 to 441,905 m
in 2008, allowing us toexceed our fve year 10% reduction target. Ona normalised basis, we achieved an equivalent24% reduction between 2007 and 2008 anda 35% reduction between 2003 and 2008”.Good perormance on reducing water impactsand communicating year-on-year data in acomparable and transparent manner.
Tackling the elephant in the room
O Fortune 1000 companies*agree that the impact o a watershortage on their business wouldbe ‘severe’ or ‘catastrophic’.