Water reduction and stewardship

Water is the primary ingredient of our products, central to our manufacturing process and necessary to grow the agricultural ingredients we use.

Ensuring good quality safe water in sufficient quantities, as well as access to clean water and sanitation are essential to the health of people and ecosystems and vital for sustaining communities and supporting economic growth.

By 2030, the impact of climate change will further increase risks to availability and quality of local water resources for our bottling operations and the countries from which we source ingredients. Therefore, we strongly believe that the private sector should drive sustainable solutions to the water challenges of today, not only as a societal obligation but also as an intrinsic business priority.

Our actions take place along each part of our value chain:

  • undertaking  Source Vulnerability Assessments in 100% of our manufacturing sites, which serves a basis for our Source Water Protection Plan;
  • actively reducing the amount of water used in the production of our beverages and treat wastewater at levels that support aquatic life;
  • partnering with suppliers to minimise our water footprint across the entire value chain;
  • investing in community water conservation projects designed to replenish the water we use through innovative sustainable technologies;
  • delivering European Water Stewardship or Alliance for Water Stewardship certification at all of our manufacturing sites.

We acknowledge that the local context is of the highest importance when designing water actions. As part of Mission 2025, we have committed to reducing water use by 20% in plants located in water risk areas vs. the baseline of 2017 and to helping secure water availability for communities in those areas. Together with other stakeholders in those watersheds, we want to make sure that these communities retain access to safe, good quality water.

Our water risk assessment, which is carried out via globally accredited tools, tells us that 16 of our bottling plants are operating in water-risk areas. Most of these are in Nigeria, with challenges related to water access and sanitation (WASH). Other locations include Greece, Cyprus and Armenia, where we are focusing primarily on water-replenishment activities and improving water quality.

When we built our Mission 2025 sustainability goals, we used global tools such as the WWF Water Risk Filter and WRI Aqueduct to identify specific risks at water basin level for all our territories. For the 17 identified manufacturing sites with potential medium to high risk, we set the following goals:

  • reduce water used per litre of beverage by 20% by 2025 vs. 2017;
  • help secure water availability for all our communities in water risk areas.

Our Action on Water helps to support the following UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation;
  • Goal 15: Life on Land;
  • Goal 14: Life below Water.