At SABMiller we tackle water stress by understanding our water risk and working with others to manage both the demand and supply of water
World Water Week starts in Stockholm on Sunday 23 August. As the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues, it’s the perfect place to meet NGOs, businesses, agencies and government representatives with an interest in water.
Our Head of Water Security and Environmental Value, Andre Fourie (@AndreFourie2030), and Manager for Water Risk & Partnership, David Grant (@DaveCGrant), will be there representing SABMiller. Some of topics they’ll be covering as part of the programme and side events include: how the private sector will support the delivery of the water goal in the UN’s new Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and the role of water in prosperity and growth.
At SABMiller we are working towards a resilient world where our business, local communities and ecosystems share uninterrupted access to safe, clean water.
We will secure shared water resources for our business and local communities. Brewery by brewery, we are building a detailed understanding of water risks. We create partnerships to tackle these risks with those that share them.
By 2020, our target is to:
- Secure the water supplies we share with local communities through partnerships to tackle shared water risks
- Further reduce water use to 3.0 litres of water per litre of beer and 1.8 litres of water per litre of soft drink
- Have programmes in place to mitigate shared water risks for our key crop origins at risk
Focus on India
SABMiller India will also be represented at the conference, and is an excellent example of the ways in which a business can interact with its value chains and communities to protect a shared resource.
India has long been known as the world’s largest democracy, and its population is forecast to rise from 1.2 billion people today to 1.5 billion by 2030 – a point at which it may even overtake China as the world’s most populous nation.
A rising population is one of the principal reasons why water stress has become an important issue in India. Government census figures indicate that by 2011 each Indian citizen had on average 15% less water available to them than a decade before.
As significant users of water to brew beer, our Indian breweries have a responsibility to their local communities to do what they can to mitigate water risk. Apart from addressing water efficiency within the breweries themselves – which on average improved by 32% between 2008 and 2011 – we undertook detailed hydrological risk assessments for the areas in which we operate, and found that a number were under various levels of threat.