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Securing shared water resources for our business and local communities

We want a resilient world where our business, local communities and ecosystems share uninterrupted access to safe, clean water.

Water scarcity is one of the most significant impacts of climate change and already affects more than 40% of the global population1. This  is a serious issue and has major implications for a global brewer: put simply, no water, no beer. At the same time, water scarcity is holding back economic and social development for hundreds of millions of people around the world. Tackling this successfully will release untapped prosperity for everyone – from the smallest farmers to global manufacturing businesses and entire national economies.

Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to ensure access to water and sanitation for all by 2030. Within this sit targets for reducing water use, improving water quality, and managing water resources in an integrated way that involves local communities, business and civil society.

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

1United Nations, 2016

Performance highlights 2016

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