SABMiller was a pioneer in the use of water footprints to better understand ecological and business risks around water.
Our bespoke water risk assessment process helps us to better understand the nature and extent of local water risk.
It gives us a detailed, watershed-level, site-by-site picture of our water exposure. The process begins with a one-off mapping of watershed and identification of key policies, regulations and stakeholders. On an annual basis we assess water risks and profile stakeholders, work that informs specific action plans for each prioritised risk and guides the way we engage with different stakeholders.
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While water scarcity is a risk to our business operations, it can also have severe human and economic consequences for local communities. Nearly all of our breweries have now evaluated their exposure to water risk using our bespoke water risk assessment process. Each brewery has identified and prioritised risks and developed action plans in consultation with local stakeholders.
Our focus is now on implementing these action plans – with the aim of effectively mitigating the risks water scarcity poses both to our sites and to local communities. Water risks – and the appropriate response – vary by watershed. The four most frequently recurring risks we face are shown in the table below.