PepsiCo has achieved a more than 15 percent improvement in water use efficiency as compared to the company’s 2006 baseline, according to the company’s inaugural water report .
The food and beverage company also is achieving “positive water balance” in India. Through direct seeding initiatives, the company replenished nearly six billion liters of water across India, exceeding the total intake of approximately five billion liters of water by its manufacturing facilities.
The company also is providing access to clean water to one million people by 2011, as a result of the more than $15 million pledged by PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation since 2005 to safe water and sanitation initiatives in developing countries.
The release of the report, “Water Stewardship: Good for Business. Good for Society,” coincides with PepsiCo’s participation in Stockholm International Water Institute’s (SIWI) World Water Week, an annual meeting that convenes public- and private-sector leaders focused on global water-related issues.
In April 2010, PepsiCo unveiled a new set of global goals to increase its water efficiency, preserve water resources and enable access to safe water. These goals include improving its water use efficiency by 20 percent per unit of production by 2015, striving for positive water balance, and providing access to safe water to three million people in developing countries by the end of 2015.
One of PepsiCo’s most recent water-saving measures include the recycling of potato water extracted at four of its potato chip plants in the U.K.
Nestle in the United States also reaffirms its commitment to responsible water management business practices in its operations and in the communities where it does business in recognition of World Water Week. The company is participating in a number of events at the meeting including panel discussions and seminars.
Nestle S.A. is a founding member of the CEO Water Mandate, a United Nations Global Impact initiative with a focus on developing strategies and solutions to deal with the emerging global water crisis.
Nestle’s operations account for less than 0.005 percent of fresh-water use globally, and between 2004-2009, Nestle Waters reduced water use by 20 percent globally.
Over the past five years, Nestle Waters North America reduced water consumption in its factories, claiming that it uses less water than any other packaged beverage to produce its products. The company also participates in the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable and leads its Water Committee in establishing a scientific basis for water accounting. Click here for more information about Nestle’s commitment to water management.
In June, Nestle Waters announced a water education campaign, starting in nine communities where the water bottler has LEED-certified facilities.