We believe that proactive, long-term engagement and partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders can help to define, implement and evaluate solutions to the complex environmental challenges that we face.
Together with The Coca-Cola Company, we are committed to good water stewardship and have in place a robust system to ensure that we are managing water sustainability.
We note that the World Economic Forum has listed ‘water crises’ in the top five ‘Global Risks to Business’ since 2012. We prioritise maintaining sustainable high-quality supplies across our business. In doing so we recognise that access to high-quality water is also critical for the communities in which we operate, and we take their needs into consideration when assessing a water source’s sustainability.
We conduct vulnerability assessments of the water sources for all our non-alcoholic bottling plants and have implemented management plans to ensure that the sources we use are sustainable – not only for our own operations but for the communities that also rely on them. These plans are reviewed annually and updated every five years in light of the changes that may have occurred in our business, the climate, community use, and for agricultural users, among other stakeholders.
Within our operations we view water as a precious resource and manage it accordingly. In 2019 we maintained our achievement against our non-alcoholic water usage ratio target of 1.95 L/L. We have a 2020 goal for alcoholic beverages to reduce the water usage ratio by 25 per cent compared to 2013. In 2019 we achieved a reduction of 11.8 per cent. Further focus is required to achieve this goal by 2020. The total water we used in our manufacturing operations in 2019 was 6,545 ML, a 4.6 per cent increase compared to the prior year, with over 75 per cent of this coming from municipal water supplies.
Together with The Coca-Cola Company we also implement water replenishment programs in most countries, and in 2019, we estimate that we replenished over 9,178 ML, which is 290 per cent of the water used in our finished products.
Delivering on our environmental sustainability commitments is core to everything we do, every day. No matter how big or small the waste, waste reduction is worth exploring and over the last year, we've made important steps forward.