Use and manage water responsibly
Water is one of the world’s most precious and vital resources. But as populations grow, so does the pressure on water resources.
Our businesses depend on water. Some of them use it extensively. Water stress can affect our suppliers as well as the communities and biodiversity of the areas in which we operate. We aim to use water responsibly and sustainably, and to protect our water sources. We abide by all local wastewater treatment laws, and in many cases exceed them. By doing this, we will protect our own resources and help the communities in which we operate to have access to safe, good quality water.
Water is one of the world’s most precious and vital resources and it is under significant pressure. We are committed to ensuring that we use water responsibly and, ultimately, sustainably.
The demand for drinkable water is increasing. Climate change and increased agricultural and industrial use of water threaten supply. The United Nations expects two-thirds of the world population to be short of water by 2025. The World Economic Forum has identified water crises as one of the risks which will have the biggest impact on the world over the next ten years. Businesses which use a lot of water will be scrutinised and need to address these issues. For Swire Beverages, this is already a priority topic it is committed to leading on. More information on its approach to water management can be found in its Sustainable Development Report. Other businesses, for example Swire Properties, understand that long-term access to water depends on its responsible use.
Using water efficiently and in accordance with best practice will reduce costs and contribute to global efforts to provide clean, safe and affordable water.