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More agrifood corporates committing to water stewardship targets

March 22, 2024

Corporate commitments around water stewardship get far less airtime than those for emissions reductions and regenerative agriculture, though in recent years this has started to change. In 2022, water was a prominent item on the COP27 agenda; many agree it’s the next big priority for climate action.

Agrifood corporates have a role to play given their global supply chains and the sheer influence many of these brands have on production systems and consumers. Agribusiness worldwide accounts for 70% of the world’s water usage, according to Ceres, in addition to contributing enormously to pollution.

For World Water Day, we’ve compiled a list of agrifood companies’ commitments to change these facts by reducing and conserving water. The goals range in scope from PepsiCo’s ambitious “net water positive” target to others’ plans to implement conservation projects in high-risk areas.

This list is not exhaustive — we’ve intentionally stuck to companies with very specific dates and targets. Many more mention water in their sustainability decks, albeit in somewhat opaque terms.

As always, drop me a line with your suggestions for other corporates that should be on this list.


Country Company Goal
🇺🇸 ADM By 2035: ADM 10% reduction in water intensity & withdrawal over 2019 baseline
🇧🇪 Anheuser-Busch InBev By 2025: water use efficiency of 2.5 hl/hl across all brewery sites & 2.0hl/hl at breweries in-water stressed areas
🇺🇸 Cargill By 2030: Implement water stewardship practices at all 72 priority facilities, “enable restoration” of 600 billion liters of water and reduction of 5,000 metric tons of water pollutants in water-stressed regions
Improve access to safe drinking water for 500,000 people
🇩🇰 Carlsberg By 2030: Water usage efficiency of 2.0 hl/hl globally and 1.7 hl/hl at breweries in high-risk areas;
100% water replenishment of water consumption at breweries in high-risk areas
🇺🇸 Coca-Cola Water usage efficiency of 2.0 hl/hl globally and 1.7 hl/hl at breweries in high-risk areas; improve health of “critical” 60 watersheds; 100% water replenishment at breweries in high-risk areas
🇫🇷 Danone 25% reduction in water consumption for direct farmers in high-risk; reduce water usage in factories in high water-stress areas by 50%
🇺🇸 Diageo By 2030: Use 30% less water for every drink made
🇲🇽 Grupo Bimbo By 2030: 20% reduction in water use
🇳🇱 Heineken By 2030: Reduce water usage from 3.2 hl/hl to of 2.8 hl/hl in water stressed areas and from 3.5 hl/hl to 3.2 hl/hl worldwide
🇺🇸 Ingredion By 2025: implement water conservation in 100% of high water-stressed areas
By 2030: Reduce water use by 30% in all high water-stressed areas
🇺🇸 Kellogg By 2030: Reduce water use in global Kellogg manufacturing facilities in high water stress regions by 30%
🇺🇸 Keurig Dr. Pepper By 2025: Improve water use efficiency in its operations by 20%
By 2030: Replenish 100% of water used for beverages in highest water-risk countries
🇺🇸 Kraft Heinz By 2025: Reduce water use intensity by 15% across our manufacturing facilities
🇺🇸 Mars By 2025: “Halve our gap” to unsustainable water usage levels
🇺🇸 Mondelez International By 2025: Reduce absolute water usage in priority sites by 10%
🇺🇸 PepsiCo By 2030: “Net water positive”
🇯🇵 Suntory By 2025: Start water conservation projects in 100% of high water-stressed areas
By 2030: Reduce water intensity at Suntory-owned plants by 30%; replenish more water than used in “at least” 50% of Suntory-owned plants
🇬🇧 Unilever By 2030: implement water stewardship programs in 100 of our most water-stressed areas

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