Water is an existential necessity for the life of humans, animals and plants alike. Global population growth, the associated increase in water consumption and the rise in droughts due to climate change are reducing water availability, leading to a decline in water quality and reducing biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), agriculture consumes around 70% of the world's fresh water. To reduce our water footprint, we continuously analyse our product ranges for water-intensive products from water-stressed areas. These analyses are used to derive measures, targets and specific projects in countries with scarce water resources. We also participate in international bodies such as the GLOBALG.A.P. Water Stakeholder Committee to promote global solutions for sustainable water usage.
For more information about our position on water and our commitment to its conservation, see our Policy on water.