Water Consumption Constantly in Mind

Fresh water is a limited natural resource – and its availability and quality vary significantly around the world. This means that the water risk varies strongly across global regions.

Water Risk Atlas

Water Risk Atlas

The Aqueduct "Water Risk Atlas" of the World Resources Institute (WRI) providesa detailed overview of water risk by region – and makes it easy to see clearly how endangered this resource has become. We as a global company see it as our responsibility to contribute to minimizing water risks around the world.

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This is the reason why at Beiersdorf we carry out an annual Water Risk Analysis for all our production sites worldwide. It focuses on the regional availability of water as well as local water quality and consumption levels. Those of our sites that clearly have a high water risk commit to developing and implementing effective measures to mitigate this risk, for instance by reducing their own consumption or reusing purified water.

Water Consumption

We have several tried and trusted procedures to support this, depending on the specific options available onsite:

  • Using fresh water obtained by reverse osmosis:This procedure pumps contaminated water through purifying filter membranes, enabling it to be used to flush toilets for instance 
  • Installing closed cooling-water loops
  • Reducing water consumption in production-facility cleaning processes.

We were already able to implement site-specific measures in both 2016 and 2017. In parallel to reducing production-related water consumption, our risk mitigation commitment also includes maintaining dialog with water utilities, local government authorities, and neighboring businesses. We document the results of the Water Risk Analysis annually in our management system.