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) offers us an easy and detailed overview of how valuable this resource is. We as a global company see it as our responsibility to contribute in minimizing water risks around the world.

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This is why in 2014, Beiersdorf carried out the first Water Risk Analysis for all our production locations worldwide: This focused on the regional availability of water, water quality and consumption levels in each region. Our “Water consumption approach 2020” provides the basis for this methodology. The approach identifies the production-relevant water supply on both a regional and a local level. Those of our locations that clearly have a high water risk undertake to develop appropriate measures to mitigate this risk, starting by reducing their own consumption.

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

  • Producing fresh water by means of “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 roll out location-specific measures both in 2015 and 2016. In parallel to reducing production-related water consumption, Beiersdorf’s risk mitigation commitment also includes maintaining dialog with water suppliers, local government authorities, and neighboring businesses. We document the results of the Water Risk Analysis in our management system.