Our community water programs are designed to support healthy watersheds and sustainable programs to balance the water used throughout our production process. We do this by working on a wide range of locally relevant initiatives, such as watershed protection; expanding community drinking water and sanitation access; water for productive use, such as agricultural water efficiency; and education and awareness programs.
Together with our bottling partners, we collaborate with the World Wildlife Fund, United Nations Development Programme, Global Water Challenge, CARE, Ocean Conservancy and others to protect watersheds and support initiatives that bring clean water and sanitation to underserved areas. Since 2005, we have developed Community Water Partnerships, with more than 320 projects in 86 countries.
One of our largest collaborations is with the United States Agency for International Development and our bottling partners. Together in 2005, we formed the Water and Development Alliance to protect and improve the sustainability of watersheds, increase access to water supply and sanitation, and enhance productive use of water in 23 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Since inception, there has been a combined investment of $29.7 million. Our project in Angola helped construct 9 community water tap stands, providing 41,200 people with access to an improved water supply.
We are working with The Nature Conservancy to review our current community water initiatives and develop methodologies for quantifying their impact. Since 2005, we estimate that we have replenished 23 percent of the water used in our finished products, and we are gaining momentum toward achieving our goal of water neutrality by 2020. We estimate that in 2010 we replenished 23 percent of the water used in our finished beverages (based on 2010 unit case volume).
We also are involved with the Water Footprint Network to develop standards and guidelines for water footprint accounting and to define the concept of water neutrality. In 2010, we collaborated with The Nature Conservancy to take a look at water footprint s as a water resource management tool in a report titled Product Water Footprint Assessments. This work complements our engagement with the CEO Water Mandate, a joint initiative of the United Nations Global Compact and the government of Sweden. The CEO Water Mandate seeks to build an international movement of committed companies working to develop strategies and solutions to help address the water challenges facing the world today.
Community Water Partnerships ReportsThe Water Stewardship and Replenish Report, March 2012
This report details how
This report provides an in-depth review of our global water risks and strategy while also sharing progress to date on our water commitments, including an update on Replenish. We discuss our product water footprint assessments and findings, our engagement on sustainable agriculture, and our 320 Community Water Partnership (CWP) projects in 86 countries. The following reports from The Nature Conservancy and Global Environment & Technology Foundation document the methodologies developed in calculating liters 'replenished' from CWP projects. Download report (PDF)Towards Sustainable Sugar Sourcing in Europe - Water Footprint Sustainability Assessment
Read the 2011
Read the updated quantification December 2010 report.
Quantifying Watershed Restoration Benefits
Read The Nature Conservancy's and LimnoTech's January 2010 report.
Quantifying Water Access Benefits
Read Global Environment & Technology Foundation's September 2009 report.
MapWater Challenges Map
View a global map of where we are collaborating to address water
VideosWhere the River Flows: Partnership in Action
Find out how our partnerships are preserving the freshwater river basin that feeds into the Mesoamerican Caribbean Reef.
Community Watershed Partnership
See how we are working with partners to provide safe water to primary schools in Western Kenya.
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