- All food production impacts water. In fact, as much as 70 percent of all available productive water is used to produce the groceries we consume. This makes the food industry very sensitive to changes in water supply and water quality.
- As the biggest water user on the planet, the food industry has great potential to improve the water situation in different parts of the world by using water more efficiency, recycling water and reducing water pollution.
- By assessing water risks and addressing water in own operations and supply chains, companies can ensure a continuation of business, save money as operations become more effective and simultaneously, contribute to more sustainable societies.
The Water and Food group has regular meetings, where standards and tools are presented by internationally recognised brands who have implemented the standards throughout their operations. This way, Swedish companies will learn from companies that have been in the forefront of integrating wise water management into their business such as PepsiCo, Nestlé and Marks & Spencer.
There are many different mapping tools, labels and standards on the market that can support companies in their water management strategies, but selecting the right system for your business is very time-consuming and requires an understanding of what the differences in criteria means in practice.
In 2013, SIWI’s Swedish Water House, started a cluster group with representatives from food and beverage companies and retail committed to promoting more sustainable water management in their own operations and supply chain.
There is a great need for harmonization between initiatives, and therefore the cluster group’s objective has been to jointly analyze a selection of the water tools available internationally, with the overall aim to streamline and ease the burden on suppliers who often have several standards and guidelines to adhere to.
The Water and Food group has met regularly to discuss the different tools tested and presented by internationally recognized brands. This way, Swedish companies have learnt from companies that have been in the forefront of integrating wise water management into their business such as PepsiCo, Nestlé and Marks & Spencer.
Read more on our methodology under Mapping.