General Mills has partnered with The Nature Conservancy to address water challenges in the Ganges River Basin, as part of the company’s ambition to “champion the development of water stewardship plans in our most material and at-risk watersheds by 2025.”
I have found that businesses tend to focus water stewardship efforts within their owned-and-operated facilities, because this is where they have the most influence and ability to affect changes in practice. However, the greatest water risks – and the greatest opportunities for improved management – often lie in companies’ supply chains.
Companies including Levi Strauss & Co. and Gap Inc. have seen benefits related to retention, reduction in absenteeism, etc. in existing WASH interventions.
At one time, corporate sustainability was all about taking care of what was happening within the walls of your own facilities. Then we looked deeper.