We take a comprehensive approach to understanding our water use across our full value chain. Alongside this, we are driving innovation in our products and operations to concentrate our efforts in water scarce areas where we can have the greatest impact, as well as looking to reduce the impact of our water use, advance water stewardship and protect the environment and local water sources.
You can find out more about how we are reducing our water use and impact, as well as how we are addressing scarcity challenges, protecting water quality and our commitment to preventing pollution, in our ‘Water resources’ Insight.
All our products require water at some point in their lifecycle, whether in our manufacturing operations, as part of producing their ingredients or in use, and we are continually seeking ways to reduce our water use.
In the manufacturing process, we’ve invested in better systems to more accurately monitor our water usage. Linking our sites and management teams to one connected system provides greater visibility of performance and allows us to identify opportunities to further reduce and recycle water, as well as sharing best practices across our sites.
One of the largest shares of our total water use is at the point of consumer use. We are working on developing new products that require less water such as our Dettol Squeezy liquid soap and Dettol Touch of Foam soap, which require significantly less water to use than conventional bar soap.
Water is a local resource. We can make a difference to local communities, eco-systems and businesses by addressing issues around local water scarcity. We have identified areas where we can have the greatest impact and we are helping local communities on projects to improve access to and replenish water sources.
We are committed to discharging waste water responsibly, treating water efficiently and ensuring the environment is not degraded. All production sites must implement our waste water standard and ensure compliance with applicable local regulatory requirements. Alongside this, we take our commitment to preventing pollution seriously and are targeting continuous improvements in this area.