Our second partnership sees us joining the Alliance for Water Stewardship, an organisation whose globally recognised framework for water stewardship, the AWS Standard, helps major water users understand their own water dependencies and impacts.
As a funding member, we are trialling the AWS Standard in select water-stressed sites, and will be looking to codify and build it into our existing processes and procedures.
We are also building on existing experience in addressing water-related issues through our Hindustan Unilever Foundation and the Prabhat programme which has been implemented in eight manufacturing sites to address gaps in water supply and demand in India.
In the six years it’s been active, the programme has helped 2.95 million people through projects such as building irrigation systems, organising rainwater collection, and helping local farmers select water-efficient crops. All of which has resulted in 12 billion litres of additional water supply, 22 billion litres of water savings, and more than 18,000 tonnes of additional agricultural yield.
Adrian Sym, CEO at the Alliance for Water Stewardship, says: “We greatly welcome Unilever as a funding member of AWS. Having witnessed projects implemented by the Hindustan Unilever Foundation, I have a deep respect for how their work builds trusting relationships with communities. We are excited about the expertise, knowledge and experience that Unilever can bring to help our members improve water stewardship practice.”