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Water

Clean, plentiful water is an important resource for our companies and communities. Since 2009, our operating companies have reduced water consumption by approximately 18 percent. To further our progress in water reductions, we introduced a water intensity goal in 2015:

GOAL
  • Reduce water intensity (gallons/$million revenue) by 30 percent by 2020 against a 2014 baseline.

 


TOTAL WATER WITHDRAWAL

619,141,092
533,490,819
514,523,004
495,430,306
509,976,491
509,840,538
501,270,273
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Water Consumed (Gallons)


 

Each operating company is responsible for identifying and executing its own strategy to meet this goal. In 2015 our efforts led to a 2 percent reduction in water use, a reduction of 19 percent since 2009. Several water reduction and reuse projects were identified and implemented late in 2015 which will generate significant savings in 2016. Read more about water reduction projects here. In support of our water goal, each operating company is tasked with evaluating and implementing at least one water reduction project in 2016.

Our operating companies also recognize the importance of their suppliers adopting good water management practices, and suppliers of tobacco receive water-management training in their Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training. Read about our environmental supply chain strategy in the Responsible Agriculture section.