Access to clean water is critical for human and animal health. That's why we champion water stewardship across our business and in the communities where we live and work.
Water affects everyone on the planet. It is so important that "clean, accessible water for all" is one of the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the central focus of the CEO Water Mandate. We endorse both.
"For years, our company has implemented programs to conserve water and manage wastewater at our facilities and at supplier facilities," says Jack Gavin, our company's associate director, environmental sustainability.
“ Effective water-resource management is important for our company and the locations where we operate.”
It's a global concern as well. The CEO Water Mandate was established in 2007 to mobilize business leaders around the world to be good water stewards at their facilities. It urges businesses to work with governments, communities and others to help address global water challenges, such as water scarcity, water-related disasters and more.
"We are committed to the mandate and to making continuous improvements in water stewardship," says Jack.
Along with conserving water and managing wastewater at our facilities, our company has supported water improvement projects in the communities where our facilities are located. For example, we helped support a project to protect the Atchafalaya River Basin in Louisiana, which stretches from Louisiana to the Gulf of Mexico. The basin is home for 250 species of birds, 100 species of fish, millions of pounds of crawfish, reptiles, raccoons, black bears and more.
“The basin is a big part of our economy, our recreation and the health of our community,” says Robert Snowden, a life-long Louisiana resident and a specialist in safety and environment for our animal health business. “Fishing and hunting are huge here. If we don’t take care of the waterways, fish and other organisms will die, and the wildlife that depend on the ecosystems will be in danger as well. In turn, families who depend on fish and game for food and income will suffer.”
Across the basin, funding from our company helped The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana improve water quality, keep forests healthy and prevent flooding.
We also have provided funding for the Triangle Land Conservancy of North Carolina to help complete a project designed to protect the tributaries that provide water for residents of Raleigh, Durham and our manufacturing facilities located nearby. And near our plant in Xochimilco, Mexico, we provided funding to help The Nature Conservancy restore and replenish the city's aquifers, as well as improve the reuse of wastewater.
"Our water stewardship programs and support for community water protection programs help ensure a safe water supply for our business and for current and future generations," says Jack.
A healthy planet is essential to human health and the sustainability of our business. Learn more about our overall commitment to environmental sustainability and sustainable water management in our operations and supply chain here.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, are a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. The goals went into effect in January 2016 and guide policy and funding decisions for the United Nations Development Funding Program. Learn more