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Water Policy

Keurig Green Mountain recognizes that water is a critical natural resource that is of strategic importance to our business, our stakeholders, and the communities in which we operate. Threats to water quality and availability present fundamental risks to the quality and availability of our beverage products, as well as to our suppliers’ livelihoods. We understand that a resilient supply chain means that there is sufficient water not just for agricultural and manufacturing processes, but also for growers, workers and their communities to thrive.

We also understand that lack of access to clean water and sanitation in many parts of the world causes great suffering in humanitarian, social, environmental and economic terms, and that the challenge of addressing access will increase over time.  

In 2010, the United Nations expanded the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to include the Human Right to Water, defined as all people’s right to safe, sufficient, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use.  In 2011, Keurig Green Mountain formally confirmed our public support for the Human Right to Water.  Keurig Green Mountain is committed to continuing to support the Human Right to Water and to developing our business in a way that facilitates effective water stewardship across our value chain.  

Keurig Green Mountain is committed to implementing the following rights-based approaches to water stewardship in our operations and supply chain, and in our broader engagement with communities, customers, employees and other stakeholders.  
  • Expand access to clean, sufficient and affordable water and sanitation resources for individuals and communities worldwide by:
    • Understanding the water resource dynamics and sanitation practices in the communities where we operate and implement business practices and partnerships that enhance and sustain local systems.
    • In collaboration with civil society, government, and private sector partners, supporting initiatives that seek to improve access to water and sanitation in communities in our value chain.
  • Protect water resources. We will contribute to the resiliency, health and quality of freshwater resources and ecosystems by:
    • Assessing water use across our operations to understand our water footprint and set targets related to water conservation, replenishment and waste-water treatment in the direct production of our products as appropriate.
    • Building capacities to analyze and respond to watershed risk across our value chain.
    • Collaborating with others to protect and restore threatened rivers and their watersheds.
    • Supporting and encouraging suppliers to conduct assessments of water usage and impacts in order to improve their water stewardship practices.
    • Sharing water stewardship practices – established and emerging – with suppliers.
  • Foster innovation in research efforts to develop improved solutions to address the water crisis, and convene key players across sectors to drive progress by:
    • Investing in and use new technologies, including efficient irrigation methods, new plant varieties, drought resistance, and water efficiency.
    • Encouraging development and use of new technologies throughout the value chain.
  • Raise awareness of our collective impact on water resources, and educate our consumers, employees, suppliers and other stakeholders on actions they can take to address the water crisis locally and globally by:
    • Undertaking water-resource education and awareness campaigns in partnership with local and global stakeholders.
    • Publishing and sharing our water strategies, targets and results; encourage suppliers to do the same.
  • Collaborate with others in business, governments and civil society to amplify the positive contributions we make by:
    • Building strong relationships with civil society organizations, especially at the regional and local levels.
    • Working with governments, public authorities and relevant international institutions to address water stewardship issues and policies, including the creation of market mechanisms that improve water stewardship.
    • Partnering with governments, business, civil society and other stakeholders to advance the body of knowledge, intelligence and tools within existing and new water initiatives and frameworks.
Updated March 2014