Earth Day is an opportunity to highlight our commitments, challenges and achievements toward a more sustainable future. At PepsiCo, we know that no resource is as critical to our planet as water. We also know that a healthy watershed provides a reliable water supply for use by business, community and agriculture. Last week, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s water leadership group launched “Sharing Water, Engaging Business,” a report highlighting the business case for local engagement and collaboration. The report is a key deliverable of the leadership group’s water stewardship pathway, which is led by PepsiCo.
By describing the important functions that watersheds perform – from filtering runoff to absorbing flood waters to recharging groundwater reserves – the report makes the case for business involvement and provides examples of actions that companies have taken around the world. These range from PepsiCo India’s direct rice seeding project to SABMiller’s water futures partnership to Kimberly-Clark’s community water saving program.
Water will always be vital to business, communities, and the environment. By working together to protect and preserve watersheds, businesses and other local stakeholders can help ensure that water will be available.