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Diageo reaffirms commitment to water stewardship ahead of World Water Week

We’re proud to be one of over 300 organisations joining together for World Water Week to exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.

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As the world prepares to mark World Water Week (26th-31st August), the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues, we’re proud to be reaffirming our commitment to responsible water stewardship with:

  • New projects to improve water efficiency and to support local communities
  • A refreshed Water Blueprint which lays out our path to address the global water challenge along our entire value chain
  • Participation at World Water Week in Stockholm to share our experiences

With water stress on the rise in many parts of the world, we’ve installed new technology at our distilleries in Maharashtra state, India, to improve water conservation through a number of water recovery projects.

At our Nasik, Aurangabad and Pioneer sites for example, we’ve installed a number of water recycling systems that will enable us to re-use of up to 500,000 cubic metres of water a year - enough to fill 200 Olympic swimming pools – and a 35% reduction in the water we’re extracting.

Installing a bore hole in the remote villages of Tom and Mvanga in Cameroon, West Africa, where there was no access to clean water has changed the lives of the community who live there.

At our Uganda Brewery in Kampala, East Africa, which produces brands including Port Bell, Guinness, Tusker and Senator, we’ve invested £4.4 million in a three year project that has already seen significant results, with the brewery now returning water to Lake Victoria at a higher quality than when it was extracted.

“Effective water stewardship is essential for the environment, for the economy, for communities and most importantly for future generations. Managing water responsibly is key to achieving our performance ambition and we are absolutely committed to finding better ways of managing water sustainably in each part of our value chain, wherever we operate.”

Ivan Menezes
Ivan Menezes

Chief Executive

Find out more about our strategic approach to water stewardship here.

We’re proud that the impact of our programmes and partnerships is being felt in many parts of the world:

  • Around the world we’ve improved the water efficiency of our distilleries & breweries by 40%. For example, using water recovery technology at our Cameronbridge distillery in Scotland, we’re able to recover up to 40% of the water used in the distilling process. Over one year, this is enough water saved to fill 246 Olympic swimming pools.
  • Our Water of Life programme has improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for more than 10 million people in 21 countries around the world since 2006.
  • Installing a bore hole in the remote villages of Tom and Mvanga in Cameroon, West Africa, where there was no access to clean water has changed the lives of the community who live there.
  • In Ghana 700,000 people across 71 communities have benefited from our Water of Life programmes.
  • In June 2017, we became the first alcohol beverage company to publish water and carbon footprints for five of its key global brands - Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan and Guinness - helping people better understand the environmental impact of some of its most popular brands