Water Ambition: support from business

The Water Ambition has the support of some of the most influential businesses in the UK.

Andrew Griffiths, Head of Environmental Sustainability, Nestlé:

"Water is a shared and precious resource which is critical to our very existence. As part of our water stewardship programme, we have reduced our water consumption per tonne of product produced, by over 60% across our own operations in the UK and Ireland, in the last 10 years. We are also working with our dairy farmers, delivery partners and other key stakeholders to incentivise and test opportunities on farms to enhance water quality in conjunction with soil quality, biodiversity, animal health and productivity.

"The challenges associated with water, however, can only be addressed, sustainably and at scale, through genuine pre-competitive collaboration. The Courtauld 2025 Water Ambition, of which we’re proud to play an active role, provides a great platform to drive collaboration leveraging the shared ambition and expertise of key industry players, Rivers Trust, WWF and WRAP.”

Dean Holroyd, Group Technical & Sustainability Director, ABP Food Group:

“ABP Food Group fully support the approach to increase focus on this most valuable of natural resources through the C2025 Water Ambition. Since 2008, ABP Food Group has nearly halved our water use per Kg of output, a performance that has been recognised by both the Carbon Trust and European Water Stewardship. But we recognise there is still more to do as water scarcity is likely to become increasingly common, and hence why we welcome and support this initiative.”

Shirley Duncalf, Head of Sustainability, Bidfood:

"WRAP and Courtauld 2025 have been an inspiration to Bidfood on the challenge of addressing water shortages that impact so many communities across the globe, and have provided some really worthwhile tools, resources and collective action projects on plate2planet - the foodservice industry’s on-line resource for sharing best practice in CSR and sustainability. That's why we fully support the new Courtauld 2025 Water Ambition. We hope that many other foodservice organisations follow their lead and get involved too."

Liz Lowe, Sustainability Manager Coca-Cola Great Britain:

"Water is the number one ingredient in all our drinks but we believe no business can take this crucial resource for granted. Our water stewardship strategy sees us protecting the water sources we use, continually optimising the amount of water we use in our production processes and ensuring we return any waste water back to the environment. Through our partnership with WWF-UK, we’re working directly with farmers on water sensitive and sustainable farming practices across areas where sugar beet, an ingredient in some of our drinks, is grown. We’re also supporting them to improve land management, by protecting soils and reducing pollution from agricultural production: benefiting farmers and improving river health. The water ambition under the Courtauld Commitment 2025 is especially promising because it has the potential to take water stewardship to scale, maximising our collective positive impact."

Sarah Wakefield, Food Sustainability Manager, The Co-op, and Co-Chair, WRAP Water Working Group:

“At the Co-op we know that without clean water, there isn’t life. As the climate changes, water security is becoming a key concern for many of our producers and suppliers and, in order to protect food supply chains for the future, we need to take action on reducing water use and improving water quality. We are very proud to have co-chaired the WRAP Water Group and support the Courtauld 2025 Water Ambition. This is a great example of the UK Food and Drink industry coming together pre-competitively to collaborate to tackle one of the big issues in building a sustainable food system. We are delighted to start work in the Wye and Usk alongside the Rivers Trust and in South Africa with WWF to make a difference where it is needed.” 

Amanda Curtis, Senior Environment Manager, M&S:

“We’re really proud at M&S to be part of the Courtauld Commitment 2025 Water Ambition, aiming to implement water stewardship in high risk regions, collectively, and at scale, to really make a meaningful difference to the environment from where we source our products.  At M&S, we have a long history of collaboration on water stewardship projects in Spain, South Africa and Kenya which has contributed to valuable efficiencies on farm and better governance in place to manage water in the long term. We look forward to building on our experience through our C2025 partnership alongside WWF, Rivers Trust and WRAP.”

Beth Hart, Head of Agriculture, Sainsbury’s:

“Sainsbury’s is proud to support the new C2025 Water Ambition as part of our global efforts to reach our sustainability plan targets. Our commitment is to work collaboratively with water companies, NGOs, local authorities and our neighbours to protect river basins and promote integrated water management. WRAP’s ability to bring together all of the key stakeholders to promote water stewardship allows us to work together to find solutions to complex issues. The UK projects we will be supporting in the first instance in CamEO & Broadlands and Medway are key areas for British sourcing. We will work collaboratively with our farmers and growers to safeguard the quality and availability of their produce for the future and we recognise that good water stewardship is of utmost importance to achieving this.”

Laurence Webb, Responsible Sourcing Manager, Tesco:

“As part of our Little Helps Plan, Tesco has already committed to improve water and biodiversity impacts in key agricultural regions, so we are fully supportive of the Courtauld Water Ambition and its focus on collective action in the supply chain. Our supply chain accounts for the vast majority of our water footprint and over the last two years we have supported water stewardship projects in East Anglia and Doñana (Spain). We now look forward to working with our peers across the UK food and drink sector to scale up the lessons from this initial work in a range of other important sourcing locations. The Courtauld Water Ambition provides a helpful framework within which we can do this by encouraging improved farming practices, new innovation and advocacy at catchment level.”