Working together to protect critical water resources

6th September 2019

The Courtauld Commitment 2025 Water Ambition progress report

New report sets out
The physical, commercial and reputational risks facing UK food and drink businesses linked to water needs in their supply chains
Steps businesses can take to reduce their exposure to water risks
A ready-made framework of collective action projects in key sourcing locations which supply more than 2/3 of the UK’s vegetables (excluding potatoes) and 1/3 of the UK’s fruit

Infographic: the case for action

What actions can business take? 

Reducing your exposure to water risks.

WWF has defined a framework to guide businesses towards being a water steward and reducing exposure to water risks.


Checklist for businesses 
To help businesses take the right steps, we have produced a checklist which outlines the actions to take, as well as links to further sources of guidance and support tools.  
Download the checklist here.

Collective action projects: UK

Collective action projects: International

A call for collaboration on a common challenge

The challenges facing us on water do not discriminate between companies, countries or crops.  Collaborating with partners via the Courtauld 2025 commitment ensures that we maximise our impact and do not duplicate effort.  We support the call for others to join in collective action in key sourcing areas and look forward to working together to develop a future we all want to see.

Thomas Farrell, UK Environmental Manager, ABP

Chris Brown, Senior Director Sustainability and Sourcing, ASDA

Liz Lowe, GB Sustainability Manager, Coca-Cola Great Britain

Sarah Wakefield, Sustainable Sourcing and Fairtrade Manager, Co-op

Ashley Gilman, Agriculture Manager, Cranswick

Kate O’Driscoll, Head of Sustainability, Kepak Group

Emmanuelle Hopkinson, Sustainability Project Manager, M&S

Andy Griffiths, Head of Value Chain Sustainability, Nestle

Lee Haughton, Group Environmental Manager, Premier Foods

Judith Batchelar, Director of Sainsbury’s Brand, Sainsbury’s

Matt Bardell, Group Sustainability Manager, Saputo Dairy UK

Laurence Webb, Responsible Sourcing Manager, Tesco

Matt Dight, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Tulip

Andy Mitchell, Senior Technical Manager, Worldwide Fruit


Contact Karen Fisher to find out more.