Water in our communities

We have a long tradition of investing in local communities with over two decades of providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene and, since 2015, comprehensive water replenishment in water stressed areas. We will significantly increase our commitment, principally through an enhanced water replenishment programme and a renewed commitment to collective action.

Our programme will include the replenishment of all consumptive water at our sites located in water stressed areas. This will be achieved through more than 150 community water projects such as planting trees, rainwater harvesting, wetland restoration and desilting dams, as well as improving water quality and access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). This will require working closely with expert partners and NGOs, and in particular our global partner WaterAid, to ensure our projects deliver measurable improvements and solutions to local water issues, and engage and empower local communities, particularly women.

We will extend our commitment to participate in collective action in our priority water stressed basins, joining existing and helping establish new basin-wide, multi-stakeholder collaboration to address the broader systemic water risks in these basins and, combined with our replenishment programme, contribute to achieving a net positive water impact. We will also certify our sites in these basins to the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard, the leading independent certification of best practice water stewardship.

Our 2030 targets include:

  • Replenish all direct consumptive water used in water stressed areas
  • Complete 150 community water projects, including providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene
  • All of our priority water basins engaged in collective action to improve water security
  • All sites in water stressed areas provide improved access to safe water sanitation and hygiene for nearby communities and in smallholder raw material sourcing areas.