Givaudan endorses UN CEO Water Mandate

23-03-2020

Givaudan has endorsed the CEO Water Mandate, a United Nation (UN) Global Compact initiative which brings together business leaders to address global water challenges. Givaudan’s endorsement of the mandate marks World Water Day, a UN global event which this year focuses on raising awareness of the link between water and climate change and the parts people can all play to address this.

Gilles Andrier, CEO of Givaudan, said: “Water stewardship is a global challenge which requires a global response. Driven by our purpose, we must lead the way by delivering on our own ambitious commitments to protect this precious natural resource, while harnessing the power of collaboration across sectors to drive change.”

The endorsement of the mandate further reinforces Givaudan’s commitment to water stewardship, which earned a CDP ‘A’ grade in January. The company surpassed its 2020 target for reducing global water consumption per tonne of production by 15% against a 2009, baseline three years ahead of schedule.

Givaudan’s water targets have been developed to contribute specifically to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in SDG 6, clean water and sanitation, and SDG 12, responsible consumption and production 12.2 and 12.4).

Willem Mutsaerts, head of global procurement and sustainability, concluded: “We believe that our business operations must be fully aligned and contribute to the sustainable management of water, in the key water basins in which we are active. We intend to be a role model in water stewardship by working to protect water-dependent ecosystems and encouraging the sustainable use of water resources.”

Endorsers of the mandate commit to action across six key areas, including the use of water in direct operations, supply chain and watershed management, and community engagement.