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Mars' overarching long-term target is to end unsustainable water use in operations and the supply chain

Mars targets 'water balance' at manufacturing plants facing water stress

FMCG giant Mars has committed to achieving 'water balance' at five manufacturing sites in water-stressed areas by 2025 - a term meaning that, for every litre of water used, at least one litre is treated and reused.

Cotton has a market value of $12bn and accounts for 31% of raw materials used in the textile market

Global cotton-growing regions facing increased exposure to climate risks

Global cotton production is vastly unprepared for the looming climate crisis, with more than half of the world's growing regions set to be exposed to water scarcity and extreme weather events that will disrupt the market.

Anglian Water has a commitment to become a net-zero business by 2030

Anglian Water issues £250m sustainability-linked investment framework

Anglian Water has unveiled its first sustainability-linked bond framework, worth £250m, that will enable investment into low-carbon initiatives and projects that improve climate resilience across the areas where it operates.

SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 6 - Clean Water & Sanitation

edie's latest SDG Spotlight report provides a detailed progress update on how businesses are transforming operations, services and supply chains to deliver Goal 6: Clean Water & Sanitation across the globe.

The report warns that businesses must do more to minimise water extraction, accelerate replenishment and eliminate pollution

CDP: Water risk costs for corporates five times higher than cost of action

Some $301bn of business value is at risk because of water stewardship challenges, yet it would take corporates just $55bn to deliver appropriate mitigation and adaptation initiatives.

#SustyTalk: P&G's Frantz Beznik on water stewardship and green innovations

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive interview with Procter & Gamble's global head of sustainable innovation Frantz Beznik.

Pictured: A health centre worker carrying water in Ethiopia. Image: WaterAid/ Genaye Eshetu

Report: Only 1% of global climate finance helps water-stressed communities

Of the $73bn of international climate funding provided in 2018, less than 1% was allocated to help the world's poorest people access water and sanitation, a major new report from WaterAid reveals.

The Resilient Cities Network's director of innovation and project development Braulio Eduardo Morera will lead the new initiative

P&G and Electrolux among corporate members of major new water security alliance

Businesses including Procter & Gamble (P&G), Electrolux and Suez have joined a new initiative aimed at uniting the private, public and third sectors with policymakers in a collective drive to tackle water scarcity.

Water scarcity now affects more than 40% of the global population

Microsoft to become water positive by 2030

Microsoft has built on its ambitious emissions reduction targets by committing to becoming a "water positive" business by 2030, pledging to replenish more water than it uses.

If natural disasters occur at the same rate recorded over the last 30 years, 1.2 billion could be displaced globally by 2050

Climate crisis to cause mass population displacement and growth in refugees, report finds

The ecological and climate crises are on course to displace more than 1.2 billion people by 2050, as natural disasters, food shortages and water scarcity create mass disruptions to global migration trends.

Unilever will introduce water stewardship programmes for local communities, manufacturing operations and suppliers in 100 water-stressed locations by 2030

Unilever enhances global water stewardship efforts

Unilever has joined two coalitions aimed at implementing projects in water-stressed countries to improve access to safe and clean water by 2030.

Nearly half the global population are already living in potential water-scarce areas 

England at serious risk of water shortage by 2040, MPs warn

England is at "serious risk" of running out of water within 20 years because of policymakers', regulators' and the water sector's failure to tackle leakage and align with net-zero.

According to the survey, 10% of the public consider water consumption a key environmental consideration

'Great British Rain Paradox': Public unaware of UK's water scarcity

The risks of climate change and population growth on water scarcity in the UK remain hidden, with a new survey of 2,000 Brits revealing that water consumption is low down on the priority agenda for environmental concerns.

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P&G to donate 500,000 litres of clean water across the globe

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has launched a new campaign to donate up to half a million litres of clean water to in-need communities around the world, and is encouraging UK citizens to take part by watching and sharing a new docuseries.

17 countries including India, home to 1.3 billion people, are identified as having ‘extremely high’ water stress

Extreme water stress affects a quarter of the world's population, say experts

A quarter of the world's population across 17 countries are living in regions of extremely high water stress, a measure of the level of competition over water resources, a new report has revealed.

The Defra consultation will run for 12 weeks

Defra proposes personal water 'budgets'

The Department for Food, the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) has proposed the introduction of a "personal water target" which would legally require individuals to keep their water consumption within a certain "budget".

Water scarcity now affects more than 40% of the global population

AB Sugar launches global innovation challenge to address water stewardship

Global sugar producer AB Sugar has partnered with WaterAid to launch a new initiative aimed at spurring innovation that can solve the challenge of water loss in agriculture.

edie Explains: The circular economy

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The founding water firms are urging other companies to join the Fund, after its launch this morning (9 April)

UK water firms join global funding alliance helping sector to champion green innovation

UK-based water companies Severn Trent and United Utilities are among a group of 10 global water firms to have jointly launched a new innovation fund aimed at supporting green solutions to the sector's biggest sustainability challenges.

World Water Day 2019: The supply chain has a huge role to play

Today marks the United Nation's (UN) World Water Day, an opportunity to pause and reflect on the important role each of us can play in protecting our global water supply - for ourselves and future generations.

The Every Drop ambition for 2030 commits Heineken to maximise water circularity in water-stressed areas to treat 100% of its wastewater worldwide

Why Heineken is championing water circularity as its contribution to the SDGs

EXCLUSIVE: Brewer Heineken has called for more collaborative and circular approaches to water use, after launching a new 2030 strategy aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation.

Through the lens of SDG 6, Diageo learnt that it could improve CSR efforts around gender, poverty and health and wellbeing in the communities that it interacts with

The SDGs In Action: How Diageo is achieving SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

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Trafalgar Square. London ranks as one of the most water-stressed cities in the world

Thames Water launches cashback scheme to incentivise water savings

Thames Water has launched a new "cash boost" scheme to retailers that can deliver measurable water savings across London and the Thames Valley area.

This week's best innovations could drive significant change across the fashion, renewables and plastics sectors

Printed solar panels and carbon capture breakthroughs: The best green innovations of the week

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