Growing water scarcity is a huge risk to our future growth – as well as a business opportunity to better meet people’s needs.
2.8 billion people around the world experience poor access to water. This number is estimated to increase significantly by 2030, with the Water Resources Group estimating that 25% of the total water demand in 2030 will not be met. Consumer demand for water has doubled since 1950 and it is predicted to double again by 2030. The consequences for food security, health and living conditions are substantial.
The water pillar of our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan contributes to a number of the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development: Goal 6 – Clean water and sanitation; Goal 8 – Decent work and economic growth; Goal 9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure; Goal 12 – Responsible consumption and production; Goal 13 – Climate action; and Goal 17 – Partnerships for the goals.
We are focusing our expertise and resources on developing products, devices and services that meet the domestic water needs of our consumers in water-scarce countries. We are working with suppliers to reduce the water used to grow our crops in these countries. And we are reducing water use in our own factories across the world.