The availability of fresh water is a growing concern around the world and therefore currently a heavily discussed topic on the international agenda. Although water scarcity is no global phenomenon as e.g. climate change, an increasing number of regions does not have access to sufficient fresh water supplies to meet industrial or sometimes even basic sanitation needs.
Complying with international and local laws, and striving to apply the strictest requirements worldwide, we
A responsible, sustainable use of water requires the commitment from many different stakeholders, i.e. from regulators, NGOs, academia, the public, the private sector and others. We believe that this global challenge and our own objectives can best be met through multi-lateral partnerships and therefore engage in water-related initiatives with international and local partners. To facilitate the transfer of learnings and know-how, we are committed to the transparent reporting of our water-related activities.
Bayer operates production facilities around the world, but only 2 percent of its water usage takes place in areas officially classified by the World Resources Institute as water scarce (e.g. Australia). Nevertheless, Bayer is committed to make contributions to the protection of water resources. This includes the further improvement of our own water-use-efficiency, the development of innovate products and technologies for the market and the support of water-related community projects.
Furthermore, we are an endorsing member of the CEO Water Mandate of the UN Global Compact. Bayer was among the first endorsers of the communiqué “Make Water Sustainability A Priority” which was published on occasion of the UN conference “Rio +20”. The protection of all natural resources is an integral part of Bayer’s commitment to sustainable development. Our commitment to protect und use water responsibly is expressed in our corporate water position.