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Smart Water: A Prosperous Future for the Food and Drink Supply Chain

This report from Business in the Community (BITC) is intended as a practical resource for food and drink manufacturers, caterers and retailers operating in the UK.

Smart Water: A prosperous future for the food and drink supply chain explains why looking after water matters, and the business drivers for having a food and drink supply chain resilient to risks associated with water. It provides guidance framed in ‘Six steps towards sustainable water management’ for companies to work through:

  1. Understand your relationship with water
  2. Create a plan of action
  3. Manage water sustainably in your operations
  4. Work with your agricultural suppliers
  5. Build resilience to flooding and water shortages
  6. Collaborate on sustainable water management

To inspire action, it draws on examples of what companies - such as Kellogg's, Marks & Spencer (M&S), Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Diageo, and PepsiCo - are already doing independently, with their agricultural supply chains and through collective action.

At the end of the report, useful tools, initiatives and information sources are listed for each of the 'six steps.'

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