In order to conserve this precious resource, Woolworths Holdings Limited is taking significant steps to reduce our reliance on fresh water resources.
With our operations largely in areas where water remains a key risk in respect of availability and quality, we are continuously implementing innovative ways of ensuring that we can proactively mitigate against some of the negative impacts associated our operations. We continue to explore opportunities to improve the monitoring, management, and efficiency of water use across our stores, warehouses, offices, and distribution centres. We are embedding a programme to more accurately monitor water usage and address identified leaks, to help progressively reduce water usage and also implement efficiency and grey water usage throughout our operations.
Through Woolworths’ Farming for the Future programme, we have been working to improve efficiency of water usage across our suppliers’ farms. We have now embarked on a journey of water stewardship to solve water challenges on a collective basis, and are asking our suppliers in South Africa and further afield to join us. Our goal is to establish at least one water stewardship programme a year to increase collective action around water conservation in priority areas.
In 2011, Greenpeace launched a water detox campaign to expose the links between global clothing brands, their suppliers, and water pollution around the world. In response to this, in 2016, Woolworths made a commitment to eliminate 11 key priority chemicals from our clothing supply chain. All Country Road Group manufacturers must sign the Environmental Code of Practice for the dyeing, printing, and finishing of merchandise supplied.
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