Implement holistic water strategies across all facilities, prioritizing manufacturing plants and communities in high-risk watersheds. Enable millions of people access to clean water through leadership in advancing water technology and enacting strategic partnerships.
Develop an enterprise-wide Water Stewardship Strategy prioritizing sites in water-stressed regions
Explore collaborations and partnerships to protect watersheds and provide greater access to clean water
Leverage our leadership in water technologies to improve access to clean water
At DuPont, we’re taking action now to be part of the solution—by innovating to design water solutions that will help our customers maximize water usage, minimize discharges and protect water supplies, and by strategically improving water stewardship at DuPont’s own manufacturing plants and other sites.
DuPont water technologies process 25 million gallons of water every minute around the world
To further expand our capabilities in this area, we announced several strategic acquisitions in 2019, including: ultrafiltration and membrane businesses Memcor and Inge; closed-circuit reverse osmosis company Desalitech; and OxyMem, which develops and produces Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR) technology for treating and purifying municipal and industrial wastewater. With these additions to our portfolio and reach, DuPont is better positioned than ever to achieve our vision for a water-optimized world.
We withdraw and purchase water from various local sources and entities for the purposes of conducting business. Some of that water is treated and returned to a local waterbody, some is rendered in our manufacturing processes, or used for other purposes such as employee health and hygiene. In 2019, we began to examine our new global footprint to understand where and how DuPont de Nemours operations interact with local watersheds.
To better understand the water risks and impacts at our sites, we used the World Resources Institute (WRI) Aqueduct Water Risk Modeling Tool to identify operational locations facing “high” to “extremely high” baseline water stress currently or by 2030. To gain further insights, in 2020 we will use WWF’s Water Risk Tool to model water stress for all DuPont sites around the world. The WWF tool will help us assess water risks using an expanded set of parameters, such as reputation and regulatory risk, that may affect business continuity in the future.
To help ensure we meet our 2030 Sustainability Goals, we will implement the Alliance for Water Stewardship International Water Stewardship Standard (the AWS Standard) for sites where we’ve determined that there could be significant water risks. The AWS Standard framework helps companies and other major water users to understand their water use and impacts, and to work collaboratively and transparently for environmentally, socially and economically sustainable water management at the scale of a local catchment.
At DuPont, implementing the AWS Standard will support our efforts to:
DuPont Water Solutions worked with the Suez Governorate in northeast Egypt to produce safe, high-quality drinking water for the 60,000 inhabitants in its four towns.
When the Perth Seawater Desalination Plant, located south of Perth, was designed and built in 2005, it was the first of its kind in Australia and the largest seawater desalination plant that had ever been built in the southern hemisphere.
The Tirupur textile wastewater treatment plant in Tamil Nandu, India, is using DUPONT’s FILMTEC™ FORTILIFE™ reverse osmosis technology to increase water efficiency to the point of zero liquid discharge.
To become better water stewards and prepare for potential regional water shortages and increased water costs, many brewers are setting ambitious goals to decrease their water use for beer production by 2030.
In Kenya’s cities and towns, only about 60% of people have access to safe drinking water, dropping to as low as 20% in informal settlements where half of the urban population lives.
Align 100% of our innovation portfolio to meaningfully advance the UN SDGs and create value for our customers
Integrate circular economy principles into our business models considering lifecycle impacts in the markets we serve.
Design 100% of our products and processes using sustainability criteria including the principles of green chemistry.
Reduce greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions 30%, including sourcing 60% of electricity from renewable energy by 2030, and deliver carbon neutral operations by 2050.
Become one of the world’s most inclusive companies, with diversity well ahead of industry benchmarks.
Create a workplace where employees report high levels of well-being and fulfillment.
Improve over 100 million lives through targeted social impact programs.