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Goal:

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Roadmap to 2030

To begin working on our ten-year ambition, we will first:

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Develop an enterprise-wide Water Stewardship Strategy prioritizing sites in water-stressed regions

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Explore collaborations and partnerships to protect watersheds and provide greater access to clean water 

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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.

[1] https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/18-06-2019-1-in-3-people-globally-do-not-have-access-to-safe-drinking-water-unicef-who

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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. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Managing water at our sites



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:

  • Understand water dependencies and impacts
  • Mitigate operational and supply chain water risks
  • Ensure responsible water procedures are in place at our sites
  • Build relationships with local water-related stakeholders
  • Address challenges shared with others in the catchment.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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