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Water management

We are working to make sure we are effectively using water resources every day.

Our approach

As a company that relies heavily on agriculture to source the raw material, we understand the necessity of managing and preserving water and watersheds within our operations and supply chain. Preserving water and watershed also means protecting human’s right to water and promotes long-term sustainability of our business. Water is an essential part of Saudi Arabia Vision 2030, which outlines the urgent need to manage and reduce the upcoming water crisis and to promote water conservation and stewardship. Consequently, water is an integral part of our environmental objectives to remain in line with the most recent best practices for companies to set goals on freshwater.

A water steering group that we formed as a part of our sustainability strategy development process in 2019 has been instrumental in setting our water management targets and action plan for improving water efficiency across our operations. The group continues to serve as a collaborative knowledge sharing platform and plays an important role driving initiatives to enhance our water culture now and over the coming years.

Almarai became a member of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) in 2018 and this is helping us drive many of our water conservation and stewardship activities within the communities where we operate. AWS focuses on the need to create a water-secure world that enables people, cultures, business, and nature to prosper, now and in the future. This partnership has allowed our network to understand and implement best practices into our business, ensuring that we can reduce our impact and conserve water where possible. We have implemented greater efficiencies into our arable and pasture farming allowing for higher yields with lower water. As a company that strives for innovation, we have also implemented water management systems such as water metering and monitoring and water risk assessments to better understand our water usage and identify areas of improvement. We have also developed water stewardship plans to ensure that our operations are in line with the AWS standards. As a company that strives for innovation, we will continue to learn within our supply chain and drive performance whilst reducing our overall water use.

2022 performance and initiatives

In 2022, we published our Water Position Statement, outlining our commitment to greater water stewardship. This statement sets out a longer-term strategy in line with our wider sustainability goals and will act as a system of governance for years to come, engaging our workers and business units in best practice thinking and culture. We have also promoted a sustained effort to encourage greater awareness about the importance of water conservation throughout our operations. Our water culture assessments have been successful in understanding how our employees approach water stewardship and are used to guide our strategy and response. This employee engagement tool allows us to empower employees and encourage a culture of ownership and best practice, resulting in greater uptake of individuals thinking and caring about water conservation. Promoting a positive culture is essential to achieving our sustainability goals, and technology plays a key role in this. We have implemented comprehensive monitoring systems across our sites to identify areas of inefficiency and upgraded our supervisory control and data acquisition systems and metering systems to gain a better understanding of our water usage, disposal, and risks of leaks. This technology helps us respond quickly to any problems, which has significantly reduced our water and energy consumption. We are committed to continuing to use technology to improve our sustainability practices and reduce our environmental impact.

Progress on our strategic goals and targets

Goal/Target Progress
Increase water efficiency across our Manufacturing, Sales, Distribution and Logistics Divisions by 15% by 2025 (against a 2018 intensity baseline)
Initiate and support collaborative efforts with stakeholders to address water risk and enhance conservation by 2025
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