WRAP has launched a new “water ambition” as part of its Courtauld Commitment 2025 project.
Bidfood, Tesco and Nestlé are amongst the businesses supporting the scheme, which will require signatories to monitor water use in their own operations and improve efficiency by 2025.
They will also have to “participate in collective action to improve the quality and availability of water in key sourcing areas” and get to grips with the water-related risks in their supply chains.
In the UK, the supply chains that deliver more than half the country’s food are prone to disruptions like water scarcity. Of the top 10 countries that import food into the UK are drought-prone.
The United Nations predict that global demand for fresh water will exceed supply by 40% in 2030 due to climate change, human action and population growth.